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Emma Mbalame from the Government of Malawi speaks at the third Sanitation and Water for All Partnership Meeting. Credit: SWA

This blog was written by Virginia Kamowa, Senior Programme Officer for Global Advocacy at WSSCC. For feedback and questions, please send an e-mail to WSSCC and its partners explored ways to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and boost government commitment to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) financing at a recent Sanitation and Water […]

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.


Global Sanitation Fund Progress Report 2013

Global Sanitation Fund
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 than 2.7 million people with improved forms of sanitation. This progress report presents the on-going results of GSF programme implementation.Fonds Mondial pour l’Assainissement - Rapport d’avancement 2013 - En 2013, le Fonds Mondial pour l’Assainissement (GSF) a contribué directement aux actions menées pour éradiquer la défécation a l’air libre, accroitre l’usage des installations sanitaires améliorées et renforcer les pratiques hygiène. Grace au financement par le GSF de programmes a grande échelle dans 11 pays d’Afrique et d’Asie, plus de 3,7 millions de personnes vivent dans des environnements exempts de défécation a l’air libre (FDAL) et plus de 2,7 millions de personnes ont accès a des structures d’assainissement améliorées.

Public Funding for Sanitation – The many faces of sanitation subs...

Sanitation is one of the most significant development challenges of our time. Over 700 million Indians are forced to defecate in the open, and in Africa the number of people without sanitation has actually grown in the past decade. There is little doubt that better financing is required, along with better ways of spending the money, addressing what really needs to be done. This distinct lack of funds means a clear understanding of the entire pattern of public financial assistance and subsidies available is crucial. In a response to requests from National WASH Coalitions, WSSCC compiled this resource for all those who work in sanitation and seek sustainable and effective strategies for delivering sanitation to those who need it most. Pulling together the latest thinking and knowledge on sanitation financing, this primer aims to clarify the terminology and language used in the debate about public financing of sanitation and subsidies in particular.En réponse aux demandes de Coalitions nationales WASH, nous avons compilé des réflexions et connaissances sur le financement de l’assainissement et nous nous sommes particulièrement consacrés au sujet parfois brûlant des subventions destinées à l’assainissement. Ce manuel d’introduction a pour objectif d’aider le lecteur à comprendre le débat mondial sur les subventions et le financement de l’assainissement, et de fournir quelques conseils sur la manière de sélectionner les systèmes de financement les plus appropriés dans différentes situations. En outre, il vise à clarifier la terminologie et le langage utilisés dans le débat sur le financement public de l’assainissement et des subventions en particulier. Ce document aborde la fourniture de l’assainissement de base dans des contextes ruraux et urbains, et traite donc de la prise en compte du financement de l’assainissement local et d’un réseau d’évacuation des égouts dans des zones urbaines.

Making Every Drop Count – Financing WASH in Ethiopia

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

Making Every Drop Count – Financing WASH in Sierra Leone

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