What does campaigning achieve?

WaterAid supporters are a tenacious bunch and have helped bring about change that is benefiting millions. Our supporters are truly tireless campaigners when it comes to keeping up the pressure on decision makers because we know that, eventually, it works. Our supporters have been with us every step of the way – and every single one of their actions, whether meeting their MP or sharing a Facebook post, has played an important role.

Since 2004, we’ve run seven campaigns, urging governments across the world to do more to tackle the water and sanitation crisis. Your actions have shown world leaders that taps and toilets are cheap, simple and effective ways to help people break down the barriers that keep them in poverty.

A national effort; a national impact

Individual actions multiplied add up to a big difference. In 2012-13 over 25,000 Australians joined WaterAid and Micah Challenge’s Toilet Tour, calling on our government to do more to provide people around the world with water, sanitation and hygiene. In the next year’s aid budget the Gillard Government almost doubled funding for water, sanitation and hygiene programs.

In November 2014 WaterAid Australia’s supporters joined with over 165,000 people worldwide to urge leaders of the world’s 20 richest countries to do more to end the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene to stop transmission of the disease. Within days the Abbott Government allocated an extra $20 million to establish a 100-bed treatment facility in Sierra Leone.

The difference your support has made

Since WaterAid Australia launched a decade ago, our supporters have helped generate some big wins.

In 2012, thanks to action from WaterAid and its supporters Senator Bob Carr, the Foreign Minister at the time, signed Australia up to the Sanitation and Water for All partnership. This global partnership is an essential platform for countries to work together to provide access to sanitation and water for everyone, everywhere.

Successive governments on both sides of politics have recognised the importance of access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in helping people break down the barriers that keep them in poverty, making WASH a core part of Australia’s aid program. Since 2004 annual Australian Aid funding for water, sanitation and hygiene programs has quadrupled, ensuring access to safe water and sanitation for millions more people.

Thanks to you, our leaders have already taken big steps towards a world where everybody has access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene! By continuing to campaign we can create a world where everyone has access to water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030.

MPs show their support

The politicians below were some of the 50 who supported the Toilet Tour thanks to the tireless efforts of WaterAid supporters.