The Sustainable Water Fund (Fonds Duurzaam Water, abbreviated as FDW) is a public-private partnership programme funding projects in developing countries that contribute to inclusive green growth by improving water security and flood prevention. The projects should alleviate poverty, help sustain economic growth and stimulate self-reliance. FDW is a grant programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is managed by RVO, the agency of the Government of the Netherlands.


The FDW tender programme is closed for now. Open calls are published on our calls page


FDW can subsidize up to 60% of the project budget (up to 70% for projects focussing on improved river basin management and safe deltas). The maximum FDW grant is EUR 3,000,000 per project. The remainder must be financed by the partnership. Projects must be implemented within a maximum of 7 years.


Project focus
Your project should focus on resolving a problem for which a public-private partnership has a crucial advantage within one or more of the three FDW-themes:


  • Efficient and sustainable water use, particularly in the agricultural sector
  • Improved river basin management and safe deltas
  • Sustainable access to clean drinking water and sanitation (including waste management)


Target countries
Projects should be implemented in one of the countries included in the FDW country list. Refer to the world map below for a visual view of the eligible countries. 


  • Africa: Algeria, Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia
  • Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam
  • Latin America: Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru and Suriname
  • Europe: Armenia, Georgia, Kosovo and Moldova


Eligible applicants
FDW is open for applications from a consortium of organisations, which must include at least:


  • One public/government body
  • One company/business
  • One NGO


Within this partnership, at least one partner should be from the Netherlands and one is from the country where the project activities will be implemented. One of the partners will apply for the grant on behalf of the partnership.


FDW is a competitive grant programme, attracting far more applications than can be funded. Selection follows a two-staged procedure:


  • Stage one: concept note
  • Stage two: full proposal, subject to RVO’s positive evaluation of the concept note


Why work with Advance Consulting?

Advance Consulting developed successful FDW applications for clients with projects in South Africa, India (2) and Mozambique. We can guide and help you, from the initial assessment of your project idea up to the approval of the FDW application. Contact for further information on the FDW programme.


Eligible countries on a map

A visual view of the eligible countries for the FDW programme.