Global Sanitation Fund. Investing in sustainable sanitation and hygiene

Date: 22nd September 2010

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40% of the world’s population do not have access to basic sanitation yet there has been no global financing mechanism dedicated to sanitation and hygiene. Until the Global Sanitation Fund.

Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)
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The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is a global multi-stakeholder partnership and membership organization that works to save lives and improve livelihoods. It does so by enhancing collaboration among sector agencies and professionals who are working to provide sanitation to the 2.6 billion people without a clean, safe toilet, and the 884 million people without affordable, clean drinking water close at hand. Through its work, WSSCC contributes to the broader goals of poverty eradication, health and environmental improvement, gender equality and long-term social and economic development. It has coalitions in 36 countries, members in more than 160 countries, and a Geneva-based Secretariat which is hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

Two billion people, or close to 40% of the world’s population, do not have access to basic sanitation. To put this into perspective, if there are five people living in your house, two of them would be without ANY water or sanitation. This lack of access to safe water supply, sanitation and hygiene is the third most significant risk factor for poor health in developing countries with high mortality rates. Investing in improved sanitation and hygiene has enormous potential to save lives, but to date there has been no global financing mechanism dedicated to sanitation and hygiene. To better tackle this shameful figure WSSCC established the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF), a pooled global fund established to gather and direct finance, boosting expenditure on sanitation and hygiene in support of national policies. GSF supports other organizations’ implementation work by giving grants from a pooled global fund to carefully selected organizations in eligible countries. The first countries to benefit from funding were Burkina Faso, India, Madagascar, Nepal, Pakistan, Senegal and Uganda. The second round of countries approved for project preparation are Bangladesh, Benin, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Tanzania and Togo. The Global Sanitation Fund only operates in countries with the explicit agreement and welcome of the national Government targeting coverage expansion in poor and unserved communities. It is people centred, community-managed and demand driven, incorporates gender considerations while promoting sustainable services, uses results-based management and works transparently.

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