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. Since its establishment in 2008, the GSF has committed over $117 million to programmes in 13 developing countries.
Too often, national sanitation programmes fail because they are in a silo in one ministry or organization. The 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 and effective action. GSF-supported programmes aim to demonstrate to national governments and other stakeholders that it is possible to achieve large-scale, nationally-owned results in a sustainable and cost-effective manner. In addition, the GSF model can be replicated and scaled up to achieve nationwide coverage, as envisioned in national sanitation strategies and the Sustainable Development Goals.
WSSCC gratefully acknowledges the donors that, through its lifetime, have made the GSF’s work possible: the Governments of Australia, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.