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Combating the deadly impact of open defecation

Stakeholders call for a change at the national level to realize the ambition of achieving SDG 6.2 by 2025 By Alain Tossounon LADJI, Benin – In Benin, basic sanitation and hygiene are still a luxury for many people living in both rural and urban areas where open defecation is commonplace. The consequences of this practice […]

A precious stone stands in the way to stop open defecation

Madagascar’s rural communities tackle the ongoing migration challenge By Hoby Randrianimanana MIARY LAMATIHY, Madagascar – In a rural commune of Madagascar, villages that have once ended the practice of defecating in the open are now facing a major difficulty sustaining their open defecation free status. That is all because of a precious stone that was found […]

Enlightened women led a path to an open defecation free village in Nepal

When toilets become a question of dignity and right By Renu Kshetry NUWAKOT, Nepal – It was 15 years ago when 10 illuminated women in a Nepali village stood up to change behaviour of their neighbors and went on as the driving force to start promoting the importance of sanitation. Sunita Gurung, a mother of […]

Going the last mile in ending open defecation in Nepal

Nepal’s sanitation campaign making a difference in Majhi By: Charles Dickson MAJHI, Nepal – Recently, the national campaign to end open defecation across Nepal arrived in Sunaina Devi’s village, and it promises to be transformational. Sunaina lives in Majhi, a village of 104 impoverished people in Nepal’s Terai region. Majhi’s huts of mud, thatch and […]

Madagascar’s open defecation free quest to include those left behind

By Joséa Ratsirarson Any activity at a village to end open defecation takes everyone’s participation. That’s what an executing agency in Madagascar, supported by WSSCC, strongly believes as they carry out its open defecation free programme throughout the country. The programme body in Antananarivo known as Fonds d’Appui pour l’Assainissement (FAA), or the Sanitation Support […]

Community triggering awakens Madagascar villages to open defecation free be...

By Hiro Saito and Charles Dickson ANDOHARANOVELONA, Madagascar – The discussion with villagers starts early in the morning. Volunteers are invited to draw a map of their village on the ground with chalk. One woman’s sketch shows 17 families – a total of 65 people – living in 11 red clay houses. She explains they […]

Bihar workshop picks up pace to end open defecation

WSSCC co-convenes Rapid Action Learning to share strategies for faster success Ramping up the elimination of open defecation in India’s northern state of Bihar was the theme of a three-day workshop convened in the state’s Patna district from October 29 to 31. Seventy-five people – representing ten districts across the state, a civil society organization […]

Learning from India’s massive, country-wide people’s movement to end open d...

By Rolf Luyendijk, Executive Director, WSSCC India may be the world’s largest democracy, with 815 million eligible voters with access to the ballot. Much less a source of pride is the fact that, historically, so few Indians have access to a toilet. This situation is changing fast, however. As of 2014, for 550 million people […]

Nigeria celebrates 131,000 more people free from Open Defecation

In Bekwarra, a Local Government Area (LGA) in Nigeria, 131,000 people now live in clean and healthy environments, and all households and key public spaces have latrines and sanitation facilities. They have put an end to open defection through a collective behaviour change process. The impact of this change process is most felt by children […]

Strong steps towards total sanitation in Nepal as officials declare Sunsari...

Summary Messages Sunsari District’s open defecation free (ODF) declaration, the construction of 144,347 toilets and the promotion of hand-washing practices will not only greatly impact safety and dignity, but also have positive economic effects in the country. Nuwakot District, being one of the most affected areas during the 2015 earthquake, is the 58th district out […]

Cambodia Sanitation Conference tackles way forward for Open Defecation Free...

WSSCC will be presenting the Global Sanitation Fund’s experiences in sustaining Open Defecation Free communities

Open Defecation Goes Mainstream in New Bollywood Love Story

It already features among the most successful Hindi movies of 2017

#FromTheArchives: Gaining – and Sustaining – Open Defecation Free Status

A pick of the documentation on achieving and sustaining ODF status in the WSSCC library

Meet Freddy the Fly: A New Video Promotes Open Defecation Free Living

Meet Freddy the Fly, a video illustrating a community’s journey to open defecation free status – from the fly’s perspective!

Freddy the Grumpy Fly, a poem to Promote Open Defecation Free Living

Freddy the Fly poem illustrates the behaviour change journey of reaching open defecation free(ODF) status. Find it here in English and French

Global Sanitation Fund celebrates its first Open Defecation Free village in...

Alétan is the first Open Defecation Free village supported by the Global Sanitation Fund in Benin

Togo Pop Stars Headline National Campaign To End Open Defecation

The dangers of open defecation are explained in the campaign, with messages delivered by local celebrities

Amina Mohammed Pledges an Open Defecation Free Nigeria by 2025

WSSCC Chair Amina J. Mohammed also commits to empowering 15 million people to end open defecation by 2020.

Follow-up MANDONA: A field guide for accelerating and sustaining open defec...

Follow-up MANDONA (FUM) is an action-oriented, collective approach for post-triggering follow-up visits, as part of Community-Led Total Sanitation. This handbook provides a practical, step-by-step guide for how CLTS practitioners around the world can implement FUM in their own contexts.

Launching the national sanitation movement for an open defecation free Togo

Together with UNICEF and the GSF, the Government of Togo has launched the national movement to end open defecation.

Breakthrough for Obanliku, Nigeria: over 17,000 people now living in open d...

“Today is a glorious day. I’m so happy! From nowhere ODF has come to stay in Obanliku.” These are the words of Robert Kanung, a sanitation champion in the Obanliku Local Government Area (LGA) in Nigeria’s Cross River State, which recently celebrated 128 of its communities becoming open defecation free (ODF). This equates to at […]

GSF-supported programmes empower close to 10 million to end open defecation

The latest results from the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) show that national programmes stretching from Cambodia to Senegal have enabled close to 10 million people in more than 36,500 communities to end open defecation. Téléchargez le Rapport D‘Avancement 2015 (FR) These results are published in the GSF’s latest Progress Report, highlighting cumulative results from the […]

Malagasy President becomes first chief of state in the world to sign a pled...

The WSSCC visit was dedicated to reinforcing the country’s top-level political commitment to a new “National Road Map” for WASH.

GSF experts share best practices to end open defecation in Togo

The workshop focused on strategies for implementation of CLTS, the central pillar of GSF-supported programmes.

Madagascar leads the way to become open defecation free

This week, Madagascar’s committed to leading the way to become Africa’s first open defecation free country.

New sanitation partnership changes donor-recipient dynamic and aims to make...

The RUSHPIN programme favours a community-led approach empowering whole communities to collectively change their sanitation & hygiene behaviour.

UN breaks the silence on open defecation

The United Nations and its partners will hold a press briefing and campaign launch at UN Headquarters on 28 May 2014.

South Asian sanitation conference ends with call to be open defecation free...

The fifth SACOSAN conference –a government-led biennial convention held on a rotational basis in each of the eight countries off South Asia – concluded 24 October in Kathmandu, Nepal, with a call “to an open defecation free South Asia by 2023 and to progressively move towards sustainable environmental sanitation.”

Global Sanitation Experts Hail Madagascar Roadmap to become Open-Defecation...

WSSCC’s Steering Committee meeting in Madagascar coincides with political drive to end open defecation.

Glimmer of hope for elimination of open air defecation in Madagascar

53% of Madagascar’s 20.7 million people defecate openly every day while another 33% use dilapidated, unsafe toilets.

‘Transformational benefits’ of ending outdoor defecation

How people’s lives are improved once they have a toilet to use Ahead of World Toilet Day, which is marked annually on 19 November, WSSCC’s acting Executive Director, Sue Coates, has been speaking to UN News about how to end open defecation. What is open defecation and where is it mostly practiced? Open defecation is […]

Prof. Tibaijuka, former WSSCC Chair and a long standing member of WSSCC, ar...

Prof. Tibaijuka opened the WSSCC’s Annual National Coordinator’s meeting in Dar es-Salaam.

New Study Shows Progress in Sustainability of WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fun...

The study provides insights and recommendations for sustainability of open defecation free communities in Nepal

Momentum on Sanitation and Hygiene Builds in Nigeria

The recently held Inter-Ministerial dialogue in Abuja highlighted the need for a harmonized national sanitation policy to end open defecation

Advancing Towards SDG 6.2: Global Sanitation Fund Monitoring Workshops

GSF workshops support programmes to monitor progress towards and beyond Open Defecation Free status.

WSSCC and Partners Promote Sanitation and Hygiene at UNGA Events

The Minister of Water for Nigeria announced that Nigeria will empower 5.5 million people to achieve Open Defecation Free status by 2018

WSSCC’s Work in Kenya – Innovative Approaches for Better Sanitation

With innovative and targeted programming, WSSCC has supported 81,500 people in Kenya to live in Open Defecation Free (ODF) environments

Pilot Project in Senegal Familiarizes Rural Communities with Faecal Sludge ...

Ensuring proper management of faecal waste in rural communities is a crucial step to maintain Open Defecation Free status

Don’t Feed Freddy! The Story Behind Freddy the Fly

The simple message is … Stop Feeding Freddy! Freddy explains the oral-faecal link, encouraging people to live open defecation free

Global Sanitation Fund reports improvements in sanitation and hygiene for m...

WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund has supported 13 countries to enable 15 million people to end open defecation

WSSCC member Hari Devkota
Starting a toilet campaign in southern Nepal

A WSSCC member works at community level by mobilizing local volunteers and families to end open defecation in southern Nepal.

“No one came to tell you what to do. You were empowered”: Nigeria celebrate...

Obanliku Local Government Area (LGA) in Cross River State, Nigeria is the first of the 774 LGAs in the country to achieve open defecation free (ODF) status

How a village in Uganda sustained ODF by helping vulnerable groups

In Agelilyec, community members are supporting disadvantaged groups as part of a larger effort to keep their village open defecation free.

Nigeria’s roundtable conference on Community-Led Total Sanitation: Eight ta...

Participants shared best practices, common challenges, and promising innovations to end open defecation by 2025.

Three ODF celebrations help fast-track the ODF Malawi strategy

Three Traditional Authorities supported by GSF-funded programme in Malawi recently celebrated becoming open defecation free.

Global Sanitation Fund reports advances in sanitation and hygiene for commu...

A new report shows that GSF-supported programmes have enabled close to 11 million people to end open defecation.

Accelerating and sustaining behaviour change: New handbook launched at GSF ...

This week, GSF & FAA launched a new handbook on accelerating & sustaining the end of open defecation.

3 new positions available at the Uganda Sanitation Fund (USF)

The GoU receives funding from UNOPS/WSSCC to support the Uganda Sanitation Fund (USF) Programme. The USF overall objective is to contribute to reduction of morbidity and mortality rates through improved sanitation and hygiene with a focus on building sustainable and improved sanitation and hygiene facilities, stopping open defecation and promoting handwashing with soap. The programme is implemented in 30 districts, largely located in the Teso, Lango and West Nile regions and is managed by the Ministry of Health.

The Global Sanitation Fund-supported programme in Togo

The programme in Togo is a key contributor to the national movement ‘Togo Sans Défécation à l’Air Libre’ (‘Open Defecation Free Togo’).

The Global Sanitation Fund-supported programme in Malawi

The ‘Accelerated Sanitation and Hygiene Practices Programme’ in Malawi supports national and post-2015 goals to eliminate open defecation.

GSF reports large-scale advances in sanitation & hygiene for communities in...

A new report shows that GSF-supported programmes have enabled 7 million people in more than 20,500 communities to end open defecation.

Exciting developments in Madagascar to improve sanitation and hygiene at sc...

Last week, the Prime Minister announced that his government will commit US $40 million over the next four years towards ending open defecation.

Final Report on the Nirmal Bharat Yatra

This report highlight WSSCC’s efforts associated with the adding of Menstrual Hygiene Management to the Nirmal Bharat Yatra – a carnival across the Indian heartland that also spread messages about hand washing and stopping open defecation. MHM Lab reached 12,000 women and girls directly through focus group discussions.

Water, sanitation and hygiene Post 2015 – NEW FACT SHEET 12 pages

By 2030:

• to eliminate open defecation;

• to achieve universal access to basic drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for households, schools and health facilities; 

• to halve the proportion of the population without access at home to safely managed drinking water and sanitation services; and

• to progressively eliminate inequalities in access.

Joining hands – report of the media partnership initiative of GSF in India

The GSF progamme in India is working over five years in select districts in the States of Assam, Bihar and Jharkhand. The GSF programme strategy is to support and strengthen the national sanitation programme – the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) – and its goal of achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF) status for all Gram Panchayats by 2022.


The Sanitation Ambassador

Haji Osman Sahib promotes the use of toilets amongst Muslins. Now, he wants to intensify this movement against open defecation.

Global Sanitation Fund helps 1.4 million people gain improved sanitation

In 10 countries – Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Madagascar, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal Tanzania and Uganda – Global Sanitation Fund Sub-grantees have implemented sanitation and hygiene awareness-raising and promotion activities resulting in:

  • 1.4 million people with improved toilets.
  • More than 1 million people in nearly 4,000 communities now live in open defecation free environments.
  • Almost 10,000 communities have participated in demand-creation activities.
  • 3.8 million people have heard about the importance of good hygiene through community activities and communications campaigns.


Six villages in the region of Matam (Senegal) celebrate ODF status and a ma...

Villagers in Matam, a region of Senegal,  celebrated a major milestone in the implementation of the community-led total sanitation approach (CLTS), namely the end of open defecation.

Read the latest news about the Global Sanitation Fund in Nepal

Exciting things are happening as the Global Sanitation Fund continues to be implemented in Nepal. UN-Habitat is leading the work as the Executing Agencies, and a number of partner Sub-Grantees are working to achieve Open Defecation Free Status in 5 districts and five municipalities. The four components of the GSF programme are

Indian actress Vidya Balan becomes sanitation ambassador

Popular Indian actress Vidya Balan joined the ranks of Shah Rukh Khan and became the celebrity face for sanitation campaigns in India. As a brand ambassador she will help to fight open defecation, promote sanitation and appeal to communities to help improve their health, livelihoods and security.

AMCOW AfricaSan Awards 2010 Winners

A musician and activist whose songs about using latrines and washing hands are positively influencing the hygiene practices of communities in Mozambique; a widow who has risen through her caste status to lead a campaign against open defecation in her village in Ethiopia; and a toilet entrepreneur whose innovative partnership with local authorities is changing the way public toilets in Kenyan towns are managed, are the top winners of this year’s AMCOW AfricaSan Awards.

Sprinting the Last Mile: Nepal’s Sanitation Campaign in the Terai

In September 2019, the Government of Nepal declared the country ‘open defecation free’ (ODF). Leading up to this milestone, the Government of Nepal and other sector partners focused on the challenging Terai plains – the ‘last mile’ of Nepal’s Sanitation Campaign. This Case Study documents the key success factors from WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund programme […]

RUSHPIN celebrates another ODF Local Government Area

‘Clean Nigeria: Use the toilet’ campaign scores an achievement in Gwer East By Machrine Birungi and United Purpose GENEVA, Benue State – On 19 December, 2019, the people of Gwer East Local Government Area (LGA) in Benue state of Nigeria celebrated a spectacular achievement. The area was declared open defecation free (ODF), implying that the […]

Year in review 2019

WSSCC’s most memorable moments of 2019 Join us and take a look back at some of the most notable activities that shaped the past 12 months of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC). January: WSSCC and GIWA spread the word about sanitation at the Kumbh Mela festival in India – A faith-based festival […]

Government and partners accelerate regional coordination

A leadership committee will be formed in each of the 22 regions across Madagascar By Hoby Randrianimanana IHOSY, Madagascar – 11.3 million people still defecate in the open, and merely 10 percent of the population benefits from basic sanitation services in Madagascar. The government is now stepping up to change this with a robust collaborative […]

Closing the toilets on World Toilet Day

School children in Geneva reflect on the global sanitation crisis By Francesca Nava   GENEVA – Most children at an international school in Geneva would have never thought twice about going outside to relieve themselves, let alone the lack of toilets across the world. That was until 19 November (World Toilet Day) when more than […]

Reaffirming the commitment to total sanitation

Experts in Nepal bring the agenda of leaving no one behind front and center on World Toilet Day By Renu Kshetry KATHMANDU, Nepal – Celebrating this year’s World Toilet Day, sanitation experts gathered in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu to renew their commitment to availability, accessibility, and affordability of WASH services across the country. In […]

Experts discuss how to tackle sanitation challenges through digital innovat...

The Global Toilet Revolution  By Machrine Birungi GENEVA – Cutting-edge digital tools such as data sensors and robots are the center of a debate on how to improve the way we deal with significant sanitation challenges such as fecal waste management. Inadequate sanitation, according to the World Health Organization, is responsible for 432,000 diarrheal deaths […]

From Poop-Man to Honey-Man

One Man’s Fight to End Open Defecation in Kenya By Kevin Mwanza and Sheba A. Odondi WAJIR, Kenya – For Shukri Isaack, insulting by-names like “poop-man” did not deter him from pursuing his mission to stop the long-running practice of open defecation in Kenya’s Wajir County when a programme known as the Kenya Sanitation and […]

Kenya conference raises awareness on sanitation and hygiene

WSSCC partners and members show case their work  By: Kevin Mwanza NAIROBI, Kenya – A four-day conference in Nairobi with a special focus on sanitation offered a timely opportunity for WSSCC-supported partners to make a show of “splash” on their work to leave no one behind and engage with other diverse sector players from the […]

Training of Swachhagrahis on ODF Plus – Module & Trainers’ Handbook

Swachh Bharat Mission is the biggest people’s movement on sanitation in the world that seeks to create a Clean India. As reported by the Government of India, close to 100% Open Defecation Free (ODF) status has been achieved. The current focus of the national flagship programme is now on ODF Plus (ODF+), which aims at […]

Bihar State Menstrual Hygiene Management Guidelines & Implementation Framew...

Menstruation and related hygiene practices are a socially and culturally sensitive issue shrouded largely in silence and perpetuated by social taboos. Following the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission-Garmin, Open Defecation Free (ODF) achievements are now proposed to be followed up by ODF sustainability and ODF plus initiatives. Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) is one of the […]

Pit latrines changing lives

Toilets breathe new air in Qahir village – Kenya WAJIR, Kenya – Think about your home without a toilet. Now, think of the flies that float around your room, and its serious harmful impact on your health as a catalyst of oral-fecal transmission. That was the life for many people who practiced open defecation in […]

Village Sanitation Committees in Kenya jump into action

Making open defecation free campaign a reality NAROK, Kenya – Village Sanitation Committees are busy spearheading the drive in Kenya’s rural sides to accelerate progress on making villages free from open defecation by encouraging the local people to shift from the generations-long practice to proper toilet use. Inadequate access to sanitation and hygiene has long […]

From Poop-Man to Honey-Man

One Man’s Fight to End Open Defecation in Kenya By Kevin Mwanza and Sheba Odondi WAJIR, Kenya – For Shukri Isaack, insulting by-names like “poop-man” did not deter him from pursuing his mission to stop the long-running practice of open defecation in Kenya’s Wajir County when a programme known as the Kenya Sanitation and Hygiene […]


Earlier this week, the world celebrated Global Handwashing Day (GHD) with this year’s theme, ‘Clean Hands for All’. United Purpose, a Global Sanitation Fund implementing partner, was extremely active during this year’s milestone day. After following their activities on social media, WSSCC decided to contact United Purpose Nigeria to learn more about their activities. We […]

Squat a moment in her shoes

In the drive to end open defecation, one of the strengths of Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) is its reliance on local knowledge, collective action and community leadership. To ensure that nobody is left behind, WSSCC is proposing ways to make CLTS even better at reflecting the needs of people who may be overlooked or marginalized […]

WSSCC welcomes Elizabeth Jeiyol as its new National Coordinator in Nigeria

By Charles Dickson WSSCC has appointed Jeiyol as National Coordinator for Nigeria. In this role, Ms Jeiyol will represent the Council and coordinate its strategic engagements and interventions with a wide range of partners in the West African country. Ms Jeiyol is the Executive Director of the Gender and Environmental Risk Reduction Initiative (GERI) and […]

Video Message by Amina J. Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General

Video Message by Amina J. Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, for the side event on the margins of the 74th United Nations General Assembly: “Sanitation and Hygiene for a Clean Nigeria: Sharing Lessons and Key Insights,” convened by the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council [English version] Excellencies, Ladies and […]

Sanitation and Hygiene Campaign for a clean Nigeria

Join WSSCC and the Permanent Mission of Nigeria on 24 September in New York for this upcoming UN General Assembly side event. Achieving universal access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene by 2030 is a major challenge in many parts of the world, with 2 billion people still lacking access to basic sanitation services, […]

WASH Talks at Stockholm World Water Week

WSSCC hosted a series of talk shows with special guests at 2019 World Water Week in Stockholm. Here is Dr. Robert Chambers, Research Associate at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, who was previously based in India and has a long-standing commitment to supporting Swachh Bharat Mission [WSSCC] Can you tell us about […]

WSSCC’s Statement to the 42nd Session of the Human Rights Council, Item 3

This past Tuesday, on the first day of the 42nd Human Rights Council in Geneva, WSSCC presented the following statement (watch here):   Mr. Chair, Excellencies, Distinguished delegates, Ladies and gentlemen. WSSCC positively welcomes the Special Rapporteur’s report on the Human Rights to water and sanitation in spheres of life beyond the household with an […]

Interview with Vinod Mishra, WSSCC India Coordinator

GENEVA – As India advances its unprecedented, government-led movement, known as the Swachh Bharat Mission, to progress the ambition of the country being open defecation free, we sat down with Vinod Kumar Mishra, WSSCC India Coordinator, to discuss his views on how to reach the last mile in India and leave no one behind in […]

Interview with Mr Leo Heller, Special Rapporteur on the human rights to saf...

GENEVA – Earlier in June, WSSCC had the opportunity to interview Mr Leo Heller, Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council. Here is what he has to say about the striking connection between sanitation and human rights. WSSCC: First of all, why […]

Meet Ms Hind Khatib-Othman, WSSCC Chair

Ms Hind Khatib-Othman is currently the Chair of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) having assumed this role in late 2018. Ms Khatib-Othman brings extensive leadership capabilities and a deep knowledge of international development work to the role, including grant making and programme finance operations. Since joining she has been keen to reinvigorate […]

Dutch delegate visits WSSCC-supported programmes in Benin

By Carolien Van der Voorden, Wouter Coussement and Charles Dickson WSSCC’s partners and community leaders in Benin showcased the progress of Dutch-supported efforts to end open defecation as a representative of the Government of the Netherlands visited the Zoungué neighbourhood of the community of Glazoué. Ms Joke Baak, a thematic expert on sanitation and hygiene […]

Interview with Madagascar Minister of Energy, Water and Hydrocarbons

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar – Earlier in May, Clara Rudholm, East and Southern Africa Regional Manager for WSSCC and its partners in Madagascar spoke with Honorable Vonjy Andriamanga, Minister of Energy, Water and Hydrocarbons to discuss the new initiative that the minister has been advocating, expectations about eliminating open defecation in the country, and the partnership with WSSCC. […]

WSSCC partners receive the medals of honor from the Government of Madagascar

By Hiro Saito ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar – Sanitation professionals at the WSSCC-supported executing agency in Madagascar are awarded the medals of honor on 24 May in recognition of their ongoing effort to fight against open defecation for the past nine years.   Presiding over the award ceremony at the Hotel Astauria Antanimena, Ms. Madeleine Ramaholimiaso, Grand […]

Annual Report 2018

WSSCC launched its Annual Report highlighting 2018 activities during our April Steering Committee meeting. With 892 million people worldwide still practicing open defecation and only 39% of the global population (2.9 billion people) using a safely managed sanitation facility, achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 6.2 remains the guiding principle for WSSCC’s work. Now in […]

Report: Shared Latrine Use and Dynamics in Rural Cambodia

The Cambodia Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Programme (CRSHIP) has worked to increase access to improved sanitation and to promote proper hygiene practices in rural Cambodia. As part of CRSHIP, WaterAid Cambodia and Plan International Cambodia engaged Causal Design to conduct a qualitative research project focused on better understanding shared latrine use — the practice […]

WSSCC and GIWA spread the word on sanitation and water at Kumbh Mela

Faith-based, water-focused festival presents extraordinary opportunity to raise awareness among millions of people of the life-changing benefits of better hygiene The largest human gathering on Earth is assembling in India this month as tens of millions of people from across the country and around the world make their way to the city of Prayagrajfor the […]

Sanitation takes center stage at Africa’s biggest street party – Carnival C...

Cross River State, South-South Nigeria, has held an annual carnival every year for the past 12 years. Tagged, ‘Africa’s Biggest Street Party’, it brings together an average of 3 million people into Calabar every December. The 2018 Carnival Calabar took a different turn as sanitation and hygiene were at the center stage amidst the fun and entertainment.  […]

One brick at a time

A few months ago, Leonard Ochwada was making more bricks than he could sell. Now he can’t keep up with demand. It’s a good problem to have, not just because of what it means for Leonard’s earnings, but also for the health of the people in his community. Leonard is a member of a youth […]

Global Citizens called, and 5.6 million actions were taken!

USD $55 million on investments in water, sanitation & hygiene were announced at the Global Citizen Mandela 100 Festival in South Africa Over the last few months, citizens around the globe took over 5.6 million online actions to end extreme poverty, including 1 million who asked global and national leaders to commit to water, sanitation […]

We have a winner! The World Toilet Day Champion is…

We are happy to announce the photo sent by Teo Namata, our member from Uganda, as the winner of the WSSCC World Toilet Day Champion challenge. The picture was taken in Bukala Village, Bunyangabo District, in Uganda and shows women washing their hands after using the toilet. According to Namata, the photo was taken during […]

When nature calls, you answer – and take action this World Toilet Day with ...

This year’s World Toilet Day will take place on 19 November. The theme, “When Nature Calls”, focuses on the importance of building toilets and sanitation systems that work in harmony with our environment and nature. According to WHO/UNICEF, 4.5 billion people live without a safe toilet and 892 million people still practise open defecation – […]

WSSCC at the 2018 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy 

Join us at this year’s conference organized by The Water Institute, University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, from October 29 to November 2 The 2018 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy will explore drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources with a strong public health emphasis. The conference will be held […]

Toilet innovation wins first prize at India’s sanitation convention

SquatEase poised to help increase use of squat toilet and reduce open defecation The widespread practice of open defecation is a major source of contamination of India’s fresh water resources. It causes severe illness among millions of people across the country every year. At the heart of the problem is not just a lack of […]

3ie presents updated results of the 2018 Evidence Gap Map on the Effectiven...

The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), a WSSCC partner, has updated the Evidence Gap Map (EGM) that provides an analysis of 41 systematic reviews and 317 impact evaluation studies in low- and middle-income countries (L&MICs). The analysis is based on the impact of WASH promotional approaches on behaviour change, health and socio-economic outcomes in […]

India hosts the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention

Click here for information in Arabic, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Ministers and sanitation sector leaders from around the world will come together this month at the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention (MGISC) in New Delhi. Hosted by the Government of India, this 4-day event will be an opportunity for participating countries to share sanitation […]

Webinar Announcement: How much evidence do we have on the effectiveness of ...

According to a 2017 report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme, 3 in 10 people worldwide (2.1 billion) lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and more than 6 in 10 (4.5 billion) lack safely managed sanitation. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) also set the Target 6.2 of universal […]

Banka BioLoo Complementing Havells’s Nutrition Program with Sanitation

Sanjay Banka Banka BioLoo, Hyderabad, Telangana, India Havells, Alwar, Rajasthan, India     YEAR(S) CASE STUDY WAS IMPLEMENTED 2015 to 2018 CASE STUDY SUMMARY Havells, India’s largest electrical products manufacturer, has manufacturing facilities in several parts of India, the largest among them being in Alwar, Rajasthan. As a part of CSR initiative, the company has […]

WSSCC members share solutions to tackle inequalities in WASH

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaboration Council (WSSCC) launched a competition for its members this year in an effort to showcase the work of its diverse membership base, which comprises individuals and organizations working to highlight issues of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) at the local, national and global levels. The winners of the WSSCC […]

Bridging the gender inequality gap in WASH through innovation: a spotlight ...

In May 2018, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) sent its members a call for proposals to submit an innovation that they had designed to reduce gender inequalities in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). The best candidates would receive sponsorship from the WSSCC to attend the regional conference on reducing gender inequalities in […]

WSSCC 2017 Annual Report Highlights

By the end of 2017, 14,600 new communities across the GSF targeted programme areas in 12 countries became nationally certified as Open Defecation Free (ODF). This represents 5 million people living in newly certified ODF environments. Ensuring quality-built latrines and access to handwashing facilities remained a priority for WSSCC. Moreover, over 3 million people had […]

Swachh-o-vation Call for Entries!

Swachh-o-vation Call for Entries! The Swachh-o-vation Competition now welcomes submissions on sanitation and hygiene innovations and technologies from within India by SEPTEMBER 9. Submit your entry today and compete for the chance to participate in the forthcoming Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention, to be held 28 September – 2 October 2018 in Delhi! The Government […]

Available Now: Report and Brief on the Joint Evaluation of the GSF Programm...

The report and briefing note of the Joint Evaluation of the GSF Programme in Togo are available now for download on WSSCC’s website in English and French. The GSF-supported programme in Togo works to improve sanitation and hygiene for 1.65 million people living in the Regions of Savanes, Kara and Plateaux -nearly 40% of Togo’s […]

Qatar Charity and WSSCC to cooperate on sanitation and hygiene for health, ...

Qatar Charity (QC), a leading Qatar-based organization with global reach, and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), a UN-hosted organization supporting large scale delivery of sanitation and hygiene programmes, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in New York aimed at enhancing cooperation around sanitation and hygiene for health, education and livelihoods. Mr. […]

WSSCC partner Global Citizen launches Mandela 100 Festival

WSSCC’s partner Global Citizen is planning big things! Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D’banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, Wizkid — these artists and more are convening on 2 December in South Africa with world and corporate leaders to present the biggest campaign on the […]

WSSCC welcomes Sue Coates as Deputy Executive Director and Programme Director

Ms. Sue Coates, a respected professional with a wealth of experience in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), academia, civil society, the private sector and advocacy and communication, joined the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) today as its new Deputy Executive Director and Programme Director. Ms. Coates comes to WSSCC after serving most recently […]

Talking menstrual hygiene with Daniel Iroegbu

By Benedicta Arthur Intern, WSSCC Governance and Membership Unit WSSCC member Daniel Iroegbu knew he found his passion for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) work when he was in Primary 5 and attended a Boy’s Bridge Camp in rural Nigeria. He was struck by the deplorable health conditions among women and children. Since then, Daniel has […]

Leave No One Behind: Voices of women in Afghanistan

Editor’s Note: For the last month, the Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA), WaterAid and WSSCC have facilitated national level consultation meetings with marginalized communities to identify key issues and messages to be represented at SACOSAN, the South Asian Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene, which takes place 10-14 April 2018 in Islamabad, Pakistan. This blog […]

Leave No One Behind: Access to sanitation improved in Bangladesh, but still...

Editor’s Note: For the last month, the Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA), WaterAid and WSSCC have facilitated national level consultation meetings with marginalized communities to identify key issues and messages to be represented at SACOSAN, the South Asian Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene, which takes place 10-14 April 2018 in Islamabad, Pakistan. This blog […]

Leave No One Behind: Voices of people from hard-to-reach areas in rural Bhu...

Editor’s Note: For the last month, the Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA), WaterAid and WSSCC have facilitated national level consultation meetings with marginalized communities to identify key issues and messages to be represented at SACOSAN, the South Asian Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene, which takes place 10-14 April 2018 in Islamabad, Pakistan. While no […]

Learning Workshop in India provides best practices for Swachh Bharat Mission

The three-day regional workshop provided participants with ideas and means to accelerate progress towards the Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India Mission)

Les gros titres et les temps forts de l’année 2017

Le WSSCC vous souhaite de joyeuses fêtes ! En 2017, le WSSCC a continué ses efforts visant à assurer l’atteinte de la cible 6.2 des ODD

Headlines and Highlights from 2017

WSSCC continued to play a significant role in the national, regional and global efforts towards achieving access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all

A conversation on the Human Rights to water and sanitation

On international Human Rights Day, WSSCC’s Enrico Muratore discusses the Human Rights to water and sanitation

Recording Available of WSSCC/3ie Webinar: What are the Most Effective Ways...

The webinar is based on a systematic review that explores effectiveness of various sanitation behaviour change approaches

Make a Splash on World Toilet Day with these Resources!

World Toilet Day on November 19 continues the theme from World Water Day with a focus on Wastewater, posing the question, ‘Where does our poo go?’

Cambodia Deputy Prime Minister highlights role of ministries and local gove...

His comments came during a visit to Svay Teab District to highlight achievements under the CRSHIP programme, funded by WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund

Addressing Climate Change Means Addressing the Global Sanitation Crisis

Sanitation can provide solutions to climate change mitigation says WSSCC’s David Shimkus in this blog for the SDG Knowledge Hub

Towards SDG 6.2: Global Sanitation Fund Monitoring Workshops

GSF workshops support programmes to monitor progress towards and beyond Open Defecation Free status, on the pathway to achieving SDG 6.2.

Our hands, our futures!

It is estimated that only 19% of people wash their hands after contact with excreta. WSSCC’s David Shimkus reflects on challenges for handwashing

Has the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Brought a Paradigm Shift in Rural Sanitation?...

Vinod Mishra, WSSCC’s India National Coordinator and Santosh Mehrotra, former UNICEF adviser and professor at JNU present views on the Clean India Mission

Tools and Tips to Celebrate Global Handwashing Day 2017

Useful resources from the Global Handwashing Partnership and WSSCC are available here

International Day of Older Persons: Highlighting the Sanitation Needs of El...

Older people need safe and dignified sanitation facilities. WSSCC strives to ensure that their needs are addressed

Menstrual Hygiene Management integrated in two national strategies in Camer...

The strategies explicitly include Menstrual Hygiene Management in their goals

Awaken your Global Citizen!

Learn how your voice can add to the global movement to improve sanitation and hygiene – become a Global Citizen!

WSSCC Releases New Global Sanitation Fund Equality and Non-Discrimination S...

Study confirms that disadvantaged groups have benefited from Global Sanitation Fund (GSF)-supported programmes, but more proactive attention is needed

Now Available: WSSCC 2016 Annual Report

It describes in detail the organization’s impact on the health and livelihoods for millions of people last year

Sanitation and the SDGs: Starting with the ‘One’ in Everyone

A blog by Unjela Kaleem, WSSCC’s Head of External Affairs and Communications

Join the WSSCC team at World Water Week 2017 in Stockholm!

Find information on WSSCC’s involvement in Stockholm World Water Week 2017 here

WSSCC Papers and Presentations at the 40th WEDC International Conference

WSSCC staff and partners led several paper presentations and facilitated an MHM workshop

WSSCC at the 40th WEDC International Conference 24 to 28 July

WSSCC will be presenting papers on equality, real-time learning and best practice

2.3 Billion People Lack Basic Sanitation, Undermining Health Progress

The JMP SDG baseline findings set a clear agenda on the work to be done towards the shared vision of WASH for All

Country Focus: Senegal – Improving Community Development and Health Outcome...

The GSF-supported Senegal programme uses its sanitation and hygiene focus to improve the living conditions and health of disadvantaged communities

Josephat’s journey: How a local government actor in Kenya became a WASH cha...

Find out how Josephat Geteya Onchari was triggered to become a key WASH champion for Kenya

Boosting sanitation programmes through local government: Success stories fr...

Meet some local government champions in Uganda who are critical to the GSF-supported programme’s success

Promoting School WASH through the Global Sanitation Fund

The GSF works with schools and the broader education sector to achieve sustainable sanitation and hygiene for all

Labour Day 2017: Working Without WASH

On Labour Day, WSSCC’s Rockaya Aidara writes that attention must be drawn to WASH challenges for women in the workplace

Holding Leaders to Account for their WASH Commitments

Global Citizen continues its work as a watchdog, releasing an accountability update on WASH commitments

Supporting healthy lives through the Global Sanitation Fund

The GSF supports partners to address the global sanitation and hygiene crisis, so that everyone can enjoy healthy and productive lives.

To Cure Disease, Prevention Must Come First

For SWA’s HLMs 2017 Chris Williams argues that governments should be investing in disease prevention

WSSCC’s first 2017 Webinar session : Inadequate Sanitation and Stress

The universal nature of psycho social stress related to poor or inadequate sanitation is raised in this webinar

Every Single SDG Thread Runs Through SDG 6.2, says UN DSGeneral/ Former Cha...

WSSCC and UNOG host a Reception for H.E. Amina Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General

Understanding slippage #7: Eight recommendations going forward

Once we understand the complexities of slippage and the strategies to address it, how do we – as WASH practitioners – move forward?

10 reasons to partner with the Global Sanitation Fund

The GSF invests in behaviour change activities that enable people to improve their sanitation

Talking Toilets in Durban, South Africa on World Water Day

WSSCC, in partnership with Global Citizen and the World Bank, celebrates World Water Day with a panel session dedicated to sanitation.

Understanding slippage #6: Eight strategies to address and prevent it

When WASH practitioners understand the patterns and causes of slippage, they can devise innovative strategies to avoid it.

Championing women through the work of the Global Sanitation Fund

Global Sanitation Fund programmes are designed to incorporate gender considerations and equity dimensions.

Women’s rights are human rights, period

On International Women’s Day, Chris Williams writes that there is more to adding women to the workplace; they need an enabling space

WSSCC launches its Strategic Plan for 2017-2020

With SDG 6.2 at its heart, the strategy identifies the results WSSCC would like to achieve, the issues it will work on and regions where it will work

Putting the well-being of women first: how one WSSCC member is working to ...

WSSCC Member Daniel Iroegbu’s inspirational work is impacting the lives of women and girls in hard-to-reach areas of the country.

Understanding slippage #5: How should it be monitored?

Monitoring slippage should go beyond the numbers to truly understand behaviour change and community dynamics.

Local governance and sanitation: Eight lessons from Uganda

Lessons from the GSF-supported Uganda programme for implementing CLTS at scale through a decentralized government system.

Understanding slippage #4: what are the most common patterns?

The Global Sanitation Fund has identified a number of slippage patterns, linked to factors that communities have significant, little or no control over.

Nepal’s Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation Commits to Break the Silenc...

The event included able and disabled women and girls, who traveled from many parts of Nepal to share their real-life experiences.

WSSCC Executive Director Chris Williams at the Second National Sanitation C...

Executive Director Chris Williams reinforced WSSCC’s mandate that supports Sustainable Development Goal 6.2.

Understanding slippage #3 : Communities and behaviour change

WSSCC explores community learning trajectories within the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) process, and how they relate to slippage.

Understanding slippage #2: Exploring its nuances

In the second of a seven-part series for WASH practitioners, we explore the nuances of slippage and its impact on communities.

WSSCC achievements in 2016: paving the way for sanitation for all

WSSCC is working to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6.2, to provide sanitation and hygiene for all, and does this in a number of ways.

Field mission in Senegal highlights strengths and weaknesses of sanitation ...

The mission was to collect data to make proposals for a better integration of MHM into sanitation projects.

Sanitation Action Summit 2016 – Reflections

The Sanitation Action Summit in Mumbai brought together policymakers, representatives from marginalized communities, and global citizens to share experiences and identify solutions that help enable a truly open defecation free India by 2019. This report describes how the summit came about, and who came to listen, share and learn. It also highlights the challenges faced […]

Global Sanitation Fund shares its Value for Money (VfM) study

The analysis provides recommendations on the methodology that the GSF can use to better track VfM aspects within supported programmes.

Our members in action in Uganda, Madagascar, Nepal and Sierra Leone

Find out what steps some of our members recently took to inspire change in their communities.

Gender and CLTS: Evidence from Madagascar

Gender equality, serving the most vulnerable, and addressing the particular needs of women and girls are among the core principles of the GSF.

Global Citizen Festival comes to India in unprecedented celebration raising...

The first ever Global Citizen Festival in India took place in Mumbai with an unprecedented gathering of 80,000 citizens from India.

Sanitation Action Summit brings India’s voices together

To support and accelerate India’s Swachh Bharat Mission for a clean India for all.

Catalytic programming for scale and sustainability

The 2016 GSF Learning Event produced lessons on scale, sustainability, equality and monitoring for sanitation and hygiene programmes.

Inspired by ‘Clean India’ Movement, Amina Mohammed Will Bring Sanitation to...

Like India, a disproportionate number of Nigerians – over 110 million – have little or no access to improved sanitation.

Leaving No One Behind in the Quest to Clean India

What better way to promote the economy than to emphasize inclusive growth through sanitation for all?

Understanding ‘slippage’

Many WASH programmes are confronted with ‘slippage’. How should this issue be understood and addressed?

Sanitation Action Summit Urges Swachh Bharat to Leave No One Behind

WSSCC kicks off a Sanitation Action Summit to accelerate progress on WASH by giving voice to the needs of India’s most vulnerable citizens.

Learning beyond borders in East Africa

Through peer-to-peer learning, the Global Sanitation Fund is harnessing the immense amount of knowledge.

Listening to WSSCC members and stakeholders for new 2017-2020 strategic plan

In June, July and August WSSCC reached out to its members and partners in 16 countries through dedicated national consultations.

WSSCC to launch report, engage partners at UNGA

WSSCC looks forward to contributing to discussions with partners and stakeholders during events this week at the United Nations General Assembly.

WSSCC and FANSA release country reports in Leave No One Behind campaign

The reports cover the sanitation needs of vulnerable groups in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Reviving sanitation in Nepal

After the earthquake in Nepal, the GSF-supported programme & partners underwent a learning journey, which is illustrated in a new report.

GSF partners in action: Boosting WASH for schools and communities in Malawi

In the open defecation free (ODF) Traditional Authority of Mwadzama, a Plan International project under the GSF-supported programme in Malawi has boosted water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in schools.

Strong presence for WSSCC at 6th Africa Water Week Conference

Sessions addressed key issues and provided recommendations for action required to achieve universal and equitable access to WASH.

Join the WSSCC team at World Water Week 2016 in Stockholm!

WSSCC looks forward to meeting partners and friends during the events at the forthcoming World Water Week.

WSSCC releases recommendations on RALUs under India’s Swachh Bharat Mission

The regional consultations held in June across India discussed forward planning to accelerate progress under the Swachh Bharat Mission.

Pakistan strategy meeting concludes week-long focus on sanitation and hygiene

WSSCC’s strategy consultation in Pakistan will help guide WSSCC as it develops its new global strategy and increases engagement in the country.

Sub-grantees in action: Achieving ODF status in hard-to-reach areas

On the ground and in communities, Sub-grantees are the lifeblood of Global Sanitation Fund (GSF)-supported country programmes.

WSSCC hosts national learning and sharing event in Pakistan

The event provided an opportunity for detailed exchange and learning on scaling up and sustaining improved sanitation and hygiene.

Two ministers present at WSSCC Nigeria national consultations

Amina Mohammed highlighted key issues & questions on the Nigerian Sanitation Agenda and how it would need to be focused with a need for cohesion.

Madagascar earns big turnout for WSSCC strategy consultation

“We must speed up the pace and work together to achieve our goals, which are the same as the SDGs,” said Minister Ravatomanga at the workshop.

Minister for Water and Sanitation commits to redoubling efforts on sanitati...

Minister Barmou Salifou opened the WSSCC consultation workshop and stayed on to witness an institutional triggering.

Collaborative role for WSSCC affirmed during national consultation in Benin

Minister of Health Alassane Séidou stressed the commitment of the government to increase its contribution to the sanitation & hygiene sector.

Listening to partners and members in Togo for the new WSSCC strategy

The workshop also provided a platform for a sector discussion on the commitments, challenges, institutions & systems in Togo.

WSSCC Executing Agency in Uganda awarded certificate of quality assurance

The Ugandan NGO Link to Progress (LTP) is the Executing Agency of the WAFSAH project in Uganda.

People and partners: Engaging volunteers and communities in post-disaster r...

The role of champions and partners is central to the success of GSF-supported programmes.

Seeking alignment: Cambodia strategy consultation draws links between gover...

The workshop offered partners and WASH stakeholders time to discuss WSSCC’s relevance & purpose in the country.

Study on rural sanitation in India aims to answer questions on behaviour ch...

A new research has identified and analysed key barriers and motivators of change in sanitation and hygiene behaviour.

WSSCC strategy consultation in Nepal: Think, Link and Ink!

Interactive sessions generated responses on the role that WSSCC can play to contribute to progress in the country.

What should WSSCC do differently in 2017-2020? Recommendations from Malawi ...

The Malawi national consultation workshop was the first in a series of 16 national consultations.

GSF facilitates global learning event to boost impact and innovation

The GSF focuses on continuous learning to boost implementation, innovation and advocacy.

The GSF and sustainability

Sustainability is core to GSF-supported, country-led programmes.

WSSCC members: log in to the Members’ Community to update your profile

The new Members’ Community is an online directory, listing all members, where you can update your profile, connect and collaborate.

WSSCC helps build momentum in Zimbabwe’s sanitation and hygiene sector

The most recent statistics for Zimbabwe show that only 40% of the country’s 13 million citizens have access to improved WASH.

Boosting behaviour change: benefits from cross-country learning

Staff members from the GSF Nigeria programme describe how learning from colleagues in Uganda has boosted their work.

Scaling up and sustaining behaviour change

WASH practitioners are actively looking for ways to scale up and sustain sanitation and hygiene improvements.

Leave No One Behind: Voices of the marginalized at SACOSAN-VI

At SACOSAN 6, WSSCC highlighted the plight of underserved groups, and their need for safe and satisfactory WASH.

Togo Progress Report – Global Sanitation Fund

The GSF-funded programme in Togo supports the country’s national campaign to become open defecation free (ODF), known as ‘Togo SANDAL’. The aim of the GSF-funded programme is to increase the use of latrines and to encourage the adoption of good hygiene practices for rural populations in the Savanes and Kara regions, and in five districts […]

The satisfaction of having your own toilet: Assana’s story

Assana Bapelim, who lives in the Kara region of Togo, is proud of the latrine she built with help from her neighbours.

Provoking emotions to boost sanitation: triggering local authorities in Togo

WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund (GSF)-supported programme in Togo is using ‘institutional triggering’ to mobilize local government commitment and action for improved sanitation and hygiene. The GSF supports the country’s national campaign for an open defecation free (ODF) Togo by 2018, known as ‘Togo SANDAL’. The aim of the programme is to increase the use of […]

WSSCC partner delivers massive Global Handwashing Day campaign

Concern Universal, WSSCC’s implementing partner in Nigeria, and Carex, successfully concluded a massive Global Handwashing Day campaign on 15 October with music, dancing and important message: handwashing saves lives. The celebrations were the culmination of a month-long campaign that reached 45,000 children across Nigeria and the United Kingdom, approximately 500,000 people worldwide via social media, […]

WSSCC increases support to Swachh Bharat Mission

New Delhi, India – 30 October 2015 – Today, the Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) announced that it will amplify its support to the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), the Government of India’s (GOI) programme to achieve a Clean India by 2019, by establishing an in country India Support Unit and bolstering its work […]

Toilet touring in Uganda: experiencing the true spirit of Community-Led Tot...

Cliquez ici pour lire la version française Patrick England, who recently joined the Global Sanitation Fund secretariat, travelled to Uganda to participate in a learning exchange mission. The mission turned out to be a unique opportunity to experience the true spirit of community-led total sanitation (CLTS). Read about his experiences below. When I first entered […]

Video: CLTS ‘triggering’ in action

CLTS focuses on igniting change in sanitation and hygiene behavior within whole communities.

Learning, progress and innovation: Sanitation and hygiene promotion in Mada...

Learn how the GSF-funded programme in Madagascar is promoting sustainability and achieving strong sanitation and hygiene results through a cycle of learning, progress and innovation. Download the complete case study or explore the sections below: The national context The latest report from the Joint Monitoring Programme of the United Nations Children’s Fund and World Health […]

Championing CLTS in conflict-affected communities in Nigeria: Benedict Emor...

By Jonathan Ekhator and Patrick England Benedict Emori is a community-led total sanitation (CLTS) champion from Abi Local Government Area (LGA), located in Nigeria’s south-eastern Cross River State. He is participating in the Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion in Nigeria (RUSHPIN) programme, implemented by Concern Universal and funded by the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) and […]

Boosting dialogue on sanitation and hygiene behaviour change and sustainabi...

The WSSCC Community of Practice on Sanitation and Hygiene in Developing Countries (CoP) and the global Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) launched an online learning event today on the topic, ‘Sanitation and hygiene behaviour change programming and sustainability: habit formation, slippage, and the need for long-term programming’. The learning event runs for three weeks from 22 […]

The rapid road to ODF

A “rapid action learning and sharing workshop” organised by the Government of India, WSSCC and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) has highlighted a number of best practices and innovations aimed at accelerating India’s Swachh Bharat Gramin campaign for universal sanitation coverage by 2019 – the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth. Nearly 100 participants, […]

Global Sanitation Fund Progress Update – August 2015

In the first half of 2015, Global Sanitation Fund (GSF)-supported programmes reported significant progress in helping large numbers of people improve their sanitation and adopt good hygiene practices. Over 9.9 million people in more than 36,500 communities now live in open defecation free (ODF) environments, an increase of approximately 2.9 million people since December 2014.

Join WSSCC at the World Water Week in Stockholm!

WSSCC is an active participant in global, regional and national conferences and special events designed to further the cause of sanitation, hygiene and water for all people. This year, WSSCC will co-convene or participate in a number of exciting sanitation and hygiene-related events at the forthcoming World Water Week in Stockholm, from August 23 to 28. […]

How a clean toilet helps Madame Metty run a successful business

A CLTS triggering helped Madame Metty understand that the health hazards for her and her customers could only be reduced if she owned a toilet.

The Ngor Declaration on Sanitation and Hygiene

Preamble We, the Ministers and Heads of Delegations responsible for sanitation and hygiene in Africa, together with senior civil servants, academics, civil society, development partners and the private sector at the 4thAfrican Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene (AfricaSan), convened by the Government of Senegal with support from the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) in […]

The Uganda Sanitation Fund – Progress Report

The GSF-supported programme in Uganda is led by the government and is known locally as the Uganda Sanitation Fund (USF). The Environment Health Division in the Ministry of Health is the Executing Agency and the 30 District Local Governments are implementing activities on the ground, somein partnership with NGOs to complement activities. A sub-group of […]

The Global Sanitation Fund in Ethiopia

The GSF-supported programme is known as the Ethiopia Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Programme (E-SHIP). The programme is managed by Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health, as the Executing Agency, and has recorded strong results since the start of the programme. By June 2014, the programme had recorded a cumulative total of over 1.6 million people living […]

Can WASH deliver more than just sanitation?

Through successful WASH intervention, communities access a new service that improves their quality of life, and also learn about equity and inclusion. The abysmal state of access to safe water and sanitation facilities in the developing world is currently a major cause for alarm; 580,000 children die every year from preventable diarrheal diseases. This is […]

10 reasons to partner with the Global Sanitation Fund

The Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) invests in behaviour change activities that enable large numbers of people in developing countries to improve their sanitation and adopt good hygiene practices. Established in 2008 by the UNOPS-hosted Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), the GSF is the only global fund solely dedicated to sanitation and hygiene. The […]

AfricaSan 2015: The Ngor Declaration on Sanitation and Hygiene

The Ngor Declaration on Sanitation and Hygiene, Adopted by the African Ministers responsible for sanitation and hygiene on 27 May 2015 at AfricaSan4.

WSSCC supports restoration efforts in Nepal

The Global Sanitation Fund programme in Nepal is reprogramming funds to contribute to restoration efforts in districts affected by the massive earthquake that struck northwest of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, early on 25 April, and the tremors which followed in May 2015. The GSF’s Executing Agency in Nepal, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has […]

The Global Sanitation Fund programme in Senegal

Working across four regions, the programme is managed by AGETIP, a private non-profit entity established in Senegal.

The Global Sanitation Fund programme in Nigeria

The Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion in Nigeria programme aims to support over 2 million people to improve their WASH practices.

The Global Sanitation Fund-supported programme in Nepal

The GSF-supported Nepal programme supports the national goal to achieve 100 percent sanitation coverage by 2017.

The Global Sanitation Fund programme in Madagascar

‘Fonds d’Appui pour l’Assainissement’ (FAA) is the national programme supported by the GSF in Madagascar.

The Global Sanitation Fund-supported programme in India

The ‘Promoting Sustainable Sanitation in Rural India’ programme supports efforts to tackle the enormous sanitation challenge in the country.

The Global Sanitation Fund-supported programme in Ethiopia

ESHIP aims to scale up WASH improvement across rural communities to help achieve national WASH goals.

First Ladies and leading international women call for WASH in SDGs

The Declaration on Sanitation and Hygiene was signed by 44 influential women from global leadership, media, and powerful organizations around the world.

Madagascar holds high-level institutional sanitation “triggering” workshop ...

This week, the Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene of the Government of Madagascar welcomed the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) Steering Committee, which includes international donors and sanitation experts. WSSCC is a Geneva-based United Nations body that aims at improving access to water and sanitation for the world’s 2.5 billion people who lack access to sanitation and 748 million people who cannot enjoy drinking water. Madagascar is one of the main recipient countries of financing from the Global Sanitation Fund, which is WSSCC’s funding mechanism. The GSF programme in Madagascar is called “Fonds d’Appui pour l’Assainissement (FAA)”

National event promotes sanitary, safe and green living and working environ...

The 6th National Hygiene and Environmental Health experience sharing forum was conducted from 26-28 February 2015 in Dire Dawa on the theme promoting Sanitary, Safe and Green living and working environment in Ethiopia. Close to 200 participants coming from the different regions and representatives of different development partners operating in the nations participated in the three day event and deliberated on the various issues and challenges related to the promotion of hygiene and environmental sanitation across the nation.

Communities seek emergency sanitation after Malawi floods wash away latrines

Ferocious floods that have hit fifteen of Malawi’s twenty eight districts have destroyed thousands of latrines in Phalombe and Chikhwawa, where Global Sanitation Fund-supported projects are being implemented – certainly a call for innovative programming to respond to the impact of the calamity that threatens to erode the sanitation and hygiene gains registered in the two districts so far.

Post-2015 WASH Targets & Indicators – Questions & Answers

Why should water, sanitation and hygiene be priorities in the Post-2015 development agenda?

GSF Kenya Launch
Global Sanitation Fund support launches in Kenya

The Kenya Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Programme is a five-year programme aiming to reach 1.92 million Kenyans.

Break the Silence – Factsheet in Chinese

Menstrual hygiene is still a taboo subject, neglected in adolescent girls’ and women’s health, education and quality of life. Even sectors such as water and sanitation, which routinely deal with unmentionables such as excreta, ignore girls’ and women’s need for safe spaces to manage menstrual hygiene and mechanisms for safe disposal of materials used to absorb menstrual blood.



On World Toilet Day, new WHO/UN-Water Report reveals vital need for informa...

On World Toilet Day WSSCC as part of the United Nations is highlighting the fact that one out of three women around the world lack access to safe toilets. As a result they face disease, shame and potential violence when they seek a place to defecate.

World Toilet Day around the globe

Read and watch all World Toilet Day highlights from various events around the world.

United Nations in Action: The Global Sanitation Fund in Nepal

This film was produced by United Nations Television for the programme “United Nations in Action”.

WSSCC celebrates the highlighting of sanitation at the Global Citizen Festi...

The Global Citizen Festival in Central Park brought the call against poverty and injustice to a massive show of youth support.

WSSCC appoints David Shimkus to lead Global Sanitation Fund

He will oversee the Fund’s ongoing efforts to support community-led sanitation programmes in developing countries.

Seven journalists win prestigious media awards for excellence in reporting ...

7 journalists were named today as winners of the “2014 WASH Media Awards” competition for their excellence in reporting on WASH-related issues.

Round table and promotion of sanitation in Bihar outline ‘The Future We Wan...

In a two-day workshop and round table meeting, high-level government ministers committed to ensure the state of Bihar will become ODF.

Sanitation in Stockholm: WSSCC welcomes your engagement at World Water Week!

WSSCC is proud to wave the flag high for sanitation and hygiene at the forthcoming World Water Week in Stockholm.

Executive Director of WSSCC received by the President of the Republic of Ma...

They discussed how sanitation is a strategic point for social and economic development, and targeted investments will help improve the lives of many people.

WSSCC supports Kenya’s First National Annual Conference on Sanitation & Hyg...

WSSCC is a supporting partner for Kenya’s First National Annual Conference on Sanitation & Hygiene, which is being held 1-3 April 2014 in Nairobi.

Global Sanitation Fund Brochure

The updated GSF Brochure is now available.

Global Sanitation Fund Progress Report 2013

In 2013, the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) contributed directly to efforts to eradicate the practice of open defecation, increase use of improved sanitation and enhance hygiene practices. Large-scale programmes funded by GSF in 11 countries in Africa and Asia resulted in more than 3.7 million people living in open defecation free (ODF) environments and more […]

UN Women and WSSCC partner for women and girls in West Africa

On the margins of International Women’s Day commemoration, UN Women and WSSCC have formed an official partnership.

Journalists gather in Cotonou to place spotlight on African commitments to ...

Less than a year from the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), journalists in Africa are casting a critical eye on the progress in water, sanitation and hygiene improvements being achieved by African governments, and the on-going challenges in this priority sector. This week, some 40 journalists and other stakeholders are gathering in a regional media workshop organized by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) in Cotonou, Benin.

WSSCC Supports Indian Government Effort to Integrate Menstrual Hygiene in K...

The Government of India has approved a proposal to change the NBA guidlines, recognizing the importance of MHM.

WSSCC Steering Committee meeting set for Uganda

The Uganda Ministry of Health will host high-level delegates from WSSCC who will make strategic decisions and review implementation of the Council’s programs.

Food security, climate change and… sanitation

During the opening ceremony of the Budapest Water Summit today, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon put sanitation on the same level as food security and climate change, giving it a prominent role in shaping the post-2015 development agenda.

Joining hands – report of the media partnership initiative of GSF in India

The GSF India programme organized a media workshop in Guwahati, the capital of the North East Indian State of Assam, in early September. The workshop aimed at bringing senior journalists writing on sanitation, health and hygiene on a common platform to ensure concerted action on this critical issue, understand the challenges in reportage, and create “Sanitation Champions” in the media. The workshops also tried to encourage and sensitise journalists to develop more insightful stories on the vital issue of sanitation and hygiene.


GSF India sensitizes media on sanitation

The Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) in India organized two media workshops in Patna and Ranchi in the States of Bihar and Jharkhand, respectively, in June 2013. As part of its media strategy, the programme seeks to cultivate a partnership with the media to highlight key sanitation issues in the focus states in particular, and the country at large.

Jan Eliasson in Stockholm to talk about toilets

The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Jan Eliasson was the keynote speaker at the official opening of the 2013 World Water Week in Stockholm.

Honours awarded to sanitation champions in Nigeria

n Abuja this week, the Nigerian Society of Engineers honoured two women who are committed to improving sanitation and hygiene in their country – the Honourable Minister for Water Resources, Mrs Sarah Reng Ochekpe, and WSSCC’s own WASH Ambassador, Eng. Ebele Okeke.  The awards were given at a ceremony attended by leading figures from a range of sectors, both government and NGO.


Third Call for GSF Sanitation proposals – Malawi

Third Call for GSF Sanitation proposals in Malawi

Sanitation is High Level Panel priority

Universal access to water and sanitation are considered priorities for the post-2015 development agenda, according to a recent report from a High Level Panel of world leaders.

WSSCC at the event “A Matter of Life: Investing in Sanitation” . Announce...

On April 19,  UN Deputy Secretary-General (DSG), Jan Eliasson, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, World Bank Group Vice President of Sustainable Development Rachel Kyte, and American Standard Senior Vice President Jim McHale  had an online conversation with key global decision makers about the economics and politics of sanitation. At the same time,  Jan Eliasson, announced the 2014 SWA High Level Meeting (HLM).

WSSCC supports the national workshop on Community-Led approaches in India

Key Resource Centre at Uttarakahnd Academy of Administration organized the national workshop on Community-Led approaches in the context of the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA),  in  collaboration with WSSCC with the support of Ministry of Drinking Water & sanitation, Government of India. 


Global Sanitation Fund Progress Report 2012

2012 was the year in which the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) built upon initial accomplishments to achieve tangible progress in a significant number of countries. Between 2008 and 2011, WSSCC worked intensively to design and implement the GSF model globally and at country level. Through the Global Sanitation Fund, WSSCC had committed US$ 65 million […]

WSSCC sponsors CLTS workshop in Jharkhand, India

WSSCC is supporting the CLTS Foundation in its arrangement of the 4th Annual Workshop on “Sustainability of Rural Sanitation Initiatives in India.” 

Global Sanitation Fund Progress Report, August 2012

A new report from WSSCC about its Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) shows that over 752,897 people have access to and are using improved toilets – a significant increase from 100,000 people with improved toilets featured in a GSF report earlier in February 2012. Read more.

WSSCC facilitates first-ever “triggering” exercise in China’s Jilin provinc...

In July 2012, WSSCC helped to facilitate the first-ever “triggering” exercise in China’s Jilin province, within the context of a partnership with UNICEF-China aimed at supporting the Government to address the national sanitation challenge of 500 million people without safe and hygienic facilities. Read more

Ethiopia receives new boost of investment in sanitation and hygiene

Ethiopia will receive an additional boost from the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) which officially announced a US$ 5 million investment through its Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) to help the government of Ethiopia achieve its Universal Access Plan in Sanitation and Hygiene. 1.7 million additional people will have toilets because of the new GSF. Read more

In Nepal, a Radio Jingle Celebrates the National Sanitation Week

In Tikapur, a Joint Coordinated Effort for Media Advocacy and Awareness Took Place During 13th National Sanitation Week (NSW) Celebration That Commenced on 5 June 2012. A  Radio Jingle has been Prepared for the Occasion.

Building Capacity in Cambodia: Training of Trainers on Community-Led Total ...

From April to June 2012, in Takeo, Svay Rieng and Kampong Cham province, a three-day Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Training of Trainers (ToT) was Conducted by the National Center for Health Promotion (NCHP).

Uganda Sanitation Fund receives US$6 million from WSSCC: 5 year programme w...

Kumi District, Uganda, 16 March 2012 – The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) today allocated US$6 million from its Global Sanitation Fund to help more people in Uganda attain safe sanitation and practice good hygiene.


GSF programme hosts Sanitation Marketing workshop in Malawi

The GSF, together with its national and local partners organized a three-day Sanitation Marketing workshop from 15-17 February in Malawi.

The Global Sanitation Fund signs seven new sub-grantees in Nepal

The Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) programme in Nepal awarded eleven grants to seven sub-grantees in total USD 524,954, to kick start the implementation of its programme. GSF’s work in Nepal, aims to impact a total of 1.9 million people, 1.1 million of which currently do not have access to basic sanitation and hygiene. The sub-grantees who were awarded funds are local and national organizations in Nepal, which will focus on the districts of Bajura and Bardiya districts, located in the Far and Mid-Western Development Region of Nepal.

Speech by Jon Lane, Executive Director, at the end of the Global Forum on S...

That great moral beacon of our times, Nelson Mandela, invites us to judge the importance of an issue not by how glamorous or attractive it is but by how much good it does for how many people. On that basis, sanitation is one of the most important issues in the world. As our Forum draws to a close, I would like to share with you some observations about the subject and some thoughts for the future.

Voices on the ground in Africa demand governments walk the talk

Grassroots activists in Africa have come together at AfricaSan 3, Kigali, Rwanda to demand that their leaders and international governments demonstrate strong leadership and take urgent action on the continent’s critical sanitation situation.

Activities of GSF sub-grantees in Madagascar officially launched today

5 million USD to improve the lives of 13 million Malagasy in 5 years: the activities of the Global Sanitation Fund are now officially launched.

Global Sanitation Fund: Cambodian Government, Plan International Cambodia t...

Cambodian Government and Plan International Cambodia team up to implement the Global Sanitation Fund programme with $5 million from WSSCC.

Plan Malawi seeks sub-grantees for Global Sanitation Fund work

Plan Malawi, the Executing Agency for WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) in Malawi, is now inviting suitably qualified firms and organisations to express interest in the role of Sub Grantee (SG) for the GSF grant programme in the country.  

On World Toilet Day, UN Committee urges states to take sanitation seriously

A key UN human rights committee will adopt a statement* Friday –  coinciding with World Toilet Day – which details massive problems relating to sanitation across the globe, and urging States to ensure that “everyone, without discrimination, has physical and affordable access to sanitation that is safe, hygienic, secure, socially and culturally acceptable, provides privacy and ensures dignity.”

Zambia, Mali host workhops on Community-Led Total Sanitation

Professionals in Africa are gathering this week and next in Zambia and Mali, respectively, for two important training workshops on Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS).

Sanitation perspectives in the new Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has seen its ups and downs in terms of WASH services, and the newly signed Government of National Unity presents opportunities for the improvements in WASH. While we look towards the rehabilitation, development and expansion of water and sanitation infrastructure, there is a concern that social values, principles, standards and ethics will not have such an easy or quick fix.

Nepal launches its GSF programme with $5 million from WSSCC

Seated beneath a banner proclaiming “Solidarity for Sanitation,” leading public officials and sanitation experts in Nepal today launched the country’s national Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) programme with a $5 million commitment from the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).

On World Environment Day, as Euro 2008 beckons, WSSCC says environmental pr...

Over 500,000 tonnes of faeces are openly defecated every day to the environment around the world. That’s enough to fill the 30,000-seat Stade de Genève, where the Euro 2008 football tournament kicks off this weekend, three times over.

L’apprentissage au-delà des frontières en Afrique de l’Est

Through peer-to-peer learning, the Global Sanitation Fund is harnessing the immense amount of knowledge.

Leave No One Behind: In Nepal, coordination and ownership is a key to achie...

Editor’s Note: For the last month, the Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA), WaterAid and WSSCC have facilitated national level consultation meetings with marginalized communities to identify key issues and messages to be represented at SACOSAN, the South Asian Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene, which takes place 10-14 April 2018 in Islamabad, Pakistan. This blog […]

L’élan en faveur de l’assainissement et de l’hygiène s’accroît au Nigéria...

Le dialogue interministériel à Abuja a mis en évidence la nécessité d’harmoniser la politique nationale d’assainissement

Malawi’s Nkhotakota District to become ODF by 2017

Malawi’s Nkhotakota District Council has made a declaration to work towards declaring the district open-defecation free by mid-2017.

Uganda Minister of Health honours WSSCC with visit to Secretariat in Geneva

WSSCC was honoured this week by the visit to its offices of a delegation led by Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, Minister of Health, Republic of Uganda.


The Global Sanitation Fund-supported programme in Uganda

Covering 30 districts, the ‘Uganda Sanitation Fund’ (USF) enables communities to gain access to basic sanitation and adopt good hygiene practices.

The Global Sanitation Fund-supported programme in Tanzania

The programme works in 3 districts in Dodoma Region, through local & international NGOs and in partnership with local and regional actors.

GSF Kenya Launch
The Global Sanitation Fund-supported programme in Kenya

K-SHIP aims to help reduce the disease burden resulting from poor sanitation and hygiene, while helping to improve health outcomes in the country.

The Global Sanitation Fund-supported programme in Benin

The GSF-supported programme in Benin promotes sustainable and equitable sanitation and hygiene within disadvantaged communities in rural areas.

Nouveaux développements excitants à Madagascar pour améliorer l’assainissem...

Des développements très excitants ont lieu à Madagascar pour améliorer l’assainissement et de l’hygiène à grande échelle.L’exemple de ce pays démontre concrètement que l’éradication de la défécation à l’air libre passe inéluctablement par une volonté politique, un investissement public, l’application de l’assainissement total piloté par la communauté (ATPC) à grande échelle, la vérification des résultats, et l’apprentissage par l’expérience.

Promising Pathways – Innovations and best practices in CLTS at scale in Mad...

The astonishing story of how Madagascar grew from 10 to 10,000 villages free of open-defecation in just three years.

Momentum picks up in UMATA GSF programme in Tanzania

The August edition of UMATA News highlights recent activities in a programme which is starting to show real momentum in terms of implementation.

Le Directeur Exécutif du WSSCC reçu par le Président de la République

Le Président de la République Hery Rajaonarimampianina a reçu ce lundi 14 juillet 2014 au Palais d’Etat d’Iavoloha, M. Chris Williams, le Directeur Exécutif du Conseil de Concertation pour l’Approvisionnement en Eau et l’Assainissement (WSSCC), accompagné par le Ministre de l’Eau Ndahimananjara Johanita.


22 March – World Water Day 2014: Fewer cases of diarrhea for this family wi...

Diabou and her 10-year-old child used to have diarrhea, but after a triggering session she spoke to her husband about getting a toilet of their own.

5th South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN) in Nepal – Conference Re...

The South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN), a government-led biennial convention held on a rotational basis in each SAARC member country, provides an interactive platform for improving sanitation in South Asia. The first conference was held in Bangladesh in 2003, the second in Pakistan in 2006, the third in India in 2008 and the fourth in Sri Lanka in 2011. The fifth South Asian Conference on Sanitation, SACOSAN-V was organized by the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Urban Development with the theme “Sanitation for All: All for Sanitation”.

A reminder about sanitation and hygiene on World Health Day 2011

In nineteenth-century Europe and North America, diarrhoea, cholera, and typhoid spread through poor sanitation was the leading cause of childhood illness and death; today, such deaths are rare in these regions.