Water, sanitation and hygiene initiatives

Overview

Australia works with a range of partner governments, non government organisations, the private sector and multilateral organisations to improve access to clean water, basic sanitation and improved hygiene behaviours in urban, peri-urban and rural areas, including through the initiatives described below.

Civil Society, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Fund

$103.3 million (estimated), 2011/12-2017/18

The Australian Civil Society WASH Fund supports thirteen civil society organisations (CSOs) to deliver WASH programs in the Pacific, Asia and Africa to 2018. In addition to the CSO competitive grants program, the Fund supports research, innovation and impact grants, fund management, monitoring and evaluation processes and knowledge and learning events. It builds on the achievements and lessons learned from the first iteration of the Fund, which operated from 2009-11 and provided access to basic sanitation for 782,000 people and access to safe water for 564,000 people. The first Fund also resulted in 77,000 additional households and schools now practicing hand-washing.

The objective of the WASH Fund is to enhance the health and quality of life of the poor and vulnerable by improving sustainable access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. The Fund is expected to provide direct benefits to 3.5 million people in target populations as well as indirect benefits to over 10 million people. Over 1 million additional people will have access to improved drinking water, over 1.7 million additional people will have access to improved toilets and over 2.2 million additional people will have better knowledge of hygiene practices. In addition to delivering water, sanitation and hygiene activities, each successful CSO will contribute to the evidence base on effective practice in WASH. CSOs monitor and report on the cost effectiveness of WASH approaches, the success factors and risks associated with innovative approaches, and lessons learned from taking proven interventions to scale.

CS WASH Fund grantees, timeframes and project locations

CS WASH Fund – CSO grantees

Agreement dates

Project location/s

Australian Red Cross (ARC)

1 May 2014 – 30 June 2018

Bangladesh

Nepal

Lesotho

Concern Universal

 

1 May 2014 – 30 June 2018

 

Malawi

Habitat for Humanity (HfH)

1 May 2014 – 30 June 2018

Bangladesh

International Development Enterprises (iDE)

1 May 2014 – 30 June 2018

Cambodia

Vietnam

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

12 August 2013 – 31 October 2017

Pakistan

Live & Learn Environmental Education (LLEE)

1 May 2014 – 30 June 2018

Fiji

Papua New Guinea

Solomon Islands

Vanuatu

Plan International Australia (Plan)

12 August 2013 – 31 October 2017

Indonesia

Vietnam

Pakistan

Malawi

Save the Children Australia (SCA)

1 May 2014 – 30 June 2018

Myanmar

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV)

 

1 May 2014 – 30 June 2018

Bhutan

Nepal

Thrive Networks

12 August 2013 – 31 October 2017*

Vietnam

Cambodia

Laos

WaterAid Australia

12 August 2013 – 31 October 2017

Papua New Guinea

Timor-Leste

Mozambique

Welthungerhilfe (WHH)

12 August 2013 – 31 October 2017

Zimbabwe

World Vision Australia (WVA)

1 May 2014 – 30 June 2018

Sri Lanka

Papua New Guinea

Zimbabwe

* Thrive Networks’ project in Laos runs from 1 May 2014 to 30 June 2018.

The CS WASH Fund website provides additional information on the Fund. It especially supports knowledge and learning components of the Fund, promoting shared learning between Fund partners and with the broader WASH community.

Related documents*

Name of document

Year published

Type

Competitive grants program guidelines

2012

Grant guidelines

Addendums and Annexes to the Civic Society Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Fund Guidelines

2012

Project summaries

Detailed design report for the fund

2012

Design

Knowledge and Learning Component - Annex D to the Design

2012

Design

Fund Performance Assessment Framework

2012

Monitoring and evaluation framework

Water and Sanitation Initiative Global Program

Up to $67 million (estimated), 2011/12-2016/17

The Water and Sanitation Initiative (WSI) Global Program aims to address strategic gaps in WASH sector programs in countries by providing funding for complementary global WASH partnerships with key multilateral organisations. The three objectives of the program are:

  1. promoting policy and regulatory reform and building capacity to deliver sustainable services
  2. supporting country programs and expanding the reach of Australia’s WASH funding
  3. improving analysis, research and the knowledge base in the WASH sector, and promoting cross–country learning.

Multilateral partners include the:

  • World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program (WSP)—a multi-donor partnership administered by the World Bank to support poor people in obtaining affordable, safe and sustainable access to water and sanitation services. WSP works with country client governments to strengthen national policy, coordination, institutional development and service delivery options. It also advises on global trends that may improve the delivery of water and sanitation services and hygiene promotion.
  • Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council—aims to accelerate the achievement of sustainable sanitation, hygiene and water services for all, with special attention to the poor, by enhancing collaboration and coordination of all sector stakeholders. The WSSCC undertakes knowledge management and advocacy at the global and national level and is a lead agency for global sanitation programming.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) Water Quality Partnership for Health—This partnership was established to strengthen country capacity in water safety planning, as a method for providing the safest drinking water possible and preventing diarrhoea and other water–borne diseases. The activities of this partnership directly improve water quality.
  • UNICEF-WHO Joint Monitoring Program (JMP)—The mission of the JMP is to be the trusted source of global, regional and national data on sustainable access to safe drinking-water and basic sanitation, for use by governments, donors, international organizations and civil society.
  • Sanitation and Water for All Partnership—is a global partnership between more than 90 developing countries, donors, multilateral agencies, civil society and the private sector, with an immediate focus on achieving MDG 7c (to halve the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015) in the most off-track countries. SWA supports a biannual high level meeting that aims to gain ministerial agreement on actions and sector funding at global and national levels.

Future funding support to each partner will depend on annual DFAT budget processes.

Related documents*

Name of document

Year published

Type

Water and Sanitation Initiative Global Program: Independent Mid-Term Evaluation and management response

2014

Mid-Term Evaluation

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – Global Programs and Cross-Regional Support: Concept Note

2012

Concept

Infrastructure Partnerships Program (IPP) and the Water and Sanitation Initiative (WSI) Global Program: Independent Evaluation

2012

Evaluation

Related links

* The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is committed to high standards of transparency and accountability in the management of the Australian aid program through publishing information on our website, including policies, plans, results, evaluations and research. Our practice is to publish documents after the partner government and any other partners directly involved in the delivery of the initiative have been consulted. Not all material published on this site is created by the Australian aid program and therefore not all documents reflect our views. In limited circumstances some information may be withheld for reasons including privacy and commercial sensitivity.



Last Updated: 21 October 2015