This resource page provides you with quick access to some of our most popular publications, e-toolkits and knowledge resources to key issues. Please explore the below resources or contact us for help with sanitation, hygiene and water supply-related resources, research or ideas.


Home Hygiene in Developing Countries – Prevention of infection in the home and the peri-domestic set...

This resource provides practical support to community workers and teachers (ranging from school teachers to public health educators to community nurses etc) who have responsibility for developing and implementing community-based programmes to improve home hygiene standards in the household. Containing all the necessary material to enable you to build your own knowledge and use it to develop a hygiene education or promotion programme, the contents apply to the whole range of social situations, from relatively prosperous communities where water and sanitation is adequate, to rural unserved communities where they are not. This document also allows you to understand your community's needs, and how to develop hygiene practice and hygiene promotion within it.Hindi - Home Hygiene - Developing Countries - Prevention of infection in the home and the peri-domestic settingsRussian - Home Hygiene - Developing Countries - Prevention of infection in the home and the peri-domestic settingsUrdu - Home Hygiene - Developing Countries - Prevention of infection in the home and the peri-domestic settingsBengali - Home Hygiene - Developing Countries - Prevention of infection in the home and the peri-domestic settings

Community-driven development for water and sanitation in urban areas – Its contribution to meeting t...

Community organizations working with local NGOs have been responsible for many of the most cost-effective initiatives to improve and extend provision for water and sanitation to low-income urban households. This has a growing relevance within an urbanizing world, with a large and increasing proportion of those with low incomes who lack provision living in urban areas. Along with considerable bearing on meeting the water and sanitation target within the Millennium Development Goals. This publication defines the scale of need before focusing on the role local, community-driven schemes provide in addressing the requirements of the unserved or ill-served in urban areas. Schemes that improved and extended provision for water and sanitation as a result of changes in approach by local governments and civil society organizations are detailed. This includes local initiatives not normally considered part of ‘water and sanitation’ which have been significant in improving and extending provision, especially squatter upgrading schemes, initiatives to provide land for new housing and measures to increase the availability of loans to support household and community investments in better housing. Often underpinning these successes were the partnerships offered to local government by organizations of the urban poor. The tools and methods used are examined along with the ‘local’ constraints to improving and extending provision for water and sanitation and how these can be successfully addressed.

Making Every Drop Count – Financing WASH in Ethiopia

One sixth of all Africans who need access to safe water live in Ethiopia. Without improving access to safe water, basic sanitation and hygiene, the MDG targets on infant mortality, girls’ access to primary education and poverty cannot and will not be met. This publication addresses the issue of financing these most vital, basic services. Many of the problems stem from poor financing, with NGOs and donors making up much of the shortfall. But where, exactly, are budgets being currently spent? Are the correct strategies in place, along with clear co-ordination? Which areas need to be extended and financed to deliver the biggest effect and best outcomes? These and many more issues are addressed in this snapshot of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Ethiopia. Clear assessments of the problems are outlined before short, medium and long-term recommendations are made, guiding the best approaches to deal with these problems.

Making Every Drop Count – Financing WASH in Sierra Leone

With almost all of the prevalent killing diseases being water-related, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) promotion is key to development and the alleviation of poverty in Sierra Leone. Unfortunately there is no national policy on water. Available figures suggest only 22% access safe water, and 15% access appropriate sanitation. Currently, though there is aid and finances going into Sierra Leone, the water and sanitation sector does not see its fair share. The two biggest donors do not address the sector while Government funding prioritizes other sectors. With such a momentous task to address, this road map of the challenges currently facing Sierra Leone offers directions to where WASH must be focused to deliver the most effective results.


Despite decades of effort and billions of dollars, 1 billion people still lack safe water and almost 2.4 billion lack safe sanitation. The time has therefore come to re-orient national and international efforts in support of a different approach. ‘LISTENING’ is about that new approach. It is an approach which has learnt from the failures of the past and begun to achieve well-documented successes of its own. But it is an approach that is not yet universally accepted because of the many vested interests that stand in its way. In brief, decentralization and empowerment of people and communities to enable them to take more control of their own lives and to support them in achieving their own development goals must be the method and the aim. But this does not mean that the responsibility to mobilise additional resources for the poor, and to create an enabling environment within which they can move forward, should be abandoned. In fact the responsibility for initiating and supporting community-led approaches means an even greater and more demanding role for government. ‘LISTENING’ attempts to bring these lessons – through the voices of many of those who have been most closely involved – to a wider international audience.À L’ÉCOUTE - De ceux qui œuvrent avec les populations d’Afrique, d’Asie et d’Amérique latine à la réalisation des objectifs des Nations Unies sur l’accès à l’eau et l’assainissement.

Sanitation is a business – Approaches for demand-orientated policies

Hygiene and sanitation remain low on most agendas and are not openly talked. Despite being recognized as a contributing reason as to why around 1 billion people are living without adequate sanitation and hygiene. The “top down” approach of distributing latrines with subsidies, or even free, has not worked. So what’s next? This publication examines alternative solutions and 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. This emotional and possibly controversial issue is mapped out and summarized with global case studies which illustrate that sanitation can be a viable business.

Advocacy Sourcebook

Out of every ten people in the world today, four do not have adequate sanitation and two don’t have access to clean water. Though preventable, related diseases cause the death of a child every 15 seconds. Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) campaigns, with their use of practical thinking and political commitment, can make a huge impact on these figures. Placing people’s initiatives and capacity for self-reliance at the centre of achieving water and sanitation targets, they address the issues of sustainability, affordability and equity. To complement the WASH approach, WSSCC and WaterAid have produced this practical guide on water and sanitation related advocacy work. In its four sections you'll find explanations of the different advocacy tools, practical examples of advocacy work, information on key policy actors and processes, along with how to influence them at local, national and international levels.

Vision 21: The People’s Route to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All

WSSCC General
VISION 21 recognizes that if the goal of water, sanitation and hygiene for all is to be achieved, people’s roles must change. Through its unique collaborative and participatory process, VISION 21 aims 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. In this detailed mapping out of a shared vision, a conceptual framework is defined, core points are examined and the route to fulfilling VISION 21 is signposted. To monitor these achievements, clear targets and indicators are detailed and encouraged. This inclusive plan concludes with the introduction of a Framework for Action, placing community and country action at the centre – to prepare their own vision and develop an action programme to achieve it. The Framework aims to assist people at community, country, regional and global levels to identify areas for action, enlisting the commitment of national governments and their partners to take up the challenge. Along with mobilizing the global community to support the development of country visions and their subsequent achievement, and to provide supporting tools.
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