€59 million to the WASH SDG Consortium to achieve sustainable WASH for all

€59 million to the WASH SDG Consortium to achieve sustainable WASH for all

The Hague, 3 July 2017 – The WASH SDG Consortium (WASH Alliance International (WAI)Plan Netherlands and SNV) have been granted €59 million by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to deliver sustainable access to improved sanitation and hygiene and safe drinking water to 2 million and 450,000 people respectively, over a 5-year period.

This is part of the strategy of the Dutch Government to contribute to achieving universal access to water and sanitation services by 2030 in line with the SDGs. During the Global Citizen Earth Day celebrations in April 2015 the minister for foreign trade and development cooperation Lilianne Ploumen announced the commitment to contribute to safe water and clean toilets for 30 million and 50 million people, respectively.

The WASH SDG Programme will be implemented in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nepal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, all countries with significant numbers of people with limited access to WASH services, either in rural areas or living in densely populated areas with rapid urbanisation and deteriorating water security.

Ariette Brouwer, managing director of Simavi (consortium lead): “I am delighted that we have brought together so much Dutch knowledge to tackle the water and sanitation issues underprivileged communities are facing. Together with our partners in the WASH SDG Consortium we aim to reach an improved WASH situation for all following the SDG goal of leaving no one behind. This includes the hard to reach households, poorest of the poor and those in remote areas, and both men and women.”

The WASH SDG Consortium will ensure that facilities and services are sustainable, climate resilient, gender sensitive and socially inclusive. The Consortium also commits to ensuring that for every euro invested, one euro is contributed locally, through for instance investments by local households and governments, aligning the programme with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs WASH policy 2016-2030 Contributing to water, sanitation and hygiene for all, forever.

copyright: Mona van den Berg / Simavi

copyright: Mona van den Berg / Simavi

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The WASH Alliance International is a multi-national network of over 100 partners worldwide. We work together with local NGOs, governments and businesses to make sure everybody on this planet has sustainable access to water and sanitation. We envision a world where all people have access to sustainable and affordable water and sanitation services. This is a world where all people can live under hygienic living conditions to improve their health, dignity and economic living standard.

Plan Netherlands

Plan Netherlands is an independent development and humanitarian organization dedicated to creating equal opportunities and rights for girls and boys in developing countries, by structurally fighting poverty and lifting the disadvantageous position of girls and young women. Plan International Netherlands is part of Plan International founded almost 80 years ago, and is active in over 70 countries across the world.