Together, we can help transform lives. We make a bigger impact because we bring people together, actively encouraging collaboration so that many voices can be heard and ideas can spread. 

Our approach

We work together with partners to assess the local situation, before designing and delivering relevant, practical solutions based on our shared experience and evidence.

And to make lasting change happen on a massive scale we:

  • Convince governments to change laws
  • Link policy makers with people on the ground
  • Change attitudes and behaviors
  • Pool knowledge and resources
  • Rally support from people and organizations around the world

To make change happen we influence those people with the power to act. We bring our supporters and local communities together to encourage decision-makers to make the necessary investment in water and sanitation.

The number of taps and toilets we can build each year is limited by the size of our staff and the funding available. If we’re going to change normal for everyone by 2030, governments and service providers worldwide need to prioritize investing in water, toilets, and hygiene. To make change happen on a bigger scale than we can achieve alone, we have to influence how others think and act.

How do we influence?

Policy and advocacy

Changing the policies and practices of governments and other powerful institutions is an effective way of reaching millions more people with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. We work with our local partners to identify solutions, and then present this information to decision-makers – locally, nationally, and internationally – and advise them on the changes they need to make.


By bringing together as many voices as possible – supporters like you, local communities, civil society, business, local service providers – we have a better chance of changing the world for good.

You, our incredible supporters, and communities across the world, help hold governments and service providers accountable and accelerate progress to ensure everyone has access to clean water and a decent toilet.

Our climate fight

Right now, we're advocating for governments around the world to invest in locally led adaptation projects that will bring a continuous supply of clean water to those most in need.

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