The Global Sanitation Fund is a pooled global fund established to gather and direct finance to help large numbers of poor people to attain safe sanitation services and adopt good hygiene practices. There are 2.5 billion people, who currently lack improved sanitation. The Global Sanitation Fund offers an efficient and cost-effective opportunity for contributors to help the world's poorest people address this most basic everyday need.
At the global level, WSSCC's Secretariat gathers funds and donations, selects the eligible countries for funding, and manages the disbursement of funds. WSSCC is administratively and legally hosted by UNOPS. WSSCC, and therefore the purpose, principles and scope of the Global Sanitation Fund, are governed by its member elected Steering Committee. The Steering Committee approves the operating procedures, decides all working criteria, approves the selection of countries and allocation of funds, and reviews the overall progress and performance of the Global Sanitation Fund.
All contributors agree that their funds can be used for the purposes decided by the Steering Committee. WSSCC encourages donors to make multi-year commitments to this fund, in order to help long-term financial planning. WSSCC welcomes the support of donors to the Global Sanitation Fund that have not previously supported sanitation work.
The Global Sanitation Fund has an independent Advisory Committee which gives advice on the Global Sanitation Fund's operations and ensures the quality of the programmes and work it supports. The Global Sanitation Fund is committed to good practice and supporting programmes as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.
In many developing countries national sanitation policies exist but the funding to implement them does not. The Global Sanitation Fund works with national governments to accelerate implementation of these policies. It is the national governments that provide the leadership and legitimacy to any work supported by the Global Sanitation Fund.
It is typically the existing WSSCC National WASH Coalition or other WSSCC partners that request for the country to be considered for funding from the GSF. At this point the support of the national government is sought and must be agreed. These parties engage with the National Government to select sector stakeholders to form the basis of a Programme Coordinating Mechanism (PCM). The Programme Coordinating Mechanism makes certain that the work supported by the Global Sanitation Fund is consistent with national policies and the activities of the National WASH Coalitions that undertake professional networking, knowledge management, advocacy and communications work. They continue to provide strategic oversight to the programmes.
The Global Sanitation Fund is not open to individual or spontaneous applications or expressions of interest. Should National Governments wish to apply to be considered in a GSF funding round please contact your National WASH Coalition, please see the section on our website.
Once countries and the sanitation and/or hygiene programme have been selected for funding, the Global Sanitation Fund appoints an Executing Agency to receive the grant and manage the funded programme. The Executing Agency selects, supervises, and support Sub-Grantees who directly implement these programmes. Country Programme Monitors, independently appointed by the Global Sanitation Fund verify and report on the work of Executing Agencies to WSSCC.
For information related to expressing an interest to be an Executing Agency and Country Programme Monitors in a specific country, please see the relevant section on our website. To become a Sub-Grantee and apply for funding from an ongoing GSF supported programme, please contact the relevant in-country Executing Agency concerning the timing of calls for proposals.