Together, we work with the poorest and most marginalised communities to set up practical and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene projects that meet their real needs. Hardware, such as taps and toilets, is always backed up by education about good hygiene, making sure that the health benefits of clean water and decent toilets are maximised.

Working with local partners

We work with these local partners to ensure capacity and skills are developed at a local level:

  • Local non-government organisations (NGOs)
  • Local and national government departments
  • Private utility companies

We invest in local partner organisations to enable them to deliver lasting changes for their communities. We typically provide financial support, training and technical advice, as well as help with planning, budgeting and organisational development.
As partners grow stronger, they become less reliant on WaterAid's technical and financial support and can seek funds from other sources. When this happens, we often start working with newer or less well-established partners, with the cycle of training and development starting again.

Using the right technology

We use technologies that are low-cost, appropriate to the local area, and can be easily maintained by the communities who use them.
For more information on the technology used in water and sanitation, visit our technology page.