As an initiative of the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Trans-boundary Water Governance at the Australian National University, the Global Water Forum was founded in 2010. The Forum has since grown bigger that it also forms a partnership with Oxford University. The Forum is presented as an online resource through which public can observe articles that are evidence-based, free, and accessible on the subject of freshwater governance. Those who are interested in solving challenges in the topic and provide solutions can take part in a forum of discussion in the website. The website itself serves as a hub for both internally and externally produced resources. The main goal that the website has is to help build the capacity of policy-makers, students, people working in water sector, and the general public to have a better grasp and give correct respond to the complex problems relating to freshwater and its governance. The Forum also has several more specific goals to observe. It helps people to share knowledge about challenges in water-related subjects and seek actions to solve these challenges in a manner that is objective and accessible. It creates a space for people to discuss and present alternative views through the spread of knowledge of practical, technical, and academic nature.
The Forum seeks to establish a forum where positive change can be mobilized more dynamically. Through the discussion forum, it is also expected that water problems or community level and the actions relating to them can be highlighted on a global scope. It is also expected that through the Forum, people of different backgrounds (motivated citizens, policy-makers, practitioners, students, or academics) can together seek solution to solve water management issues in global scope.
Discussion articles make up most of the main content on the Forum. There are articles ranging from 800 to 1200 words that cover a wide spectrum of topics relating to water. The articles and all contents found on the Forum are contributed by leading experts in the subject including academics, key water partners, civil servants, and practitioners. The contents talk about latest academic research, opinions by experts on water issues, explanations of concepts and topics that are complex, and case studies that focus on examples of both successful and unsuccessful attempts at water resources management. In addition to articles, the http://citibetqq.com website is also home to data and tools, open-access journal articles, interviews with water experts, job opportunities and scholarship, lectures, educational resources, e-books, calculators, glossaries, and images.