Latest News

WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund has supported 13 countries to enable 15 million people to end open defecation

The WASH sector, Africa and Uganda have lost a passionate, highly respected and influential member of society

The GSF supports partners to address the global sanitation and hygiene crisis, so that everyone can enjoy healthy and productive lives.

For SWA’s HLMs 2017 Chris Williams argues that governments should be investing in disease prevention

The dangers of open defecation are explained in the campaign, with messages delivered by local celebrities

Obanliku Local Government Area (LGA) in Cross River State, Nigeria is the first of the 774 LGAs in the country to achieve open defecation free (ODF) status

We list some of our studies that evidence the links between poor sanitation and psycho-social stress

The universal nature of psycho social stress related to poor or inadequate sanitation is raised in this webinar

WSSCC and UNOG host a Reception for H.E. Amina Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General

Once we understand the complexities of slippage and the strategies to address it, how do we – as WASH practitioners – move forward?

The WASH sector and South Africa have lost a great friend. WSSCC fondly remembers Piers Cross.

WSSCC is revisiting some of its key publications that provide evidence and insight for sanitation-related programming.

Resources

Scoping and Diagnosis of the Global Sanitation Fund’s Approach to...

Global Sanitation Fund
In 2016, WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) recruited an independent team of experts to undertake an in-depth two-part diagnosis of GSF’s approach to equality and non-discrimination (EQND). The first part of the diagnosis – an assessment comprising of visits to six countries (Ethiopia, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo) and a review of documentation across all GSF-supported programmes – was completed in 2016, resulting in this study. While confirming that many people who may be considered disadvantaged have benefitted positively from GSF-supported programmes, the study emphasizes that more proactive attention is needed to ensure no one is left behind. Several recommendations are offered to better integrate EQND throughout the components and stages of all GSF-supported programmes.Summarized version of the study, including the Executive Summary, selected case studies and GSF reflections.Annexes related to the study.

Global Sanitation Fund Progress Report 2016

Global Sanitation Fund
The 2016 GSF Progress Report provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of GSF’s activities and performance in 2016, as well as over the period of WSSCC’s 2012-2016 Medium-Term Strategic Plan. The latest information on GSF’s structure and concepts at the date of publication is also provided. Since GSF was established, over $117 million has been committed for 13 country programmes. These commitments, and the work of thousands of partners and champions, have enabled 15.2 million people to live in open defecation free environments; 12.8 million to gain access to improved toilets; and 20 million to gain access to handwashing facilities. In 2016, the Sustainable Development Goals came into force, and the GSF network of over 120,000 stakeholders actively worked to ensure it was well-equipped for the new era.Le Rapport d’avancement du GSF donne une vue d’ensemble globale des activités menées par le GSF en 2016 et pendant la période couverte par le Plan stratégique à moyen terme 2012-2016 du WSSCC, et analyse ses performances sur ces années. Elle comprend également les informations les plus récentes quant à la structure du GSF et aux concepts utiles à la date de la publication du présent rapport, puisque celles-ci se rapportent aux travaux du GSF en 2016. Depuis la création du GSF, plus de 117 millions de dollars ont été affectés à 13 programmes de pays. Ces engagements financiers et le travail de nos milliers de partenaires et de champions ont permis au GSF d’engranger des résultats probants. 15,2 millions de personnes peuvent vivre dans un environnement exempt de défécation à l’air libre. De plus, 12,8 millions de personnes ont accès à des toilettes améliorées et 20 millions de personnes ont accès à des installations pour se laver les mains. 2016 a été marqué par l’adoption des objectifs de développement durable, et le réseau du GSF s’est employé à faire en sorte de disposer des capacités requises dans ce nouveau contexte.

WSSCC Fact Sheets

WSSCC General
A one pager profile on the work of WSSCC, plus at-a-glance information on WSSCC's current activity in Health and Education

Connecting the Dots-Advancing the WASH Agenda in 16 Countries wit...

Collaboration Members
WSSCC works closely with highly respected professionals in the water, sanitation and hygiene arena who are nominated by their peers and appointed by the Executive Director to be volunteer experts, known as national coordinators. The 16 national coordinators work in priority countries in Africa and Asia and are an important and distinguishing feature of WSSCC. This report is focused on the WSSCC national coordinators, the vital work they lead at country level and their considerable ongoing impact. National coordinators possess local knowledge of what is happening on the ground and understand the dynamics of their particular country contexts. Their day jobs range from heading up national NGOs to holding senior positions in government offices or consultancy firms. With this kind of combination of experience, capacities, exposure and contexts, the national coordinators bring a wide range of rich knowledge and ways of working to the WSSCC mission that allows our work to reach sectors and partners that would not otherwise be possible.Le WSSCC travaille en étroite collaboration avec des professionnels très respectés dans le domaine de l'eau, l'assainissement et l’hygiène. Ils sont nommés par leurs pairs et par le directeur exécutif pour être des experts bénévoles, connus sous le nom de coordonnateurs nationaux. Les 16 coordinateurs nationaux travaillent dans des pays prioritaires du WSSCC en Afrique et en Asie et sont des acteurs importants et caractéristiques du Conseil. Ce rapport est axé sur le travail essentiel qu'ils mènent au niveau des pays et leur impact constant. Les coordinateurs nationaux possèdent une connaissance du terrain et comprennent la dynamique particulière de leurs pays. Leur travail quotidien s’étend à diriger des ONG nationales à des postes supérieurs dans les bureaux du gouvernement ou dans des sociétés de conseil. Avec ce genre d'expérience et de capacités, ils apportent une large gamme de connaissances et de moyens de travailler, ce qui permet d'atteindre des secteurs et des partenaires qui ne seraient pas autrement possibles.

WASH in the informal sector – Experiences of women from West and ...

Equality
In Niger, the lack of access to sanitation and scarcity of adequate information and facilities for Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) are considerable challenges for women, hindering their participation in society, a new study by WSSCC and UN/Women has found. The findings of the study were presented at a side event on Women’s access to sanitation and hygiene in the informal sector on March 20th, during the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York.

Mid-Term Review of WSSCC’s Medium-Term Strategic Plan 2012-2016 –...

WSSCC General
In 2015, the WSSCC commissioned a Mid-Term Review (MTR) of its Medium-Term Strategic Plan (MTSP) 2012-16 to assess its progress against intended results in the MTSP. The MTR was designed to contribute to organisational learning as well as to meet the accountability requirements of WSSCC’s Steering Committee and donors. The MTR covers the period 2012-2014, with additional analysis of progress made as part of the 2015-2016 Biennial Work Plan up to February 2016. The review was undertaken by IFMR LEAD and managed for quality assurance by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) under the 3ie Sanitation and Hygiene Thematic Window.WSSCC has issued a Management Response to the recommendations in the review, with a comprehensive internal response plan developed for each recommendation, under the headings of Programme Strategy, Monitoring and Evaluation and Governance.

Local governance and sanitation: Eight lessons from Uganda

Global Sanitation Fund
Many non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, as well as bilateral and multilateral donors, recognize the importance of closely working with governments in sanitation and hygiene programmes. Collective behaviour change approaches, such as Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), are also increasingly being embraced by governments as an alternative to traditional subsidy and enforcement-based approaches. This ‘GSF in focus’ case study presents eight lessons learned from the GSF-supported Uganda Sanitation Fund (USF) in coordinating, planning, and implementing CLTS at scale through a decentralized government system. The USF is the largest programme of its kind in Uganda. The programme, which began in 2011, is currently implemented by 30 District Local Governments under the overall management of the Ministry of Health. By September 2016, the USF reported helping over three million people live in open defecation free (ODF) environments.De nombreuses organisations non gouvernementales et intergouvernementales, ainsi que des donateurs bilatéraux et multilatéraux, reconnaissent l’importance de travailler en étroite collaboration avec les gouvernements dans le cadre des programmes d’assainissement et d’hygiène. Des approches collectives en matière de changement de comportement, telles que l’ATPC, sont de plus en plus adoptées par les gouvernements comme une alternative aux démarches traditionnelles axées sur les subventions et la répression. Cette étude de cas intitulée « Gros plan sur le GSF » présente huit enseignements tirés du programme du Fonds ougandais pour l’assainissement (USF) soutenu par le Fonds mondial pour l’assainissement (GSF) dans le cadre de la coordination, de la planification et de la mise en oeuvre de l’ATPC à grande échelle1 par l’intermédiaire d’un système administratif décentralisé. L’USF est le programme le plus important de ce genre en Ouganda. Débuté en 2011, il est actuellement mis en oeuvre par 30 gouvernements locaux de district2 sous la supervision du ministère de la Santé. En septembre 2016, l’USF a indiqué avoir aidé plus de trois millions de personnes à vivre dans un environnement exempt de défécation à l’air libre.

Gender and Community-Led Total Sanitation – CLTS engagement, outc...

Global Sanitation Fund
In order to better understand the link between gender dynamics and the impact of its Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) interventions, the GSF supported a study in a small number of communities in Madagascar in 2015. These communities are in the area covered by the GSF-supported programme in Madagascar, known locally as ‘Fonds d’Appui pour l’Assainissement’ (FAA). This ‘GSF in focus’ case study highlights and reflects on the study.Cette étude examine le lien entre la dynamique du genre et l’initiative d’assainissement total piloté par la communauté (ATPC) dans un petit nombre de communautés malgaches.