World Water Day: how we’re tackling the lack of sanitation faced by 2.6 billion people

Health, Water

Nearly 800 million people lack access to water and 2.6 billion to sanitation. Addressing the disparity in water and sanitation coverage is crucial to Oxfam’s work, whether in humanitarian response or long term development.

To mark World Water Day we’ve collected together insights into just some of the remarkable work being carried out by our WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) teams around the world.

Brian McSorley has blogged about some of the innovative solutions that Oxfam is piloting to help the poorest people in Kenya to access clean safe water or sanitation: tackling challenges that are faced in many countries globally. These initiatives are all examples of how Oxfam is engaging and partnering with the private sector to achieve its programme objectives.

Read his blog posts here:

In total, we are working in 35 countries on WASH projects that integrate sustainable and local innovation to meet the needs of the poorest. These include Tajikistan, where we’re working with civil society organisations to increase the number of rural communities that have access to a piped water supply in the Tajikistan Water Supply and Sanitation Project (TajWSS). Tajikistan is the poorest country in Central Asia with more than 48% of its rural population without access to drinking water.

In Niger, we hope to increase the wealth and welfare of poor households by promoting sustainable water resource management by building the capacity of local communities and authorities. This project uses risk reduction and Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) approaches, livelihood profiling and working with local governance structures/process.

And in Liberia, a collaborative approach via the Liberian WASH Consortium has restored the water and sanitation infrastructure in the post-conflict environment. You can read about one success of the Liberia WASH programme, the Biofil toilet, on our West Africa blog and watch the video about the consortium below. 

Oxfam believes everyone including the most marginalised have a right to safe water and sanitation as a basic essential service. On World Water Day we are calling for the development of pro-poor policies that eliminate inequality that underpin the water management policies that exacerbate water scarcity.

Visit our WASH page to find out more about our water, sanitation and hygiene promotion work.

Author: Leslie Morris Iveson
Archive blog. Originally posted on Oxfam Policy & Practice.