The challenge of advancing the human right to water and sanitation has a global dimension; it cannot be tackled by any single country. Spanish Cooperation is aware that it needs to strengthen ties to improve the effectiveness of its work, and therefore dedicates part of its efforts to forging and strengthening partnerships with different water and sanitation actors, as stated in Sustainable Development Goal 17.
The Cooperation Fund for Water and Sanitation (FCAS) collaborates with the Conference of Ibero-American Water Directors (CODIA), the Ibero-American Network of Climate Change Offices (RIOCC), the Conference of Directors of Ibero-American Meteorological and Hydrological Services (CIMHET), the Latin American Network of Water Resources Management Knowledge Centres (RALCEA), and civil society organisations. As to financial institutions, FCAS has a strategic alliance with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and a memorandum of understanding with the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF).
There have also been very significant synergies with the European Union's Delegated Cooperation in the region, coordinating programmes worth EUR 1.4 billion, with EU donations of EUR 120 million. Spanish Cooperation is strengthening its reimbursable cooperation and participation in the Aquafund multi-donor fund managed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to promote the improvement of the sector in Latin America.
The Fund's actions have the added value of technical cooperation that takes advantage of the experience of Spanish institutions in the sector, through the Spanish Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, the Centre for Hydrographic Studies (CEDEX) and Tragsatec.
In recent years, collaboration has been strengthened with service providers such as the Spanish Association of Water Supply and Sanitation (AEAS), research centres such as CENTA and the Spanish Geological Survey, universities, public water companies such as EMASESA and NILSA, and NGODs.