In a world of 7.7 billion people, 2 billion lack access to adequate sanitation, of which 673 million have no choice but to defecate in the open. Most people without adequate sanitation live in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
Donor agencies, specialized organizations and governments do not invest enough in sanitation and hygiene. They often fail to recognize that such investments are strategic multipliers, or change agents for the host of ills described above. Yet, large-scale sanitation programme interventions are crucial to the economic development and future of these affected populations. Without proper sanitation, people cannot attain a proper education or avoid preventable disease, and their nutrition and health are impacted. Whilst the case for investing in sanitation and water is compelling, the sector remains neglected and under-funded. And the linked challenges are complex. Fresh water is a scarce resource and the costs of exploiting it and maintaining existing sanitation and water systems are increasing. Urbanization increases the complexity of technical, political and financial challenges of service delivery, especially in rapidly expanding slums and informal settlements.
The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council
is at the heart of a global movement to improve sanitation for everyone.
In collaboration with our thousands of members and partners, we give voice to the
most vulnerable and marginalized people, share knowledge that can empower
communities, foster coordination, and provide vital funding for national programmes.