WSSCC operates the world’s only fund solely dedicated to improving sanitation – the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF). The GSF funds and supports community-led sanitation programmes for the most vulnerable people, through a diverse network of stakeholders that include households, local governments, community-based organizations, NGOs, academic institutions and local entrepreneurs. To date, the GSF has committed approximately $109 million to programmes in 13 developing countries.
Too often, national sanitation programmes fail because they are in a silo in one ministry or organization. GSF requires coordination of all of the actors in a country as a prerequisite for funding – from government agencies to NGOs to international agencies to community leaders. The result is coordinated, efficient action that can be readily scaled up because all key stakeholders are invested in the work.
Between 2013 and 2014 alone, the GSF reported an almost 90 percent increase in the number of people living open-defecation free in target regions of 13 countries across Africa and Asia. During this same period, the GSF has also supported a 55 percent increase in the number of people with access to improved toilets in those same areas. The Governments of Australia, Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have contributed to the GSF since its establishment in 2008.