Through the Global Sanitation Fund, WSSCC has committed over $112 million in 13 national sanitation and hygiene programmes. The commitment is yielding results across Africa and Asia and is shared by national partners, WSSCC and GSF donors.
The indicator reporting on people with access to improved sanitation, ‘People with Improved Toilets’, shows the numbers of people with improved toilets in areas covered by GSF-funded programmes. Improved toilets are defined according to national standards. The indicator covering the total number of people living in ODF communities is presented as ‘People Living in ODF Environments’. This includes communities officially certified as ODF by government bodies or verified by Executing Agencies and their partners. ODF criteria are defined according to national standards. WSSCC considers the increase of the number of people living in ODF environments to be a crucial step in boosting sanitation to achieve improved health and reduce poverty. People washing their hands at critical times is a key practice for improved hygiene. A proxy indicator for measuring this is the existence, and evidence of use, of a dedicated place for handwashing and availability of soap. This is presented in the results overview as ‘People with Handwashing Facilities’.
Intermediate indicators lead to the achievement of key results. Communities are triggered before they can achieve ODF status. The indicator related to ODF communities, either certified as ODF by government bodies or verified by Executing Agencies and their partners, is presented as ‘Communities Declared ODF’. The indicator linked to programme reach is presented as ‘Communities Triggered’. ‘Communities’, as presented in the global and country results dashboards, are village-related social groups, settlements or administrative divisions. These are as defined by national and GSF-supported programme criteria, varying considerably in size and structure. The GSF is working to harmonize the way in which it reports on communities across the countries it supports.
The financial figures presented show the cumulative amount of GSF funds committed and disbursed from the start of the Fund to the end of 2015. They serve as an indication of the progress of programme rollout at the country level. The pipeline shows financial flows from the GSF Secretariat to Executing Agencies (EAs), and on to their Sub-grantees (SGs). This also includes flows from the GSF Secretariat to Country Programme Monitors (CPMs) as well as Programme Coodinating Mechanisms (PCMs). ‘GSF Commitments to Country Programmes’ refers to the cumulative amount of funds that the GSF has designated within multi-year agreements for country programme implementation. ‘GSF Disbursements to Country Programmes’ refers to the cumulative amount of funds already disbursed to EAs, CPMs and PCMs as required, according to agreed schedules.
‘In-country Awards to SGs & for Direct Procurement’ is the cumulative amount of funds that EAs have designated to be transferred to Sub-grantees, and for other programme-related services, such as baseline surveys. This amount is updated periodically according to actual figures reported on during the course of programme implementation. ‘In-country Grant Disbursements to SGs & for Direct Procurement’ is the cumulative amount of funds already transferred by EAs to Sub-grantees and for other programme-related services, as reported to the GSF by EAs.