Transboundary Water Management (2012-2013)


Transboundary waters can be a source of conflict between or within states, especially in regions with water scarcity. However, if managed properly they can help build peace and sustainable development. Although there has been a large global interest and engagement in transboundary water management initiatives, the ways in which these affect and are interlinked with the broader development context in riparian countries including poverty reduction, environmental protection, economic development, political stability are still not well understood.

By gathering Swedish expertise from non-governmental organisations, public authorities, research institutes and private companies this cluster group aims to improve our understanding of the context in which transboundary water management takes place. It will help identify the features of successful projects by supporting research on how and in what areas the results of transboundary water management projects can be measured in terms of their effect on development, including on aspects such as the environment, poverty, economic development and political stability. The broader aim of the group is to increase the interest and engagement by riparian countries and development partners in transboundary water management by providing more in-depth knowledge about its results and links to the broader development context. Based on its research and dialogues, the cluster group will engage in international processes relevant to TWM and develop policy recommendations for development partners and countries with transboundary water resources.

Transboundary Water Management Database

In October 2011, Swedish Water House initiated a project to map what regional and international actors are doing within Transboundary Water Management. This was a response to the very limited, fragmented and often case-specific nature of TWM knowledge. The actor-based mapping aimed to assist the identification of “knowledge gaps” and needs for further actions, leading to more informed decision-making in water management. It also aimed to highlight positive examples of TWM, acting as a motivation for increased investments by development partners. It also sought to promote objective decision-making, thereby helping to form a framework for resource allocation in TWM. The database draws on the information collected through the mapping project and gives a snapshot of the activities, processes and projects of and tools used by actors working with various transboundary water issues.

Explore the Transboundary Water Management Database here.

If you are interested to know more about the cluster group, please contact Karin Glaumann at


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