The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council 

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) works to improve access for the 2.5 billion people without safe sanitation and the 884 million people without clean drinking water.

As a global partnership and membership organization, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaboration Council (WSSCC) enhances collaboration among agencies and professionals in the water and sanitation sector.

On their way from clean toilets: Little Angels Primary School in Uganda
On their way from clean toilets, Little Angels Primary School in Uganda.
Photo by the WSSCC

Through its work, WSSCC contributes to the broader goals of poverty eradication, health and environmental improvement, gender equality and long-term social and economic development. WSSCC supports national coalitions in 35 countries and members in more than 160 countries.

Through its three programme areas, Networking and Knowledge Management, Advocacy & Communications and the Global Sanitation Fund, WSSCC is at the forefront of knowledge, debate and influence on water, sanitation and hygiene.

UNOPS Services

UNOPS acts as administrative and legal host for the Geneva-based WSSCC secretariat. UNOPS in Switzerland provides services such as financial management, procurement, and human resources and personnel management to WSSCC. UNOPS also provides grant management services for WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund.

Networking and Knowledge Management

The Networking and Knowledge Management department works with the organization’s national Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) coalitions to help share best practice across the sector.

In 2010, the department provided financial support to 16 national WASH coalitions in order to build their capacity to: provide local support for global events such as Global Handwashing Day, carry out national advocacy, reach out to local media and produce sector-specific studies.

The department also identifies emerging WASH topics and prioritizes them for WSSCC work. Additionally, it provides training sessions, meetings, workshops and knowledge tools to coalition members and sector professionals.

Advocacy and Communications

WASH campaign
A WASH Campaign poster

The Advocacy and Communications department works to inform and influence key stakeholders such as finance ministers and journalists.

The main WSSCC advocacy activity is the Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All (WASH) Campaign which aims to raise public and political awareness of inadequate sanitation services, healthy hygiene practices, and safe water supplies.

The department campaigns for the visibility of WSSCC reports in mainstream press outlets, including the Financial Times and The Guardian, raising awareness about the sector.

It also produces campaign materials including posters, flyers and stickers with strong messages supporting water, sanitation and hygiene awareness initiatives both globally and in national campaigns.

The Global Sanitation Fund

The Global Sanitation Fund designs and implements grant programmes that promote the demand for effective sanitation where it is needed most. The Fund provides resources to recipient countries, stimulating demand for and access to improved sanitation and hygiene, and inducing hygiene behavior change.

The Global Sanitation Fund is international in scope, but works at the national level in order to use and direct its resources effectively. The 17 countries that are currently approved for funding are Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda.

The Global Sanitation Fund works together with national governments to form a Coordinating Mechanism of national sector experts to ensure that work supported by the fund is consistent with national policies and the activities of the national WASH coalitions. A local Executing Agency, procured by WSSCC via UNOPS, receives the grant and manages the funded programme in the country.

The Executing Agency then selects, supervises, and supports the sub-grantees who directly implement these programmes. Country Programme Monitors, independently appointed by the Global Sanitation Fund, verify and report on the work of Executing Agencies to WSSCC.