The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council's vision is of a world where everybody has sustained water supply, sanitation and hygiene.

WSSCC, together with its members, staff, partners and donors, strives to achieve this vision. Such a vision is centered upon a belief that sanitation, hygiene and water supply coverage is a universal human right; that people and communities are catalysts of change and can be the focus of transformative action; and that the impact of sound sanitation and hygiene will positively benefit people’s health, dignity, security, livelihoods, as well economic status.

Our principles and values

WSSCC’s work is guided by the following principles:

  • WSSCC’s work responds to the demands and needs of individuals and communities where sanitation coverage is poorest, and serves them
  • We seek to engage in work that serves the most vulnerable groups within developing countries including, specifically, the poor, marginalized, disadvantaged and those with disabilities
  • WSSCC aims to be at the forefront of global knowledge, debate and influence in its field – setting an agenda, not merely following
  • WSSCC always works in open collaboration with its Members and partners to contribute to the broader goals of improved health, social and economic development and promote good governance, equity and sustainability.

As an organization, we subscribe to the following values in our work:

  • To be committed to the vision and goal
  • To act with integrity and professionalism
  • To be accountable and transparent
  • To take responsibility for quality
  • To treat each other with respect and show appreciation for diversity
  • To gain inspiration from each other and our work


WSSCC is committed to contributing substantially to global efforts to improve sanitation and hygiene for vulnerable sections of society, with a special focus on communities in Africa and Asia.

 To focus on its global efforts from 2012-2016, WSSCC has established four practical outcomes, as follows:

1.  ACCESS AND USE – Tens of millions of unserved people in 10-15 sanitation-needy countries gain access to and sustainably use improved sanitation and adopt safe hygienic behaviours

2.  EQUITY – Among those who gain access, poor and marginalized people and groups are identified and preferentially supported

3.  INVOLVEMENT – More individuals, organizations and businesses become involved in sanitation and hygiene work

4. KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS – Individuals and agencies working in sanitation and hygiene improve their knowledge and skills

WSSCC has built its reputation with a 20-year credible track record, as a major global organization with extensive experience in water, sanitation and hygiene issues at the community, national and international level.

WSSCC’s unique organizational character allows it to engage with a range of key stakeholders and partners to help achieve its mission. It contributes particularly through its strong membership ethos, concentration on sanitation and hygiene, service to the neediest people, collaborative approach and strong advocacy efforts. Its institutional home is the United Nations under United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).


Last updated: Wed, 02/04/2015 - 13:10