Sanitation and Water for All: how this global partnership has become a dynamic catalyst for change

Delivery of clean water and basic sanitation services transforms lives and brings substantial economic benefits. However, water and sanitation services are too often under-prioritised and underfunded, and current global and national investment is frequently insufficient and poorly targeted.

Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) – a global partnership of developing countries, donors, multilateral agencies, civil society and other development actors – offers a means to improve aid effectiveness through concerted efforts, acting as a catalyst to overcome barriers to development and national planning in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. Through three pillars of activity – the biennial High Level Meeting (HLM), the Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking Water (GLAAS), and the National Planning for Results Initiative (NPRI) – SWA augments action to overcome sector challenges, accelerating progress towards universal access.

As founding members of SWA, WaterAid and Tearfund are greatly encouraged by the excellent progress the partnership has already made. SWA now has an opportunity to build on the goodwill and breadth of the partnership to continue strengthening its activities and building on the commitments made to achieve its vision of a world where everyone has sustainable access to sanitation and water.

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