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The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and UNOPS announce the appointment of Mr Dominic O’Neill as the new...


Read the most recent information on WSSCC's evolution to the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund by 2021.

With the ongoing support of WSSCC’s existing and longstanding donors and our Executive Chair, Hind Khatib-Othman, former Managing Director at the Gavi Alliance, we are working to secure the foundations for the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund.

With the Steering Committee’s recent approval of our Strategy 2021-2025, associated policies and operational model, we are ready to put in place full preparations for the launch of the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund. This process includes putting in place a new governance and organizational structure and by mid-2020, we will also share our first Sanitation and Hygiene Fund Investment Case.

We are also gaining advice of key people in government and the international development community, partner organizations and private sector through our transition Advisory Group, chaired by Elhadj As Sy, Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation and former Secretary-General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Hind Khatib-Othman, Executive Chair and Sue Coates, Executive Director a.i., are speaking to many interested parties. We would welcome a conversation with you!

Please contact: Wouter Coussement, Head of Business Development – [email protected]

WSSCC has built a vibrant and diverse global community of over 5,000 members from civil society, local and national government, UN agencies, academia, and other development sectors, all committed to working to make water, sanitation, and hygiene a priority.

We recognize that our members are an asset to the plight of those left behind without adequate sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health. Their collective knowledge, experience, social and political connections generate tremendous power to affect change.

Over the coming months, we will be engaging with our membership base to help them understand how they can be most effective in support of national progress and accountability and global advocacy.

The Global Sanitation Fund, which is a key part of WSSCC’s 2017-2020 strategy, was a pooled fund designed to support sanitation and hygiene at the community level and focused primarily on improving sanitation in homes, particularly in rural settings. Considering the ongoing global sanitation and hygiene crisis, this kind of incremental action is no longer enough.

At the core of the new architecture is a funding model designed to be an efficient and effective mechanism that can operate at scale and deliver impact. The model is based on the following principles:

  • Accountability and transparency
  • Country-led, community-owned
  • Serving those left behind, with a focus on women and girls
  • Efficiency and value-for-money
  • Collaborative
  • Adaptive and resilient
  • Innovative
  • Sustainable

The operating model (shown below) is supported by a suite of policies that define how funding is to beinvested. These policies include (and will be pubically available soon):

  • Eligibility and Transition – which countries can receive funding support and how they will transition from this eligibility;
  • Allocation and Prioritization – how the available funding will be distributed across eligible countries;
  • Co-Financing – how the work of the Fund aims to leverage domestic public resources and how it will help prepare countries to transition from eligibility; and
  • Fragility – how the Fund will work in fragile contexts.

Clear proposal and application guidelines are currently being developed alongside technical briefs on learning from a decade of WSSCC investments and learning in the sector to help governments decide on best implementation approaches in their context.

WSSCC is a UN-hosted entity and falls under the legal and administrative frameworks of UNOPS. The name WSSCC will cease to exist as of 31 December 2020, when the organization will become the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund. The Fund will have a new structure and operating model. During 2020, WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund contracts will come to an end. Countries currently in the Global Sanitation Fund’s portfolio will be invited to transition to the new Sanitation and Hygiene Fund’s operating model. The Fund will be hosted by UNOPS and our restructured Secretariat will continue to be based in Geneva, Switzerland though with a lighter footprint.

Importantly, we are taking our learning with us into the Fund. This includes the findings of programme outcome surveys, evaluations, applied research, audits and technical support to advance local solutions. During 2020, we will also publish further learnings from a decade of Global Sanitation Fund implementation – what has worked well and why, including rich lessons about how to operationalize leaving no-one behind and equality and non-discrimination approaches, and the innovative ways we have progressed menstrual health and hygiene programming through advocacy and training.

The Fund recognizes that massive inequalities exist between those who have access to sanitation, hygiene and MHH and those who do not – with marginalized and vulnerable populations, including women and girls, disproportionally affected. The Fund will invest in reducing inequalities by specifically targeting those countries with the highest burden, yet who are least able to respond. Within countries, the Fund will encourage programmes and interventions, including at policy level, that invest in harder to reach and left behind populations.

The Sanitation and Hygiene Fund will support primarily low-income and select lower-middle-income countries, targeting nearly 1 billion people who currently do not have access to even basic sanitation services. The Sanitation and Hygiene Fund’s (SHF) Eligibility and Transition Policy sets out how the Fund will use established criteria to determine which countries are eligible to receive an allocation and apply for funding. The purpose of the Eligibility and Transition Policy is to ensure that the available donor resources are allocated to and invested in those countries that have both the highest burden of below basic sanitation and the least financial means to respond. To ensure that investments made under the Fund are sustainable, the policy also outlines how the Fund supports countries to prepare for a successful transition from Fund funding once they are no longer eligible for Fund support. Under the policy, all low-income countries are eligible, regardless of their sanitation burden.

Key facts and figures

  • 1 IN 2 people do not have access to safely managed sanitation services

  • Nearly 9% of the world’s population still practice open defecation

  • More than 1 IN 3 people do not have basic handwashing facilities at home

  • 1 IN 3 schools lack access to basic sanitation services

  • 1 IN 5 health care facilities lack access to basic sanitation services

  • Every day, hundreds of MILLIONS of women and girls menstruate, many without the facilities to manage their menstrual health safely

At this current trajectory, the SDG 6.2 target of safely managed sanitation will only be realized in the 22nd century. There is an urgent need to globally prioritize sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health.
That's why WSSCC is evolving into the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund (SHF).

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