WSSCC Executive Director
The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is a global, multi-stakeholder membership and partnership organization that works with poor people, organizations, governments and local entrepreneurs to improve sanitation and hygiene at scale.
Our Vision is “A world in which everyone, everywhere is able to practice safe sanitation and hygiene with dignity.”
Our Mission is “To enable all people and especially women, girls and those living in vulnerable situations to practice the
right to sanitation and hygiene across the course of their lives with dignity and safety.”
Founded in 1990, WSSCC’s work contributes to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6, target 2, with far-reaching impacts on related SDG targets for health, education, women’s empowerment, reducing inequality, improved urban spaces and climate change mitigation.
WSSCC facilitates sector coordination at national, regional and global levels, and engages rights holders and duty bearers to adopt policy guidelines on menstrual hygiene and disability.
WSSCC also supports national sanitation and hygiene improvement programmes through its Global Sanitation Fund (GSF), coordinates knowledge platforms, and advocates on behalf of the 2.3 billion people without access to improved sanitation across the globe.
The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is the legal and administrative host of WSSCC.
Core to our mandate are equality and non-discrimination. WSSCC programmes and partnerships address gender inequality, disability and social exclusion in the WASH sector, and beyond. Specific attention goes to the needs of women and adolescent girls.
Menstrual hygiene management is a key part of our portfolio, aiming at breaking the taboo around menstruation globally while ensuring change in national policies.
WSSCC believes that every person, everywhere, has a right to quality sanitation. By helping to make that right a reality, WSSCC is transforming the lives of millions of people worldwide.
The WSSCC Community
The WSSCC community is a diverse group of professionals around the world who work actively on behalf of the 2.3 billion people without access to safe sanitation and hygiene and the 892 million of them who must resort to open defecation. In addition to our members in 141 countries, and many partner organizations, the WSSCC community includes staff based in Geneva, volunteer National Coordinators, Global Sanitation Fund programme managers, a democratically elected Steering Committee and bi-lateral donor partners. Mr. Rolf Luyendijk is the Executive Director of WSSCC.