The Global Sanitation Fund programme in Nigeria


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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, WSSCC has provided the country’s  partners with guidance about reprogramming, allowing funds to be directed to preventing, delaying and containing COVID-19 in line with government and advice from the World Health Organization (WHO). More detailed country information can be found here.

Executing Agency:
United Purpose
Programme duration:
Programme Coordinating Mechanism:
Sub-Committee of the National Sanitation Working Group, Chaired by the Ministry of Water Resources
National Coordinator:
Elizabeth N, Jeiyol, hosted by Gender and Environmental Risk Reduction Initiative (GERI)           


Today, 1,205,722 people are living in Open Defecation Free (ODF) environments as a result of the RUSHPIN programme.

The declaration of a state of emergency in the WASH Sector by President Muhammadu Buhari (November 2018), has given additional impetus to the programme. In 2019, RUSHPIN continued to use the ‘Community-Led Total Sanitation’ (CLTS) approach to empower entire communities to collectively change their sanitation and hygiene behaviour, ensuring that every community member uses a toilet and practices good hygiene.

Through RUSHPIN, WSSCC is working closely with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources (FMWR) and sector stakeholders to implement a project to end open defecation by 2025. Launched in November 2019, the “Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet” campaign, is an ambitious behavior-change project to achieve universal access to safely managed sanitation.

In 2019, WSSCC has continued to build partnerships with international, national non-governmental organizations to hold government accountable to deliver on the national, regional and global commitments in the WASH Sector. WSSCC is also providing support to strengthen inter-ministerial collaboration that will improve WASH governance and helping the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (FMWASD) to develop and promote a National Menstrual Health Hygiene action plan.

Challenges and future direction

In 2019, RUSHPIN has faced some challenges to the implementation of the programme including some inter-communal conflicts among four clusters of the Bahumuno area. Those compromised ODF achievements and put CLTS activities on hold in parts of Abi LGA. Furthermore, the non-release of government matching funds in Cross River State, inhibited the “scale-up” of sanitation activities in this state.

Through RUSHPIN, WSSCC will continue its engagement in the country to build partnerships, support government leadership and secure additional funding to leverage and sustain its impact. This will include a focus on securing the release of counterpart funds, supporting counterpart-funded LGAs, and sustaining the achievements.

With the emergence of coronavirus, the RUSHPIN programme is collaborating with state and national stakeholders to contribute to Nigeria’s National Response Plan on COVID-19. So far, RUSHPIN programme in Benue and Cross River has reached 70 percent of the population in both states with messages promoting good hygiene practices to curb the spread of COVID-19. In the coming weeks, the programme will also procure and distribute hygiene materials, especially to the most vulnerable population.