The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is a United Nations-hosted partnership and membership organization founded in 1990 whose vision is a world in which everyone, everywhere is able to practice safe sanitation and hygiene with dignity. WSSCC contributes to national, regional and global efforts to improve sanitation and hygiene in ways that accelerate women’s empowerment, education, health and other positive human development outcomes. WSSCC focuses particularly on poor and vulnerable people and works mainly in support of governments and their citizens in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia, where the sanitation and hygiene needs are the greatest. WSSCC’s work supports direct implementation programmes that deliver sanitation and hygiene improvements at scale. It also drives policy advocacy, evidence collection, national coordination and knowledge sharing to engender sanitation and hygiene services that are inclusive and promote equality and non-discrimination.
WSSCC spent the 1990s providing much-needed thematic networking and knowledge building around Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). In the 2000s, WSSCC concentrated on advocacy and support of a nascent network of WASH coalitions in developing countries and put together a membership base. A new strategy in 2007 turned WSSCC’s focus to sanitation and hygiene – left behind issues in the MDG era. In the 2010s, this shift saw sanitation and hygiene programmes supported by the Global Sanitation Fund successfully enable 15 million people to end open defecation and influenced others to adopt similar approaches. WSSCC also spearheaded a growing international movement to ‘leave no one behind’ by advocating for better policies and practices that benefitted women and girls, the elderly, the disabled, LGBTQ communities, and others. WSSCC is now poised to help the countries where it is active to achieve universal coverage not only for sanitation and hygiene, but also for education, health and more. In all of this, WSSCC recognizes the leadership and ownership of national and local governments in planning and implementing an SDG agenda that works for them.
Between 2017 and 2020, WSSCC will
- Increase its emphasis on establishing sanitation and hygiene policies and practices that leave no one behind, with continued commitment to promote equality for poor, marginalized and vulnerable people, and specific attention to empowering women and girls through, for example, improved menstrual hygiene management
- Support partners to achieve their targets not only for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.2, but also to promote sanitation and hygiene to advance other related SDGs such as health, education, nutrition, women’s empowerment, poverty reduction, climate change mitigation, urbanization and others
- Expand its role as a partner with governments, organizations and private companies to promote sanitation and hygiene in ways that are country-led, country-owned and that bring about positive health, education and livelihood outcomes
- Continue its role as convenor at all levels. WSSCC will continue to support the global WASH agenda to minimise fragmentation, while advocating for country-owned policy outcomes and enabling environments, and at the same time ensure that governments, local communities and individuals are empowered to improve their own sanitation situations
- Facilitate evidence-based learning, particularly with in-country and South-to-South exchange, and leverage opportunities for learning
- Through its Global Sanitation Fund, continue to develop effective large-scale sanitation and hygiene models that deliver equitable and sustainable sanitation and hygiene access for millions of people, that ensure use and maintenance, and maximize value for money
- Expand its work to assist the poorest and most vulnerable in newly urban areas, and in areas impacted by climate change
- Upgrade technical and capacity development support to its members and partners to maximize outcomes. This includes continued support to monitoring and evaluation