A considerable amount of change and progress for the GSF took place in 2014. The capacity of the Geneva-based programme team was increased with the addition of new experts. Two new countries were also added during the year – Benin and Kenya – bringing the total number of GSF countries to 13.
Independent mid-term evaluations of several country programmes were conducted, providing important information on successes and challenges. Most importantly, impressive programmatic results were seen during the past year, confirming that GSF programmes are now significantly contributing to increasing access and use of improved sanitation and good hygiene behaviours for millions of people.
National programmes generating results
Key results of the Global Sanitation Fund country driven programmes by 31 December 2014 are as follows:
- 4.2 million people with improved toilets.
- 7 million people in more than 20,500 communities now live in open defecation free environments.
- Almost 37,300 communities have participated in demand creation activities.
The Results Overview gives a cumulative snapshot of the current status and targets for the 13 country programmesworking on the ground as of 31 December 2014. Since the GSF is a sanitation financing mechanism, the flow of finances is also a key indicator of programmes implementation, and thus presented. To date:
- US$ 105 million have been committed for 13 country programmes by the end of 2014.
- US$ 26 million have been invested in the management and development of operations.
- More than 150 sub-grants have been awarded by Executing Agencies for work on the ground, which together with current commitments and disbursements provides an indication of overall on-the-ground programme implementation.
- WSSCC continues to receive demand for GSF support in places where the sanitation needs are great. WSSCC’s Medium-Term Strategic Plan (MTSP) 2012-2016 identifies 35 priority countries in which the GSF could and should be working, which contain almost 1.5 billion people without sanitation.
Benin, Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda