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4 February 2016

WASH Alliance International granted to accelerate WASH in 2016

On December 15, Simavi, Akvo, Amref Flying Doctors, RAIN, WASTE, IRC, Wetlands, RUAF, Practica and ICCO received great news from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As the WASH Alliance International, we have been granted 6 million to continue our collaboration in 2016.

In this alliance, we work together with local NGOs, governments and businesses to make sure everyone  has sustainable access to water and sanitation. The WASH Alliance International is an international  consortium of over 100 partners worldwide.

Accelerating WASH

Together we want to achieve full coverage of water, sanitation and hygiene services for everyone in all our 8 countries by 2030. This requires a different mind set; rather than building infrastructure, we focus on WASH sector development and will put accelerating WASH in practice. Acceleration is focused at exponential growth of sustainable access to WASH. It is a way of thinking about scale and continuously reducing costs per person.

The way forward for WASH Alliance

We are looking forward to further support our  civil society organizations in Africa and Asia in implementing programmes that improve sustainable access to and use of safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene.

The grant by the Dutch government will be used to diversify our funding base and become internationally recognised, to continue learning and innovating together on WASH sector development and acceleration. At the same time this enables is to provide 160.000 people with sanitation and 140.000 with water in 2016.

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The WASH Alliance International, which unites over 100 organisations in 9 countries, will continue working together after the end of the programme in 2015. The main motivation for continuing our collaboration is our shared belief that together as an alliance, we can accelerate WASH and realise sustainable WASH services for everyone. Under the new name ‘WASH Alliance International’, we will put the slogan ‘Accelerating WASH’ into practice. Let’s hear what Eric Chimsi, former Country Coordinator Ghana, has to tell us about this ambitious new slogan.