WaterAid and governanceTo reach everyone everywhere with safe water and sanitation by 2030, we need strong political decision-making and the systems in place to turn policies into real change. Good water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) governance involves making the right decisions for the sector, and implementing them effectively. In many of the countries where we work, efforts to improve WASH services are held back by poor governance and infrastructure. Political and social factors often cause resources to be spread unequally across districts, regions and states. Even within well served areas, poor, marginalised and vulnerable people are often excluded from services. Working with national and local governments, WASH organisations can make a lasting difference to people’s lives. Thorough planning, good coordination and effective monitoring are all critical, and therefore a key focus of our work.