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New results report from the WSSCC Global Sanitation Fund

GSF Logo 15kb (EN)According to its latest Progress Report update, national programs supported through the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) show consistent strong growth and have made significant progress in eradicating the practice of open defecation.

Almost six million people now live in open-defecation free (ODF) communes, villages and districts. This is two million more than six months ago The total number of 3.1 million people with an improved latrine as a result of GSF-funded programs is around double the number reported a year ago.

As of 1 July 2014, the Global Sanitation Fund supports work actively in Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Madagascar, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda. In those countries, more than 140 sub-grantees have raised awareness of sanitation and hygiene nationally and in a number of regions. As a result of their work, more than three million people have access to improved toilets, among other leading indicators of progress.

The total number of 3.1 million people with an improved latrine as a result of GSF-funded programs is around double the number reported a year ago (1.6 million in June 2013). It is encouraging that the number of people in ODF environments and the number of people with improved latrines has continued to increase.

It suggests that efforts by WSSCC in the initial years to build consultative processes, introduce new systems and familiarize sub-grantees and local governments with methods of community-led total sanitation were a sound investment.

This mid-year progress update presents the on-going results of GSF program implementation.

To download a copy of the report, click here.

The UN Deputy Secretary-General invites you to view the global launch of the UN sanitation campaign to end open defecation



2.5 billion people worldwide lack access to basic level sanitation. The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has initiated, on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a renewed effort to drive progress on sanitation in the lead up to the 2015 target date of the Millennium Development goals and beyond.

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, from 10:00-11:00am US Eastern Standard Time, you can watch the launch of the new campaign live on UN TV, here:




Beyond the anecdotal, unscientific or hard-to-validate: new grant opportunity from WSSCC on impact evaluation in sanitation

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) has announced a Call For Proposals (CFP) for grant support for work relating to the ‘design and implementation of impact evaluation of sanitation and hygiene programmes’.  The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2014. 

Over 2.5 billion people – one-third of the world’s population – will remain without access to improved sanitation in 2015. Yet monitoring and evaluation of scaled-up sanitation and hygiene behaviour change programmes, advocacy, policy influencing, capacity building, research and knowledge management are often anecdotal, unscientific or hard to validate. WSSCC’s grant support therefore aims to address this situation by developing more robust ways of measuring behaviour change, and developing benchmarks and meaningful indicators across the water and sanitation hygiene (WASH) sector.

The main objectives of the grant support activities are to:

  • Identify, research and carry out impact evaluations of three or more sector programmes or projects related to sanitation and hygiene, which will include an assessment of the impact of WSSCC’s work. Findings will be used for tracing gap-maps in sanitation and hygiene, and subsequently inform strategies for the sector and that of WSSCC post-2015; 
  • Assess the progress to date in implementation of the WSSCC Medium-Term Strategic Plan (MTSP), including a review of its delivery and operational mechanisms and approaches. Based on the findings, recommend subsequent course corrections to achieve its outcomes in a more efficient and effective manner;
  • Create an evaluation that identifies WSSCC’s niche, effectiveness of its approaches, its value addition and strategic relevance in the sector and beyond;
  • Advise on, and facilitate, the dissemination of the evaluation, uptake by WSSCC and sector actors to internalize the lessons and recommendations and incorporate them into planning, forecasting and strategy.

As a collaborating organization within the WASH sector, WSSCC aims to inform and support advancement of the sector’s evaluation culture, especially in relation to impact assessment. In addition to improving the effectiveness of its own work, the evaluation will help to build understanding and promote sector learning and practices around impact evaluations applicable to the post-2015 development landscape.

A description of the scope of work required, general instructions for submitting the proposal, eligibility criteria and other key submission information can be found at the WSSCC jobs/opportunities page

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) welcome entries for the 5th WASH Media Awards.


This competition is open to journalists who publish or broadcast original investigative stories and reports on water supply, sanitation or hygiene (WASH) related issues and their impact on individual and country development. It aims to promote coverage of WASH issues in the local, national and international media to have a positive influence on decision-makers, the private sector, the civil society as well as individuals and households.  Prize winners will receive a cash award and the opportunity to participate in the World Water Week in Stockholm – the world’s leading water event ( 31 August – 05 September 2014 as special guests of WSSCC and SIWI.

We are pleased to announce 6 prizes, one for each of the following themes:

  • Water and Energy
  • Equity and Inclusion in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Ending Open Defecation
  • The Human Right to Water and Sanitation
  • WASH in the Future: The Post-2015 Development Agenda
  • Monitoring WASH Commitments

All entries will be evaluated by an international jury of distinguished media professionals. To be eligible, entries must be published or broadcast between 15 June 2013 and 15 June 2014. For more information and to download the entry form please visit or


Le Conseil de concertation pour l’approvisionnement en eau et l’assainissement (WSSCC) et l’Institut international de l’eau de Stockholm (SIWI) vous invitent à participer au 5e concours « WASH Media Awards ». Peuvent participer à ce concours les journalistes qui publient ou diffusent des reportages et des rapports d’enquête consacrés à des questions relatives à l’approvisionnement en eau, à l’assainissement et à l’hygiène (secteur WASH) et à leurs incidences sur le développement personnel et sur le développement des pays. Ce concours vise à promouvoir la couverture des questions relatives au secteur WASH par les médias locaux, nationaux et internationaux afin d’influencer favorablement les décideurs politiques, le secteur privé, la société civile, ainsi que les individus et les ménages.  Les lauréats se verront remettre un prix en espèces et auront la possibilité de participer à la Semaine mondiale de l’eau à Stockholm – le principal événement mondial en rapport avec l’eau ( qui se tiendra du 31 août au 5  septembre 2014 – en tant qu’invités d’honneur du WSSCC et du SIWI.

Nous sommes heureux de vous annoncer que 6 prix seront remis, un pour chacun des thèmes suivants :

  • L’eau et l’énergie
  • L’équité et l’inclusion dans le domaine de l’eau, de l’assainissement et de l’hygiène
  • L’élimination de la défécation à l’air libre
  • Le droit humain à l’eau et à l’assainissement
  • WASH dans le futur : le programme de développement pour l’après-2015
  • Le suivi des engagements dans le secteur WASH

Un jury international composé d’éminents professionnels des médias évaluera toutes les productions des participants. Pour être admises, les œuvres doivent avoir été publiées ou diffusées entre le 15 juin 2013 et le 15 juin 2014. Pour de plus amples informations et pour télécharger le formulaire de participation, veuillez consulter le site ou le site

Sanitation and Water for All meeting yields promises designed to improve access, bolster growth and reduce inequality


WASHINGTON, D.C., 11 April 2014 – Top international development experts and government finance ministers from nearly 50 developing countries endorsed today a set of commitments designed to speed up access for the 2.5 billlion people lacking improved sanitation and the 748 million people without improved drinking water.

Some 1,400 children die each day from preventable diarrhoeal diseases linked to a lack of safe water, adequate sanitation and hygiene, and countries lose out on billions of dollars of economic growth. Meanwhile, hundreds of millions of women and girls, disabled persons, pastoralists and other poor and marginalized communities are disproportionally affected without services.

The issues grabbed the attention of officials meeting in Washington on Friday, including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim and SWA Chair John Kufuor. At the third biennial Sanitation and Water For All (SWA) High-Level Meeting, they noted the vast health, economic, social and environmental consequences of poor water, sanitation and hygiene, and called their meeting an important step forward.

“At the beginning of this meeting, I challenged the ministers in this room to make concrete and practical commitments,” said Kufuor, the former president of Ghana. “I am now more confident than ever, that our name – Sanitation and Water for All – will become our achievement.”

The SWA partnership is a global coalition of 90 developing country governments, donors, civil society organizations and other partners. It aims to catalyse political leadership and action, improve accountability and use scarce resources more effectively.

The meeting yielded 265 new commitments from 44 countries[1]. Broadly speaking, the commitments aim to improve the use of financial resources and reduce inequality in access, build capacity of institutions charged with delivering water and sanitation services, and coordinate resources more effectively, both from governments and overseas development assistance. 

The High Level Meeting came one day after a preparatory session at the the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO). That meeting brought government water, sanitation and health ministers together with representatives of donor countries, multi-lateral bodies and civil society organisations to review progress against their 2012 commitments and formulate the new promises.

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[1]Afghanistan,Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, CAR, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, DRC, Egypt, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lao PDR, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Timor Leste, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Videos of exhibits at Reinvent the Toilet Fair India (21-22 March 2014) provided by SEI & SuSanA now available

Videos of exhibits at Reinvent the Toilet Fair India (21-22 March 2014) provided by SEI & SuSanA now available

Stockholm Environment Institute has announced that videos with grantees about their exhibits that were taken at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair in Delhi, India are now available online. sei

You find them all in this one convenient location, which is a Playlist in the SuSanA Youtube channel. 

The videos include short 5-minute interviews with randomly selected grantees as well as “demo tours” of their innovative toilets/processing exhibits which were on display at the fair.

The first video in this Playlist is a thank you note from Melinda Gates who is thanking all the participants at the fair and is stressing that this kind of work is being valued in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at the highest level of leadership.

The second video in the Playlist gives just a visual overview of the exhibits (without sound).

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UN partners WSSCC and OHCHR gather diverse stakeholders to foreground sanitation, rights and dignity for women

Participants at the IWD event in Geneva on 7 March 2014. Photo by Pierre Virot/WSSCC

Grass-roots activists shared inspirational experiences on reducing female circumcision in Senegal, raising awareness of lesbian and transgender issues in Nepal and working for the dignity of sex workers in India at a special meeting at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva on Friday, 7 March 2014.

Ahead of International Women’s Day on Saturday 8 March, joint hosts the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) organized a one-day event on Inspiring Change to Promote Women’s Rights and Dignity.

“This meeting focused on the fundamental rights of women, to examine current policy and practice as well as challenges to women’s empowerment across their life cycle, looking at vulnerable groups through the lens of water, sanitation and hygiene,” said WSSCC Executive Director Chris Williams as he welcomed some 70 participants from health, sanitation and rights groups across the world.

In keeping with the 2014 International Women’s Day theme of ‘Inspiring Change’, representatives from India, Nepal and Senegal shared often very personal experiences of fighting for change and improving women’s rights in their home country. The experiences shared showed how human rights and access to water, sanitation and hygiene are inextricably linked.

“Women [in Nepal] are treated as second class citizens and among these women, lesbian and transgender women are considered even lower,” said Shyra Karki, a lesbian activist working for the lesbian and transgender community in Nepal.

As a result of this low-status, such women are extra vulnerable to health complications or are excluded from accessing basic sanitary facilities.

“Transgender women who dress as men,” said Karki, “they are embarrassed to go and buy sanitary napkins, they are embarrassed to go to the hospital if they are ill or to go to have gynecological check up.”

OHCHR and WSSCC hope that this jointly sponsored event will inspire the UN community, governments and business to take action to fulfill all women’s rights, including access to sanitation, water and hygiene.

“Water, sanitation and hygiene are internationally agreed human rights with attending obligations,” said Craig Mokhiber, Chief, Development and Economic and Social Issues Branch, OHCHR. “And as we have heard today, the obligations of meeting these rights are different with regard to women than regard to men.”

According to Mr Mokhiber, the right to water, sanitation and hygiene is “an enormous human rights challenge of the twenty first century that has yet to be met.”

WSSCC will prepare a summary report from the event for publication in the coming weeks. To receive a copy of the report, send an email to