Thanks to incredible people like you, we’re closer than ever before to making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene a normal part of daily life for everyone, everywhere.

Our annual report lets you meet the people changing their lives, and see how your support is making a lasting difference around the world.

Read our annual reports

2016-17 annual report >
2015-16 annual report >
2014-15 annual report >
2013-14 annual report >

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In 2016-17, you helped us reach:

people with clean water.

Leonie with her daugther Madison at a tap stand in Papua New Guinea. WaterAid/Tom Greenwood

people with decent toilets.

Narsizu and Fideris outside one of the new toilets in their village in Timor-Leste. WaterAid/Tom Greenwood

people with good hygiene.

Two girls wash their hands at school in Uganda. WaterAid/James Kiyimba


What countries does your annual report cover?

Our annual report looks at WaterAid’s activities in the UK and the programmes we manage in Africa and Asia.

Who did your money come from in 2016-17?

More than half of our income comes from hundreds of thousands of individuals in the UK giving regular amounts.

Meanwhile, two thirds of our income is given as 'unrestricted' funds – giving us the flexibility to adapt to emerging situations and the discretion to target resources where they will be most effective in transforming lives.

  • Total income: £81.1 million
  • Individual supporters: £43.4 million
  • Corporate and trust supporters: £14.9 million
  • Other WaterAid federation countries: £10.9 million
  • Governments and other institutions: £8.2 million
  • Fundraising in our other countries: £3.6 million
  • Interest: £0.1 million
How did you spend your money last year?

Last year, we spent what we planned to, but the drop in the value of the pound after the Brexit vote meant we had to change where we spent some money. To make sure our work overseas wasn’t negatively affected, we spent less in the UK and used some money we had set aside for issues like this.

In total, 77% went on delivering services and making change happen, and 23% went on fundraising.

  • Total expenditure: £87.5 million
  • Fundraising: 23%

Delivering services and making change happen:

  • Supporting partners to deliver water, toilets and hygiene: 53%
  • Influencing policy in water, toilets and hygiene: 14%
  • Supporting WaterAid globally: 10%

For more detailed financial statements, read our full annual report >

How we're run

We’re run by a team of talented and experienced individuals, committed to changing normal for everyone, everywhere.

Value for money

We ensure our resources are put to the best possible use so we can transform even more lives.

Our fundraising promise

We couldn't do the work we do without you, which is why we value your trust so highly. It's also why we make this promise to you.