Project: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nepal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, 2017 — 2022

Sustainably improve access to, and use of, safe drinking water for at least 450,000 people, sanitation for at least 2 million people and improve the hygiene behaviours of 1,6 million people before the end of 2022.

Esther from Uganda

About the Netherlands Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Sustainable Development Goal (WASH SDG) programme

The programme responds to the Dutch government commitment to contribute to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6; reaching an improved WASH situation for all by 2030. We are proud to be in the lead of this important programme. The WASH SDG programma aims to reach an improved WASH situation for all. Because:


More than 2 billion people live without access to safe water and 3.6 billion people live without safely managed sanitation

1 in 4 people still do not have basic sanitation facilities such as toilets or latrines

Of these, 892 million still defecate in the open, for example in street gutters, behind bushes or into open bodies of water

Impact of the programme

The programme is implemented in seven countries. The WASH SDG programme is built on three key objectives:

  1. increased demand for improved WASH facilities and practices through improved behaviour change interventions;
  2. improved quality of service provision leading to increased availability and affordability of WASH products and services which contributes to sustainable and equitable access to WASH;
  3. strengthened WASH governance and institutional framework in the sector, leading to governments enabling efficient and effective delivery of inclusive and sustainable WASH services which contributes to sustainable and equitable access to WASH.

Within these objectives we focus specifically on gender equality and social inclusion as well as climate vulnerability and resilience.

Contributing to sustainable development goal (SDG):

  • SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation - Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
Head teacher, Mukasa Flourish, of Ajali-Anyena primary school in Uganda: “After the cost recovery plan (CRP) training, we were able to raise funds to empty our latrine. We were also able to connect piped water into the school.”

WASH SDG Programme - Approach

The Consortium defined a number of complimentary approaches for the programme to try and deliver sustainable and resilient WASH interventions. They are based on the understanding of the multi-dimensional nature of access to, and use of, safe drinking water, sanitation services and related hygiene behaviours.

Please find more information on the programme on the WASH Alliance website.

Consortium budget: €59,000,000, Simavi budget: €26,172,000, Duration: 5 years, LocationBangladesh, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nepal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, Role Simavi: Consortium lead


The programme consortium consists of three partners joining forces to implement the programme: the WASH Alliance International (WAI), SNV, Plan International Netherlands. And, work with many local implementing partners as listed below.

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Esther Oeganda

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