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 | UK

WaterAid has been ranked highest of 16 outstanding non-profits working in water, sanitation and hygiene.

The review, published on Philanthropedia, highlighted that experts value WaterAid’s global reach and our work with local partners 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.

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

"We are very proud to be recognised as the global leader in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector and for 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, senior non-profit staff, consultants, journalists, and policy-makers – agreed that WaterAid has had the most impact.

Visit the Philanthropedia website to read more about the survey and view the top 16 ranked organisations working in water, sanitation and hygiene >

Read the complete expert review of WaterAid >