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COVID-19: How gender stereotyping impacts delivery of sanitation and hygien...

By Dr Elizabeth Wamera Most sanitation programmes, in their mission to change (un)hygienic behaviour, only in some cases attempt to shift gender roles and power dynamics between men and women at the household and community levels. As such, sanitation processes may inadvertently reinforce gender stereotypes relating to women’s socially prescribed care roles and intrinsic motivation […]

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 […]

GSF facilitates global learning event to boost impact and innovation

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

Measuring the impact of advocacy

Experts on evaluation and UN professionals discussed how advocacy can be evaluated at an event hosted by WSSCC & 3ie.

Hand Washing Practice in ASEH Project Area – A Study for Impact Monitoring

This study examines the status and benefits of hand washing with cleaning agents at five critical times as part of the Advancing Sustainable Environmental Health (ASEH) project. It was the third part of a longitudinal study of a project in rural and urban areas of Bangladesh with an earlier baseline (2004) and mid-term impact study (2007). […]

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, […]

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 at the UN General Assembly in New York 18 -23 September 2017

WSSCC’s busy agenda for the coming week promoting sanitation and hygiene is available here

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

WSSCC Strategic Plan 2017-2020

The Strategic Plan presents how WSSCC will deploy its effective mix of tools, instruments, knowledge, and human and financial resources to make a meaningful & sustainable impact on the lives of millions people who lack sanitation & hygiene.

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.

Watch: WSSCC Executive Chair’s video message on the COVID-19 pandemic

GENEVA – Ms Hind Khatib-Othman, Executive Chair of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, is calling upon world leaders to commit to the establishment of a new global Fund to develop and implement the community-based sanitation and hygiene solutions, and prevent future pandemics. Transcript – Calling for a global fund dedicated to sanitation and […]

WSSCC’s response to the United Nations Secretary-General’s call to action o...

GENEVA – The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is in full support of the action plan launched by the UN Secretary-General on Tuesday to address the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. In a new report, Shared responsibility, global solidarity: Responding to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, Mr Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the […]

COVID-19: Sanitation and hygiene for today and tomorrow

We are keeping our focus on sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health, for those left behind and least able to respond. We have provided our in-country implementing partners with guidance about reprogramming, allowing funds to be directed to preventing, delaying and containing COVID-19 in line with government and advice from the World Health Organization (WHO). We […]

Safe sanitation and hygiene key to preventing pandemics like COVID-19

At a time when the global community is hit by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of safe sanitation and hygiene to prevent diseases and live a healthy and fulfilling life is more obvious than ever before. Safe sanitation and hygiene does not only impact on people’s health. It also impacts on livelihoods, […]

Coronavirus is a hygiene crisis

  National governments are responding to the Coronavirus on an unprecedented scale. In addition to school closures and bans on large gatherings, borders are closing, flights are cancelled and whole populations are in lockdown as we collectively try to contain the virus. Each of us is touched by this very public health emergency. We are […]

From hydrogeology to hygiene

A conversation with WSSCC member Dr Asad Umar  By Raza Naqvi Dr Asad Umar’s professional journey began 20 years ago with the completion of his PhD in hydrogeology at the prestigious Aligarh Muslim University. Then came the Bhuj Earthquake in Gujarat in 2001 where he worked relentlessly to make water accessible to the victims. That […]

Breaking the silence around menstrual hygiene

By Trupti Ashtankar and Charlotte Jenner Mumbai, India – In many communities across India, menstruation and related hygiene practices are socially and culturally sensitive issues, shrouded in silence and perpetuated by myths or social taboos. As a result, women (and men) often lack essential information about the cause of menstruation, as well as safe menstrual […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lessons Learned from Global Champions for Improved Access to Public Service...

At this year’s Commission on the Status of Women, the plight of many women, girls and marginalized groups who face barriers to safely accessing water and sanitation (WASH) services in public spaces took center stage at a side event entitled, Empowerment of Women and Girls through Access to Public Services – including Water, Sanitation and […]

On World Toilet Day, Let Us Speak Plainly About An Issue That Is Often Negl...

By Rolf Luyendijk, Executive Director, WSSCC As we mark World Toilet Day and there is more and more discussion about the importance of dealing with human waste, many people will become embarrassed or shocked, and some would rather avoid the subject altogether. However, the sanitation crisis that exists in many parts of the world, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 NCs take driving role in supporting government GLAAS focal points to ...

Through its network of National Coordinators, WSSCC recently participated in the 2018 GLAAS Country Survey Workshop organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Water and Sanitation Center (IRC) in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 7-9 August. GLAAS – the Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water initiative of UN-Water implemented by WHO – celebrates […]

Double honours for Tobias Omufwoko, WSSCC’s Kenya National Coordinator!

On 14 August 2018, Mr. Tobias Omufwoko, CEO of WASH Alliance Kenya and WSSCC National Coordinator of Kenya, was appointed to serve as the Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Focal Person for Sanitation and Water for All (SWA). Moreover, Mr. Omufwoko was elected to sit as a Board Member representing the Kenya Water and Sanitation Civil […]

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 […]

HLPF 2018: Sanitation for Education and Health – An Integrated Approach to ...

(The article below was originally published with support from WSSCC by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, here) Presented by Water Supply and Sanitation Collaboration Council (WSSCC), State of Qatar (Qatar Fund for Development), Global Citizen, and Education Cannot Wait, this side event focused on sanitation as a key determinant of health and education. Panelists shared examples […]

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. […]

HLPF 2018: Putting menstrual health on the 2030 Agenda

On July 11, 2018 Simavi and WSSCC hosted a panel discussion during the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, about “Putting Menstrual Health on the 2030 Agenda.” This event was the 5th of a live webinar series related to menstrual health management and was attended by over 100 in person and online participants. The event […]

Qatar Fund for Development and WSSCC Join Together at High-Profile New York...

Mr. Ali Abdulla Al Dabbagh, Deputy Director General for Planning at the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), and Mr. Rolf Luyendijk, Executive Director of the UN-hosted Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), will speak to policy- and decision-makers in New York on Thursday, 12 July 2018, about the high returns that sanitation and hygiene […]

WSSCC, UN Women hold regional conference on reducing gender inequalities in...

UN Women and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) hold a regional conference on the reduction of gender inequalities in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector On 18 and 19 June, Dakar hosted the regional conference on the reduction of gender inequalities in the WASH sector. Over two days and coming from […]

Leave No One Behind: Sanitation is not a taboo – voices of young girls in S...

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 […]

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

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

#ToiletTalk! WSSCC’s World Toilet Day Tweet Chat Promotes Discussion of Wa...

Why is wastewater management crucial for sanitation? Follow the discussion in WSSCC’s World Water Day Tweet chat

On World Toilet Day, Human Waste Makes a Comeback

On World Toilet Day, WSSCC’s Executive Director Chris Williams reminds that our planet needs practical and alternative solutions to provide safe sanitation for all

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?’

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

Advancing Towards SDG 6.2: Global Sanitation Fund Monitoring Workshops

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

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

Awaken your Global Citizen!

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

Water Week Blog: Exploring the Circular Economy, CLTS and Solutions to Leav...

WSSCC’s Carolien van der Voorden reflects on World Water Week conversations in today’s blog

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

Research and Action: the WSSCC/UN Women Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene ...

Drawing your attention to the programmes’ documentation on sanitation behaviour practices in Senegal

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

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

Improving the Lives of Women and Girls: WSSCC’s work in Menstrual Hygiene M...

Managing menstruation in a safe and hygienic way can deeply impact the lives and prospects of women and girls

National Coordinators Promote Sanitation Through The Media

Our national coordinators are working with the media to promote sanitation and hygiene on national agendas

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

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.

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

#IWD2017 Podcast from WSSCC’s hygiene partner SCA: Hygiene matters to every...

The podcast encourages discussion on menstrual and feminine hygiene issues and the right to sanitation for women and girls.

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

Understanding slippage #5: How should it be monitored?

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

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.

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.

Catalytic programming for scale and sustainability

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

Understanding ‘slippage’

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

WSSCC draws attention to urban sanitation with side event at UN Habitat III

A panel of experts discussed equal access to sanitation and hygiene in public spaces.

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.

WSSCC and partners strengthen WASH commitments at World Water Week

WSSCC’s participation and partnerships at the conference reinforced the council’s achievements and commitments to the WASH sector.

Sustainability Forum in Uganda discusses a whole system approach to providi...

System approaches to ensure lasting WASH services were the highlight of this year’s WASH Sustainability Symposium.

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.

Championing Menstrual Hygiene Management at Women Deliver 2016

WSSCC and its partners actively promoted MHM at the Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen.

Achieving Gender Equality through WASH

Highlights from the side event at the 60th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York.

Scaling up and sustaining behaviour change

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

Discussion Synthesis: Private sector engagement in sanitation and hygiene –...

The WSSCC Community of Practice on Sanitation and Hygiene in Developing Countries (WSSCC CoP) and the global Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) came together in late September 2015 to hold a joint three-week thematic discussion on sanitation and hygiene behaviour change programming and sustainability. It was the first time the two networks had come together to […]

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.

Highlighting Effective Partnerships for Evaluation

On Tuesday, November 24th, WSSCC and 3ie hosted a discussion on how evaluation partnerships can be effective for achieving development impact, and for bridging the gap between evaluators and policymakers. Held as a side event at the Evaluation Conclave 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal, the event showcased the critical nature of multi-sectoral, multi-agency collaborations in the […]

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 […]

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment ...

Yaoundé, 2 November, 2015. The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) Cameroon in partnership with the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) will officially launch the results of a study on menstrual hygiene in Cameroon on Tuesday November 3, 2015 in Yaoundé. The study titled “Menstrual Hygiene […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Addis Ababa development finance talks will deliver “concrete” action, says ...

In the run-up to the International Conference on Financing for Development, the head of UNDESA has said that “concrete deliverables” will be the key outcome of the event.

From Stigma to Dignity Menstruation, Incontinence and other Blind Spots in ...

Arranged by SCA and WSSCC in connection with the Gothenburg Finale of the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race, with participation by Sida in support of Global efforts towards sustainable Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

SELON LE GSF, L’ASSAINISSEMENT ET L’HYGIÈNE ONT LARGEMENT PROGRESSÉ DANS 13...

Selon un nouveau rapport, le Fonds Mondial pour l’Assainissement (GSF) a soutenu les pouvoirs publics et des centaines de partenaires nationaux dans 13 pays s’étendant du Cambodge au Sénégal, pour permettre à 7 millions de personnes et plus de 20 500 communautés de mettre fin à la défécation à l’air libre. 

Global Sanitation Fund Progress Report 2014

In this report, you will find the main results for the Global Sanitation Fund as of 31 December 2014. Also presented are cumulative numerical results in a dashboard, for the GSF as a whole and for each country that has reached the implementation phase, and descriptions of the various results indicators. The country profiles provide more detail […]

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 Ethiopia

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

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.

UN Women and WSSCC Call for Global Action on Ending Menstruation Taboos and...

Studies reveal that women and girls lack access to clean water, private spaces for managing their menstruation, and functioning toilets.

Post-2015 WASH Targets & Indicators – Questions & Answers

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

The Great Aunt: WSSCC and SCA help Chinese girls to break menstrual taboos

The girls participated in an MHM training session organized by SCA and WSSCC through their public-private partnership on the issue.

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.

‘Access to water, sanitation and hygiene is more than a service, it is a hu...

WSSCC’s Programme Manager for Networking and Knowledge Management, Archana Patkar, has called upon water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) experts, policymakers, donors, academics and activists to treat access to WASH as a human right. She made the remarks during her keynote address at the WASH 2014 Conference – on the theme ‘WASH for everyone, everywhere’- that was held […]

Executive Director Chris Williams highlights 7 challenges and opportunities...

WSSCC Executive Director Christopher Williams was a key speaker on day one of the Thematic Debate on ‘Water, Sanitation, and Sustainable Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda’ convened in New York at UN Headquarters on 18-19 February 2014.  Dr. Williams highlighted 7 important areas that the international and national development communities must address in order to speed up progress on current and future water and sanitation goals and targets. 

 

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.”

Today is World Toilet Day

Today is World Toilet Day, a day set aside not simply as a celebration, but as a way to highlight the plight of 2.5 billion people without access to a clean, private toilet. “I give a shit, do you?” is theme of global awareness campaign.

GSF: taking a good thing and making it better

This week, more than 40 professionals involved in Global Sanitation Funded (GSF)-work in Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia are meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi, for the first full-scale “GSF Learning and Sharing Event.”

The STONE Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Water – Applications...

An exciting new £100,000 Prize scheme for the water sector: The Stone Prize for innovation and entrepreneurship in water was launched on 1 February 2012. The foundation wants to find and support exciting, new initiatives in the water sector that are innovative, sustainable and entrepreneurial.

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.

Professor Anna Tibaijuka takes over as WSSCC Chair

Professor Anna Tibaijuka takes over as WSSCC Chair

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.

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.”

Eng. Ebele Okeke joins forces with WSSCC as a WASH Ambassador

Eng. Ebele Ofunneamaka Okeke, CFR, the former Nigerian Head of the Civil Service, has joined forces with the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) to advocate for equity and dignity on behalf of the 2.6 billion people without a decent toilet to use and the nearly one billion without good quality drinking water close at hand.

Anna Tibaijuka to Chair WSSCC

The Steering Committee of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) today elected Professor Anna Tibaijuka, Former Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, as its new Chair.

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).

Now hear this: Radio and women take top honours in WASH Media competition

Four talented female journalists from Africa and Brazil –
– including three working primarily in radio — were announced today as winners of the
international WASH Media Awards competition for their excellence in reporting on water,
sanitation and hygiene issues.