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Re: New Global Sanitation Fund Progress Report released

WSSCC’s new Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) Progress Report shows that GSF’s support to governments and partners across 13 countries has enabled 15 million people to end open defecation, since the Fund's launch in 2008. Other cumulative results include 12.8 million people with access to improved toilets, and 20 million with access to handwashing facilities.

As WSSCC’s funding arm, GSF strives for universal access to sustainable and equitable sanitation and hygiene, as called for in the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more: bit.ly/2sm9MyG / Download the report in English or French: bit.ly/2t0wcas



Sustaining results:
GSF has placed, and continues to place, considerable efforts on understanding and addressing the conditions that can shape or affect the sustainability of programme results.

In 2016, GSF published a reflection paper on slippage and sustainability , sharing substantial evidence from Madagascar and other supported countries. A paper on catalytic programming for scale and sustainability was also published, which was the result of a global GSF Learning Event and compiled key learning from all GSF-supported programmes. In addition, strategies, approaches and tools have been developed and refined across GSF-supported programmes, to drive scale and sustainability. For example, the Madagascar programme developed Follow-up MANDONA , which helps communities rapidly achieve and sustain ODF status. In Nepal, a sustainability survey was conducted, and building on the study's methodology, GSF began working with the University at Buffalo to develop a standardized outcome survey methodology.
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Re: WSSCC Releases New Global Sanitation Fund Equality and Non-Discrimination Study

A new Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) study assesses its Global Sanitation Fund's (GSF) approach to equality and non-discrimination (EQND).

The study reveals that many people who may be considered disadvantaged have benefited positively from GSF-supported programmes, particularly in open defecation free verified areas. In addition, a range of positive outcomes and impacts related to empowerment, safety, convenience, ease of use, self-esteem, health, dignity, an improved environment and income generation were reported by people who may be considered disadvantaged.

However, the study finds that GSF has not yet systematically integrated EQND throughout the programme cycle. Across all countries, there are people who have either fallen through the net or whose lives have become more difficult after being unduly pressured, or after taking out loans and selling assets to build toilets. More proactive attention is needed throughout the programme cycle to build on current successes and ensure that people are not left behind or harmed through the actions or omissions of supported programmes.

GSF is in the process of putting the study’s recommendations into practice through revised guidelines, minimum standards and practical tools.

Download the full study, as well as a summarized version with GSF reflections, and annexes: bit.ly/2v5uZz6

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Re: Water Week Blog: Exploring the Circular Economy, CLTS Opportunities & Solutions to Leave No One Behind

Last week, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) was an active participant at the World Water Week in Stockholm. In a new blog on the event, WSSCC's Carolien van der Voorden reflects on conversations around sanitation and the circular economy, the CLTS journey and opportunities ahead, equality and non-discrimination and the role of civil society.

Read her blog here: bit.ly/2f27il0

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Re: Equality and Non-Discrimination in Sanitation Programmes: 10 Principles

How can water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practitioners ensure that people who may be disadvantaged benefit effectively from sanitation programmes? Ten principles, generated through WSSCC-supported learning and research, can help drive equality and non-discrimination forward.



  1. Recognize differences across all communities and look for those who might be excluded from the programme. Start to wear ‘glasses’ with lenses that allow you to see people who might be disadvantaged as part of the whole community.

  2. Adhere to the ‘do no harm’ concept to ensure that people do not become worse off as a result of the programme’s actions. Always listen to the voices of disadvantaged people, ensure people’s right to privacy, train partners on EQND issues, monitor and evaluate activities, and insure information is accessible to all.

  3. Respect all members of the community and ensure their dignity, even if you don’t agree with a person’s lifestyle.

  4. Consider the identification of disadvantage as a process rather than a one-off activity – use every contact with the community to consider if some people might be excluded, in what way, and what can be done about it.

  5. Consider how those who are potentially disadvantaged can be actively involved throughout the process (e.g. as Natural Leaders or committee members) and benefit from the outputs (e.g. the use of facilities and skills training).

  6. Encourage people to undertake tasks themselves wherever possible, to boost empowerment and self-confidence; but also recognize where external support is required, whether from the community or external to the community, ensuring that people who are disadvantaged are not put under unnecessary levels of stress and pressure.

  7. Be conscious about the power dynamics between community members and aware that some groups are deliberately excluded and marginalized by communities.

  8. External support should be provided transparently and should identify ways to enable community members to be involved in decision making on how it should be used.

  9. Collaborate with local organizations representing those who are disadvantaged and seek their advice and engagement with the programme.

  10. Continue to learn and build on experiences as to how best to include and benefit from the skills and knowledge of people who may be disadvantaged, and share this knowledge with others.

More information on these and other principles, as well as good EQND practices, can be found in the following publications: Scoping and Diagnosis of the Global Sanitation Fund’s Approach to Equality and Non-Discrimination and Equality and non-discrimination (EQND) in sanitation programmes at scale
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