We know that a strong water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector that is well coordinated, responsive and accountable is fundamental in achieving sustainable universal WASH access.

Over the years we have learnt that funding improved water and sanitation projects, although important, is not enough to solve the WASH crisis and meet people’s rights and needs to sustainable WASH services. Systems and institutions need to be in place and effective to ensure that change is lasting.

Watch Annie Msosa, our Head of Programmes, explain why:


To make sure the entire WASH sector is strengthened by our presence, we work with the Malawi Government to ensure that politicians take the lead in effective planning, coordination, resourcing and monitoring. We also support policy formulation and strategy processes that are aimed at prioritising WASH.

Our approach to sector strengthening aims at ensuring that there is an enabling environment and an engaged and well-coordinated sector that recognises and promotes WASH rights and services for all. We focus on engagement at a national level on sector coordination and collaboration, policy formulation, integration, and sector performance monitoring and accountability.

We also work with other sector players and strategically position ourselves in forums, conferences and bodies so as to influence decisions.

We're not alone. All of WaterAid are working to strengthen the global WASH sector and ensure a robust environment is in place to drive lasting change with WASH services.


We develop and nurture strategic partnerships to harness expertise and influence so that we can improve the entire water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector.

Our strategy

The Malawi Country Programme Strategy 2016-21 is aligned with Sustainable Development Goal 6 - water and sanitation for all by 2030.