Global Sanitation Fund

The Global Sanitation Fund is a pooled global fund established by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and funded by its donors to gather and direct finance to help large numbers of people achieve improved sanitation and adopt good hygiene practices.

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Key Results

Key Results

31 December 2015
People with improved toilets
6.62 Million
People living in open defecation free environments
10.87 Million
People with handwashing facilities
15.69 Million

Latest News


The role of champions and partners is central to the success of GSF-supported programmes.


On the ground and in communities, Sub-grantees are the lifeblood of GSF-supported country programmes.


A new report shows that GSF-supported programmes have enabled close to 11 million people to end open defecation.


The GSF focuses on continuous learning to boost implementation, innovation and advocacy.


Sustainability is core to GSF-supported, country-led programmes.


WSSCC has released a recently completed independent mid-term evaluation of the GSF.


This week, GSF & FAA launched a new handbook on accelerating & sustaining the end of open defecation.


Staff members from the GSF Nigeria programme describe how learning from colleagues in Uganda has boosted their work.



Global Sanitation Fund Progress Report 2015

Global Sanitation Fund
The 2015 GSF Progress Report provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of the Fund’s activities and performance in 2015. The latest information on the GSF’s structure and concepts at the date of publication of this report is also provided, as they relate to its work in 2015. Through regular reporting, WSSCC aims to provide a clear impression of the GSF’s current and planned impact. WSSCC encourages support for the GSF and welcomes critical analysis of the Fund's key results and activities. Key sections in the report include: a message from the GSF Programme Director; highlights and achievements; how the Fund works; highlights from all 13 GSF-supported country programmes; and feature stories and testimonials from the people and partners central to the Fund. 2015 was a year of considerable progress, learning and innovation for country programmes, and the Fund as a whole. Since the GSF was established, over $112 million has been committed for 13 country programmes. These commitments, and the work of thousands of partners and champions, have enabled 10.87 million people to live in open defecation free environments; 6.62 million to gain access to improved toilets; and 15.69 million to gain access to handwashing facilities.

Global Sanitation Fund Mid Term Evaluation – Synthesis Note

Global Sanitation Fund
In 2013, the GSF commissioned a mid-term evaluation of 10 of the national programmes it supports. This report is a synthesis 7 completed evaluation reports covering GSF-supported programmes in Cambodia, India, Madagascar, Malawi, Nepal, Senegal and Uganda. WSSCC, which operates the GSF, issued a response to the main observations in the synthesis report, including specific follow up actions the Council will take in the coming year.WSSCC’s Management Response to the Global Sanitation Fund Independent Mid-Term Evaluation Synthesis Report

Follow-up MANDONA: A field guide for accelerating and sustaining open ...

Global Sanitation Fund
Follow-up MANDONA (FUM) is an action-oriented, collective approach for post-triggering follow-up visits, as part of Community-Led Total Sanitation. The FUM approach was pioneered by MIARINTSOA NGO – a sub-grantee of the GSF-supported ‘Fonds d’Appui pour l’Assainissement’ programme in Madagascar. FUM brings the entire community together for a self-analysis of their sanitation situation and helps them immediately create models that prevent the ingestion of faeces. The approach then harnesses the power of Natural Leaders to replicate these models across the community, which includes helping those that are least able, in order to advance to open defecation free status. By focusing on sustainable behaviour change, FUM is also a useful tool for addressing issues surrounding ‘slippage’, which relates to returning to previous unhygienic behaviours. Illustrated with photos, case studies, and tips, this handbook provides a practical, step-by-step guide for how CLTS practitioners around the world can implement FUM in their own contexts.Follow-up MANDONA - Un guide de terrain pour accélérer et soutenir le mouvement des communautés exemptes de défécation à l’air libre grâce à une approche d’Assainissement total piloté par la communauté (ATPC)

Togo Progress Report – Global Sanitation Fund

Global Sanitation Fund
The GSF-funded programme in Togo supports the country’s national campaign to become open defecation free (ODF), known as ‘Togo SANDAL’. The aim of the GSF-funded programme is to increase the use of latrines and to encourage the adoption of good hygiene practices for rural populations in the Savanes and Kara regions, and in five districts in the Plateaux region. In particular, the programme aims to help 1.5 million people create the conditions to live in ODF communities, 1.2 million people access improved toilets, and 911,000 access and use handwashing facilities.