#WSSCCArchives: Treasures from the library


Revisiting the Council’s important research documents and reports

WSSCC reports, research and policy briefs serve as a learning resource for the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector.

With our new series #WSSCCArchives we are revisiting some of our memorable resources that provide evidence and insights from sanitation-related programmes that can be used to improve programme design, or to influence policy decisions.

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Vision 21: A Shared Vision for Hygiene, Sanitation and Water Supply and A Framework for Action (2000)

Often referred to as WSSCC’s founding document, Vision 21 was published in 2000, establishing the Council’s vision for the year 2025 as "A Clean and Healthy World: A world in which every person has safe and adequate water and sanitation and lives in a hygienic environment". This useful document contains a roadmap to inspire those still without water supply, sanitation and hygiene services to overcome obstacles and initiate action themselves, while calling on their leaders to bring these essential changes about.


Advocacy sourcebook: A guide to advocacy for WSSCC Coordinators working in the WASH campaign (2003)

Authored in collaboration with WaterAid and based on the organization’s sourcebook published in 2011, this document serves as a guide for advocacy campaigns for those working in the WASH sector. It offers practical guidance on advocacy, explains the different tools and provides practical examples. The sourcebook includes information on who the key policy actors are, and offers processes  by which to influence them at local, national and international levels.


Listening to those working with communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to achieve the UN goals for water and sanitation (2004)

Released in 2004 on World Water Day, the report emphasizes that the main barrier to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene for all is not a lack of resources but a lack of willingness to learn from past failures, to listen to those who have pioneered new approaches and those working closely in the field. It is an important report in its implications for public involvement, criticizing the international community for the most serious failure in development in the last fifty years as, despite decades of effort and billions of dollars, 2.4 billion people still have no access to adequate sanitation.


Sanitation is a Business - Approaches for demand-orientated policies (2004)

Created in collaboration with the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in 2004, this publication explores the question of the private sector’s engagement in the WASH sector. It presents a new paradigm urging policy makers and donors to advocate the use of the private sector to provide sustainable and demand driven solutions to sanitation needs.

Disaster risk-reduction & emergency response for WASH (2009)

This concept note is a compilation of resource materials and organizations detailing emergency responses in the WASH sector for appropriate field action. Incorporating disaster scenarios and aspects in planning of infrastructure and institutional elements is a key element of disaster risk mainstreaming.  Irrespective of the nature of a disaster, (be it floods, drought, earthquakes or large human displacements), prevention and preparedness are essential for coping with emergency situations that often occur during or after.