To make change happen we influence those people with the power to act. We bring our supporters and local communities together to encourage decision-makers to make the necessary investment in water and sanitation.

The number of taps and toilets WaterAid can build each year is limited by the size of our staff and the funding available. If we’re going to create a world in which everyone has access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) by 2030, leaders worldwide need to prioritise investing in these essential services. To make change happen on a bigger scale than we at WaterAid can achieve alone, we work to influence people with the power to act. We bring our supporters and local communities together to encourage decision-makers to make the necessary investments in water, sanitation and hygiene.

How do we influence?

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Policy and advocacy

Changing the policies and practices of governments and other powerful institutions is an effective way of reaching millions more people with water and sanitation.

We work with our partners to gather research and evidence. We then present this information to decision-makers – locally, nationally and internationally – and together we make change happen.

Campaigning

We won't change the world on our own. By bringing together as many voices as possible – supporters, local communities, civil society, business, local service providers – we have a better chance of changing the world for good.

You, our incredible supporters, and communities across the world, help hold decision makers accountable and push the water and sanitation crisis up the global agenda.

Watch this short film to find out more about WaterAid’s influencing:

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