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Our approach

Water, sanitation and good hygiene practices are the key to eliminating poverty. Yet, a staggering 663 million people do not have access to safe water and over 2.4 billion people do not have a safe place to go to the toilet. Around 315,000 children under-five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation.

We are working to change this.

WaterAid works with local partners and the communities themselves to deliver appropriate solutions to their water and sanitation needs. We build the capacity and knowledge of partners and community members and equip them with the skills required to manage their own projects.

However, we alone cannot solve this crisis. We work with local governments to build their capacity and educate local people on their rights to essential water and sanitation so they themselves can hold their government to account.

We also work to ensure that the most marginalised in communities can access services. It is often those who are disabled, chronically ill or older who miss out on basic services. We ensure that these individuals are involved in the design of projects so that the solutions meet their needs too and that adaptations are made to the technologies to make them accessible.

We have set ourselves ambitious targets. WaterAid plans to reach 25 million people with access to safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene education by 2015. As a result of our advocacy and influencing work we plan for a further 100 million people to receive these basic services. You can read our full strategy and approach to our work here.

To find out more about our approach please contact us.