Water security is a growing risk for the private sector, particularly for multinational companies. A McKinsey Study published in 2009 stated, that the competition over water resources will become more fierce in the coming decades. It is estimated that by 2030, the water supply gap will be at 40 per cent, which will increase the pressure for companies to operate in a sustainable manner. Harmonising different user interests and identifying joint solutions for shared risks will become a major challenge, particularly in regions with a weak governance structure. During the last decade a growing number of international initatives have emerged to combine private companies' involvement in order to identify solutions.
The Water Future Partnership (WFP) aims to mitigate shared water risks and to implement concrete risk mitigation measures as well as to anchor solutions in lasting institutional structures that are reflected in national water strategies and policy frameworks. The major challenge is to establish trusted relationships between the tripartite of private sector, public sector, and civil society to jointly formulate the problem and develop an implementation strategy. adelphi supports GIZ in the evaluation and conceptual development of the WFP as well as with the implementation of related strategic partnerships, e.g. WWF and SABMiller. Within this cooperation, adelphi has already evaluated pilot projects in Ukraine, Peru, Zambia, Tanzania and South Africa and identified potential entry points for the WFP in India. The assessments of pilot projects and best practices were incorporated into the conceptual development of the WFP. Initial approaches for shared risk assessments and risk management tools have been derived for project experiences. Furthermore, adelphi supports existing and new partnerships.