people will be given access to water and sanitation services in some of the world’s poorest communities.
countries will have improved systems for delivering sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services.
Global Report on how to deliver long-lasting access to water, sanitation and hygiene services.
Across the world, women are forced to waste precious time walking long distances to collect dirty water. Girls are dropping out of school because there are no private toilets, and young children are not surviving to see their fifth birthday because of preventable diseases.
In Phase 1 of the Global Program with WaterAid (2014-2017), we focused on ensuring clean water and sanitation for 250,000 school children, enabling them to stay in school and get the most out of their education.
Although huge steps have been made in giving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene services to millions of people worldwide, sustainability poses a critical challenge to the sector. In many countries, the systems and institutions needed to ensure sustainability are extremely weak or non-existent.
Building on the success of Phase 1, we have moved the program into the second phase. This program will address the underlying barriers, may they be social, financial, environmental, institutional, legal, capacity-related or technical, that have an impact on the sustainability of services.
An important component of ensuring sustainability, is to focus on the behavioural change needed to make it work. It’s not enough to educate people in good hygiene practices, if nobody actually has the will to make use of it. The hygiene and sanitation behavioural changes that are established through this program, need to be long-term to contribute to positive change.
Cecilia Chatterjee-Martinsen, Chief Executive WaterAid Sweden
On a local level, WaterAid will be working in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Pakistan and Uganda. By drawing on best practices and case studies from the work in these countries, WaterAid will also work globally through advocacy and influencing of key stakeholders on national and global levels.
Learn more about WaterAid on their website.