ACWR - African Centre for Water Research

Core Values

Core values are the essential and enduring principles which permeate an organisation – guiding the way everyone in the organisation thinks and acts – both internally as well as with the outside world. These values are not dictated by fashion, politics or business sentiment, but reflect what is held as important by every member of the organisation. They are the soul of the organisation and provide a direct way of being held to account for our actions. The following are the core values of the African Centre for Water Research:


Honesty, integrity and transparency will be hallmarks of dealing with ACWR.

The work of ACWR is guided by independence and objectivity – ACWR does not subscribe to one specific world-view.

Respect – for all individuals and their ideas, values and traditions - based on the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of South Africa.

Interdependence – success is the result of the contributions of many, while failure is something with a lesson for all.

Complex challenges require creative thinking and actions.

The development of capacity (knowledge and experience) in our organisation, South Africa and the region is promoted and actively supported.

Taking care with our work to ensure excellence in the finished product.

Balance between the various spheres of life.


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