IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre

IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre provides an extensive IRC WASH library with thematic and regional WASH publications that are available to the public for free. IRC also offers information services which give access to a bank of information and interactive tools, including a question and answer service, to help you find what you are looking for. News about development, capacity building and upcoming events in the water sector are also shared through platforms such as E-Source and IRC’s training and advisory services .


Providing information on the use of cost data for budgeting and planning of WASH services, WASHCost’s resources are a collection of presentations, reports and training modules relevant for national and local government actors, donor agencies and NGOs. WASHCost is working to collect, collate and share information related to real disaggregate costs in the life-cycle of WASH service delivery to poor people in rural and peri-urban areas.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Program

The Foundation provides funding for Triple-S and WASHCost. Through its Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Program , it is working with a wide range of partners, including governments, civil society, the private sector, and other donors to promote the development of safe, effective, and affordable sanitation services that people will want to use.

End Water Poverty

This international campaign aims to bring an end to the global water and sanitation crisis. End Water Poverty is a coalition of international organisations who demand action from donors and governments alike. Find out here how you can get involved and keep track of news and events .

Engineers Without Borders - Canada

Engineers Without Borders- Canada (EWB) focuses on building capacity rather than the delivery of technological goods and services. They create opportunities for rural African communities to create positive changes. EWB depends on the support of concerned global citizens such as yourself. Your donations, membership, and involvement help EWB expand their work and help people in the some of the most impoverished communities in the world.


UN-Water Global Annual Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) is a UN-Water initiative implemented by the World Health Organisation (WHO). It provides policy makers at all levels with reliable, easily accessible, comprehensive and global analysis of sanitation and drinking-water evidence. Findings from the UN-Water GLAAS report were presented at the first annual High-Level Meeting of Sanitation and Water for All, hosted by UNICEF on 23 April 2010 in Washington, D.C. The full report is available with an Executive Summary in English, French and Portuguese.

Global Water Challenge

Global Water Challenge brings together leading organisations in the water and sanitation sector to address the fundamental issue of sustainable services. Keep up-to-date with sector news via their blog . Serving as a universal access point, useful publications, links, and events are offered to provide information about the global WASH context and to identify areas of greatest need.

Rural Water Supply Network

Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) functions as a global knowledge network that supports sector partners. They pool the expertise of their members and share knowledge on lessons learned, best practices and latest technological developments using newsletters, country information, books and manuals, advocacy and international forums. RWSN provides assistance for creating effective service delivery mechanisms through local manufacturers, and promotes policies that encourage the private sector to play a bigger role in the provision of rural water services.

Sanitation and Water for All

Sanitation and Water for All is a global partnership between developing countries, donors, multi-lateral agencies, civil society and other development partners. Together with partner countries and external support agencies, they monitor and report on the progress of commitments made at the bi-yearly Global High Level Meetings. Sanitation and Water for All invites anyone to apply for partnership and join in on the efforts to accelerate progress towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals. is a portal for anyone involved in the WASH sector. Papers and presentations from key events such as the January 2011 WASH Sustainability Forum, as well as toolkits and planning documents are made available for downloading. An online discussion forum is also moderated as a basis for knowledge sharing and networking for those interested in making WASH services sustainable.

WASH Advocacy Initiative

The WASH Advocacy Initiative (WAI) is a nonprofit advocacy effort in Washington DC dedicated to helping solve the global safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenge. Its mission is to increase awareness of the global WASH challenge and solutions, and to increase the amount and effectiveness of resources devoted to solving the problem around the developing world.

WASH Sustainability Charter

All WASH stakeholders have a role to play in improving sustainability. The Charter seeks to align WASH stakeholders around sustainability principles and catalyse the adoption of these principles around the world. The first thing you can do is endorse the Charter and encourage others to do so as well. If you are interested in working more deeply on this effort click here to let them know how you would like to get involved.


WaterAid is an international NGO who’s mission is to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities. WaterAid and partners work to influence policy at national and international levels. They provide research publications that serve as practical frameworks for sustainable service delivery. For example, the “ Sustainability Framework ” is a guide for WaterAid country programmes and other agencies. The focus is on changing the behaviour in low-income countries for water supply and sanitation services.

Water, Engineering and Development Centre

The Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) is a rich database of knowledge in water and sanitation. As a leading research institute, they publish and make available books, academic papers, fact sheets, technical notes and illustrations, briefing notes, conference papers and much more. They aim to meet needs and demands for knowledge from policymakers and practitioners.

Water For People

Water For People (WFP) conducts effective research methods to analyse and strengthen water and sanitation technologies in their focus regions, while sharing public information about their work and findings. Join RWSN’s “ Everyone Commitment ” to help eradicate water poverty. Throughout the year, they also host and benefit from a variety of fundraising events. WFP is interested in exploring options to create a vehicle to evolve their successful Field Level Operations Watch (FLOW) platform and secure funding so that FLOW can be easily used at a reasonably low cost by a wide range of water and non-water sector players over the long term.

Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is a global multi-stakeholder partnership and membership organisation that works to save lives and improve livelihoods. WSSCC has coalitions in 35 countries, members in more than 160 countries and a Geneva-based Secretariat hosted by UNOPS (United Nations Office for Project Services). WSSCC is actively involved in a number of leading global, regional and national campaigns and events . They also provide tips and techniques on how to become a successful advocate, in addition to advocacy materials that support initiatives at global and country levels. A library of multimedia resources is also available to the public, including photos, soundbites, videos, publications and press releases.


The WELL website is a node for accessing information about water, sanitation and environmental health. They offer publications and information products , including downloadable factsheets, briefing notes, studies and consultancy summaries. Capacity building modules for essential generic skills development of sector professionals are also available online.