Access to clean water and safe sanitation services is essential for public health and well-being, and for the environment. Improved water supply and sanitation practices reduce the risk of disease, affecting the productivity and income of millions of rural families. Climate change and population growth make such improvements even more urgent.

SNV aims to tackle these challenges through comprehensive approaches that focus on equitable and sustainable access to rural water, sanitation and hygiene. 

Sanitation & Hygiene
SNV’s experience working on sanitation and hygiene programmes in different countries and contexts has shown that strategies such as demand creation and sanitation marketing need to be embedded in longer-term processes that develop sustainable service delivery models at scale. Designed to address this need, SNV’s Sustainable Sanitation & Hygiene for All (SSH4A) product is essentially a capacity building approach, supporting local governments to lead and accelerate progress towards district-wide sanitation coverage with a focus on institutional sustainability and learning.

Water Supply
Globally, water coverage in rural areas is purported to have reached 84%, but some 30-40% of this infrastructure is no longer functioning as designed. Reasons for non-functioning systems are many-fold and include new threats such as climate change, migration and water resource competition, coupled with older problems such as management challenges, sector fragmentation, low construction quality, inexistent supply chains, poor targeting and weak post-construction support. Through our Functionality of Rural Water Supply Services (FRWSS) product we seek to address issues around the reliability of water supply, the sustainability of water systems, the affordability of services, and equitable access to water for all. We recognise that in addition to improving the construction of water systems, institutional reform and innovative management models are critical to ensuring the sustainability of water supply.

We run rural WASH programmes across Africa, Asia and Latin America with funding from a range of international donors, including USAID, the Dutch Ministry of Affairs, UK DFID, UNICEF, Akvo and DFAT. Our approaches are scalable and adaptable in order to address the diverse and context specific needs of rural communities.

Antoinette Kome

Global Sector Coordinator - WASH

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