WaterAid number one water, sanitation and hygiene charity

Philanthropedia – whose mission it is to improve the effectiveness of non-profit organisations – awarded WaterAid the number one spot in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector after surveying experts to identify who was making the greatest impact.


25 Mar 2015

WaterAid has been ranked number one of 16 outstanding non-profits working in water, sanitation and hygiene above organisations such as Oxfam (ranked thirteenth), Plan (ranked eleventh), UNICEF (ranked fourth), IRC (ranked third), and Water for People (ranked second).

A boy splashes water in Madagascar.
Photo: WaterAid/Ernest Randriarimala

The review, published on Philanthropedia, highlighted that experts value WaterAid’s global reach and our work with local partners such as Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) and the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) to further our goals. The experts noted that we are known for our effective advocacy work and extensive field experience, and for providing long-lasting, comprehensive solutions.

As organisational strengths, Philanthropedia cited 'good leadership' and 'considerable influence with governments across the world.' 

"We are very proud to be recognised as the global leader in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector and the transformative effect our work has had in some of the world poorest communities," says Chris Wainwright, WaterAid's Head of Communications. "We believe that everyone everywhere must have access to sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services by 2030, as this is critical to eradicating extreme poverty."

44 of Philanthropedia's 82 experts – including foundation professionals, researchers and faculty, non-profit senior staff, consultants, journalists, and policy-makers – agreed that WaterAid has had the most impact.

Read the complete expert review of WaterAid on Philanthropedia's website.

*This article was updated with more information on 9 August 2016.