Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Sustainable Development Goal 6 calls upon the world to ensure universal access to water and sanitation by 2030. Despite progress made under the MDGs, some 663 million people still have no access to an improved drinking water source, and a further 1.8 billion people use a water source that is contaminated by faeces. More than 2.4 billion people have no hygienic toilet. Many of these people are the hardest to reach, the most vulnerable, and the least empowered. Ensuring access for these people in the next 15 years will require substantially more than a ‘business as usual’ approach.

SNV’s WASH initiatives in both a rural and an urban context will provide access to improved drinking water services and/or improved sanitary facilities for 10 million people from 2016 to 2018. Our work improves environmental health by reducing pathways for disease transmission, enhancing nutrition - especially with regards to stunting in children, and reducing both untreated human waste and wastewater.

Long-term sustainability lies at the core of our work. We strengthen public governance around water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, support institutional changes and capacity, develop financially viable services, and improve asset management of existing WASH infrastructure. This includes strengthening the roles of civil society and the private sector in advocacy and operation, as well as promoting sector and stakeholder dialogue and reflection about changing needs and standards in the light of increasing urbanisation and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

SNV provides expertise to work towards universal coverage through four distinct product areas:

Please click on each of the product areas for more information and related programmes.


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