Building on a knowledge network that catalyzes solutions for water challenges will be an essential task for the water sector. IHE Delft recognizes that meeting these global challenges requires a strong foundation of knowledge to improve water management practices.

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education envisions a world in which people manage their water and environmental resources in a sustainable manner, and in which all sectors of society, particularly the poor, can enjoy the benefits of basic services.

The mission of IHE Delft is to contribute to the education and training of professionals, to expand the knowledge base through research and to build the capacity of sector organizations, knowledge centers and other institutions active in the fields of water, the environment and infrastructure in developing countries and countries in transition.

The Institute has three main goals:

  • Develop innovation, provide new knowledge, and promote the uptake of technologies and policies that will address the issues of the global water agenda, especially  those related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Goal 6 (Ensure access to water and sanitation for all);
  • Seek, evaluate and facilitate responses for the sustainable management of water, to meet the needs of all sectors of society, particularly the poor;
  • Strengthen and promote principles of good governance that drive institutional and management change to support the sustainable management of water.