WSSCC launches its Strategic Plan for 2017-2020

Date: 8th March 2017

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Please download the strategy here.

WSSCC is pleased to launch the Strategic Plan that will guide the organization over the next four years. The plan is the result of consultations involving more than 1,000 partners, stakeholders and members around the world, and at 16 dedicated national consultation meetings.

With Sustainable Development Goal 6:2 at its heart, the strategy is formed around two Strategic Outcomes and four Intermediate Outcomes. It identifies the results WSSCC would like to achieve, the issues it will work on, the regions where it will work, and the unique mix of tools, instruments, knowledge and human and financial resources WSSCC has to make a meaningful, quantifiable and sustainable impact for people without sanitation and hygiene in the world, especially those in the most vulnerable situations.

In developing the strategy, particular care was taken to look beyond sectors and silos and widen WSSCC’s ability to assist countries to attain not only Target 6.2 within SDG 6 on Water and Sanitation, but also to demonstrate the centrality of safe sanitation and hygiene in reducing poverty and inequalities; improving education, employment, health, and women’s empowerment; and adapting to urbanization and climate change.

Major inputs to the strategy included the recommendations of an independent evaluation of WSSCC’s work from 2012-2016.  WSSCC’s work is guided by the Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to transform the world by 2030, therefore this strategy is the first in a series which later will guide WSSCC’s work from 2021-25 and 2026-30.

The strategy is delivered by Executive Director Chris Williams – click to view full image:


WSSCC’s Evolution 1990 – 2017
After it was formed in 1990 through a UN General Assembly resolution, WSSCC spent its first 10 years providing much-needed thematic networking and knowledge building around Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). In the 2000s, WSSCC turned its attention to advocacy and supporting a nascent network of WASH coalitions in developing countries, and developed a membership base. Following a strategy shift in 2007, WSSCC turned its focus to sanitation and hygiene – still left behind topics in the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) era. In the 2010s, this shift manifested itself through sanitation and hygiene programmes supported by the Global Sanitation Fund that successfully enabled 13.2 million people to end open defecation. WSSCC was also at the forefront of a growing international movement to leave no one behind by advocating for better policies and practices that benefitted women and girls, the elderly, the disabled, the LGBTQ community, and others. As 2017 unfolds, WSSCC is poised to help countries to achieve universal coverage not only for sanitation and hygiene, but also for education, health and much more. In all of this, WSSCC recognizes the leadership and ownership of national and local governments in planning and implementing an SDG agenda that works for them.

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