Core to SNV’s WASH work is the understanding that water and sanitation is a human right, and that governments are the duty bearers responsible for the progressive realisation of this right. SNV works with national and local governments to develop in-country capacities and systems to meet water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) challenges in their own contexts, and to realise their respective SDG 6 commitments.
The global WASH challenges are immense: “2.1 billion people lack safe drinking water at home and more than twice as many lack safe sanitation” (WHO, 2017). But significant progress has also been made over the past ten years. With partners in government, private sector and civil society, we build on these shared experiences, and implement best practices in rural and urban WASH settings. Continuous evidence-based learning, with partners, on tangible issues, is the strategy to achieve that. As a result, we see partners progressively roll out more professionalised WASH services, supported by strong and inclusive governance systems, informed behavioural change interventions, and financially-viable and sustainable growth strategies.