WASH Alliance International (WAI)

Safe water and hygienic living conditions are essential for human health and livelihoods. However, worldwide access to good quality water is unequal, and poor people live in increasingly unhealthy environments causing ill health, economic loss and political tension.

Despite considerable progress in some countries, 663 million people still lack access to improved water sources, while 2.4 billion have no access to adequate sanitation. The main causes are lack of good governance, both public and private, and no effective political voice for the poor: water and sanitation are not political priorities, citizens’ rights are violated, investments are badly targeted and technology choices are often inappropriate. Lack of local ownership leads to bad maintenance and dysfunctional infrastructures. The private sector could improve the situation, but it isn’t yet geared to successfully service the potentially large market for water and sanitation. To complicate matters, organisations often work in parallel, instead of combining efforts and expertise.

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Overall objective

In 2016 the WAI’s  main objective will be to strengthen our position as an innovative player in the international WASH Sector, focusing on sustainability and acceleration.

Specific objectives

  1. Diversify and expand our funding base, both internationally and in the countries.
  2. Provision of safe water to an additional 140,000 people and improved sanitation to an additional 160.000 people against €18,- per person.
  3. Learn and innovate on sustainability and acceleration.

The full alliance will learn and innovate in 5 areas:

  1. Sustainability
  2. Acceleration
  3. Innovation on Finance
  4. Innovation on the Environmental Approach and Climate Change
  5. Gender and Social Inclusion
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The WASH Alliance International (WAI) is a multi-national consortium of over 100 partners worldwide. We are working together with local NGOs, governments and businesses to make sure everybody on this planet has sustainable access to water and sanitation and can make use of it.

WAI 2016 programme is a follow up from the WASH Alliance 2011 – 2015 programme. The results of our 2011 – 2015 programme show that the Alliance approach is working: we are reaching more people, against declining costs. WAI 2016 allows us to continue our work and reach more people for less.

In Africa we run programmes in Ghana, Mali, Benin, Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya. In Asia, we work in Nepal and Bangladesh. In these countries we set up local alliances that enable us to optimally make use of local knowledge and networks and tap into existing WASH structures.

To realise sustainable access to WASH services for all, we need to drastically change the way we approach this challenge. We contribute to a shift from implementing towards a sustainable WASH sector development approach. This approach will not only sustain after our programmes stop, it will also accelerate and be able to meet the needs of a growing population.

In the countries in which we are active, we therefore work on changing mindsets and creating systems for sustainable and affordable WASH services that create structural change and can accelerate. This is the only way to adapt to fast population growth and urbanisation.

We identified five key areas of sustainability that need to be addressed in order to achieve structural impact: Financial, Institutional, Environmental, Technological and Social sustainability. We call this our FIETS sustainability approach.

WAI 2016 programme is a follow up from the WASH Alliance 2011 – 2015 programme. The results of our 2011 – 2015 programme show that the Alliance approach is working: we are reaching more people, against declining costs. WAI 2016 allows us to continue our work and reach more people for less.

The DWA collaborates with six thematic partners in the North and a broad group of Southern and Northern civil society organisations (CSOs) on implementing integrated WASH programmes. In total, the DWA currently works with almost seventy southern partners in eight countries: Bangladesh, Nepal, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Mali, and Ethiopia.

To implement its coordinated water, sanitation and hygiene programme, the members of the WAI work with their country programme partners in a multi-stakeholder approach. This involves stakeholders from civil society and the private and public sectors: building civil society up from community level up to local, national and international level, strengthening CSOs and key stakeholders as well as the networks that link them.

This broad cooperation offers unique added value and covers the entire WASH chain, from water supply to sanitation and hygiene promotion, on community to international level.

Simavi’s activities

Simavi supports civil society organisations in seven (out of the eight selected) developing countries in Africa and Asia in implementing programmes that improve sustainable access to and use of safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene. Activities include:

  • Community empowerment through facilitation and training of community interest groups to ensure inclusiveness of the whole community;
  • Awareness raising and demand creation activities on hygiene and sanitation in communities;
  • Setting up coordination structures for WASH sector parties, like small scale entrepreneurs, local government and communities, to discuss problems and monitor progress;
  • Training local NGOs on social accountability tools for local and national advocacy;
  • Linking small scale private sector companies and entrepreneurs and communities to financial institutes for access to credit;
  • Training small scale private sector to provide better services to the intended users.

DWA seeks to ensure that all relevant stakeholders have the capacity to perform well, leading to improved access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation and hygienic living conditions. By implementing the FIETS sustainability principles and multi stakeholder approach, DWA strives for a ‘systems change and scale’, where civil society, public and private sector all play their roles in providing sustainable access to WASH services, without any international development cooperation subsidies.

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In 2015, Simavi has focused on implementing its Theory of Change within the WAI programme as well. That means, we simultaneously worked on the three pillars of our Theory of Change.

Several key outcome and output indicators that WAItracked with its partners, and to which Simavi contributed in 2015, were:

Empowered communities

  • 168,325 people (target: 358,521) reached directly with education on WASH;
  • 15,844,393 people (target: 5,841,639) people reached through mass media.

Enabling environment

  • 1,521 people (target: 1,327) people who learned about social accountability or trained on policy influencing;
  • 62 times (target: 15) a social accountability tool is applied;
  • 1,307 representatives (target: 139) at advocacy meetings.

Sustainable services

  • 587 health workers (target: 239) trained.

You can find a complete programme results overview of 2015 here.

Situation Approach Result

Programme information

  • Simavi Budget

    € 2,978,987

  • Overal Budget

    € 6 million

  • 1 years

  • Location

    Simavi implements this programme in the following countries:

    Bangladesh: Southwestern area;
    Ghana: Tamale region;
    Kenya: Kajiado region;
    Nepal: Western region;
    Uganda: Rwenzori region.

  • Target groups

    1) Marginalised people in the selected developing countries, with a special emphasis on women and marginalised groups, who lack access to, and use of, safe drinking water, improved sanitation and hygienic living conditions. 2) Local programme partners and public and private stakeholders, whose capacities are enhanced to build up a strong Civil Society.

  • Alliance partners

    WASH Alliance International: Amref Flying Doctors, Akvo, RAIN Foundation, WASTE, IRC, Wetlands and Simavi.

  • Implementing partners

    Bangladesh: Water Aid Bangladesh, UTTARAN, DORP, AOSED, SLOPBD;
    Ethiopia: Water Aid Ethiopia;
    Ghana: INTAGRAD, New Energy (with AFORD, GYAM, Presby Water, Simli Aid);
    Kenya: NOSIM, KEWASNET, NETWAS International, Neighbours Initiative Alliance;
    Mali: Water Aid Mali;
    Nepal: NEWAH, FEDWASUN, Smart Paani;

  • Donors

    Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Role of Simavi

    As the lead agency, Simavi is responsible for overseeing the quality of programme implementation and ensuring requirements of the subsidy are adhered too. Simavi is the contact person for the Dutch Ministry. The WAI programme will be managed by WASH Alliance Management Unit (WAMU) housed within Simavi office.

Do you want to know more about the WASH Alliance International?

Please contact our office.

+31 88 313 15 00

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 Samwel Jakinda is the Programme Manager of Neighbours Initiative Alliance (NIA), one of Simavi’s local partner organisations in Kajiado, Kenya. NIA is one of over 100 partners worldwide that we work together with in the WASH Alliance International to accelerate WASH and realise sustainable access to water and sanitation for everyone.

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