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Global Program for Water

The lack of clean drinking water and functioning toilets affects the lives of millions of people. More than 10% of the world's population still live without safe water to drink and must drink water that can make them sick, and one in three live without a decent toilet. In the Global Program for Water, the H&M Foundation together with WaterAid, are aiming to change this.
Our goals

150,000

people will be given access to water and sanitation services in some of the world’s poorest communities.

4

countries will have improved systems for delivering sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services.

1

Global Report on how to deliver long-lasting access to water, sanitation and hygiene services.

150,000

people will be given access to water and sanitation services in some of the world’s poorest communities.

4

countries will have improved systems for delivering sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services.

1

Global Report on how to deliver long-lasting access to water, sanitation and hygiene services.

Photo: WaterAid/Asad Zaidi
Photo: WaterAid/Asad Zaidi
Photo: WaterAid/Asad Zaidi
Photo: WaterAid/Asad Zaidi
Photo: WaterAid/Asad Zaidi

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.

To transform people’s health and lives, change must happen not just once, but day after day, year after year.

Enabling children to stay in school

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.

Sustainable systems are key

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.

“We will be able to transform the lives of some of the world’s poorest people by improving their wellbeing and living conditions - not only today but tomorrow and for many years to come.”

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.

OUR GOALS

  • Give 150,000 people access to water and sanitation services in some of the world’s poorest communities.
  • Improve systems for delivering sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services in four countries
  • Launch a Global Report to share learnings and best practice on how to deliver long lasting access to water, sanitation and hygiene services.
SUMMARY
Focus area: Water
Project: Global Program for Water
Country: Cambodia, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Uganda
Partner: WaterAid
Project period: 2017-2020
Total donation: 60 million Swedish krona
People reached by 2020: 150,000

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