The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is at the heart of a global movement to improve sanitation and hygiene for everyone. WSSCC is the only part of the United Nations devoted solely to the sanitation and hygiene needs of the most vulnerable people around the world. Through a collaborative approach which has spanned 25 years, we have harnessed the energy and expertise of communities, NGOs, governments, international organizations and the private sector. Together with thousands of members in 150 countries, the Geneva-based Secretariat advocates for change and facilitates local solutions for the millions of people who lack access to good sanitation and hygiene.
- Business Type:
- Non-governmental organization (NGO)
- Industry Type:
- Water and Wastewater - Water Utilities
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
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In developing countries, we support national coalitions working to accelerate action on sanitation, hygiene, and safe water among all actors. We work directly with government agencies to strengthen national sanitation programs, and we help ensure that government policies promote equal access to sanitation for women, girls, and marginalized groups.
In the global arena, our cutting-edge awareness campaigns and policy analysis help make the case for community-led sanitation and hygiene as a top development priority.
The Global Sanitation Fund
Through our Global Sanitation Fund – the world’s first and only fund dedicated to improving sanitation and hygiene – we provide vital funding for community-based, publicly-supported and commercially-operated programmes, reaching millions of people.
The Global Sanitation Fund empowers people to make informed decisions to change their sanitation and hygiene situation, and therefore choosing a healthier and more productive life for themselves and their children.
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 2.5 billion people without access to safe sanitation and hygiene and the 1 billion of them who must resort to open defecation. In addition to our members in 150 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. You can see them below.