The Global Sanitation Fund is not a separate organization. It is a financing mechanism managed by the WSSCC Secretariat. Therefore the governance of the Global Sanitation Fund falls under the scope of the governance structure of WSSCC.
The WSSCC Steering Committee, itself an elected body, makes the major programmatic decisions. WSSCC is accountable to its financial contributors through the Steering Committee, which is empowered to set up extra governance mechanisms as needed.
WSSCC is accountable to in-country stakeholders – especially to the unserved populations for whom it exists and to the governments – through robust mechanisms developed individually in each country in which WSSCC, and specifically the Global Sanitation Fund, operates.
The WSSCC Secretariat, based in Geneva, is legally and administratively hosted by UNOPS. Thus the legal identity of the Global Sanitation Fund is as a Trust Fund of UNOPS.
The Global Sanitation Fund is open to contributions from any source including governments, foundations, private sector, and individuals. Since this is a single pooled fund, the contributors agree that their funds can be used for the purpose decided by WSSCC’s Steering Committee.
WSSCC encourages donors to make multi-year commitments to this fund, in order to help long-term financial planning. Income can be received at any time of year. WSSCC positively welcomes support from donors that have not previously been supporting sanitation work – thus the Global Sanitation Fund attracts new funds into the sector.
The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to give professional advice in good faith to the WSSCC Secretariat in order to maximise the quality of work supported by the Global Sanitation Fund. However, the Advisory Committee is not an executive body and has no formal or legal power. The Advisory Committee consists of at least seven invited experts from around the world who give their advice independently and in their individual capacities. Advisory Committee members, either individually or through their organisational affiliation, may not have any financial, contractual or operational interest in any Global Sanitation Fund Executing Agency, Sub-Grantee or Country Programme Monitor. Advisory Committee members are appointed by invitation of the WSSCC Executive Director. Each member serves a fixed term of three years, renewable for a maximum of another three-year term. Former members are eligible for reappointment after a three year period.
Members of the Advisory Committee are:
- Mr. Ashoke Chatterjee, former Executive Director, National Institute of Design, India
- Dr. Gueladio Cisse, Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, Swiss Tropical Institute
- Mr. Eduardo A. Perez, Senior Sanitation Specialist, Water and Sanitation Program (WSP)
- Mr. Brad Herbert, Brad Herbt Associates
- Mr. Roland Schertenleib, Special Advisor for Water and Sanitation, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag)
- Ms. Sophie Trémolet, Chair, SHARE Research Partner
- Dr. Albert Wright, Senior Advisor to the Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF) in Arlington, Virginia (USA); Senior Advisor to the Global Water Partnership
- Ms. Barbara Evans, Senior Lecturer at Water and Environmental Engineering, University of Leeds, UK