1 in 10 people lack access to safe water
1 in 3 people lack access to a toilet
Women and children spend 125 million hours each day collecting water
Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease
Every $1 invested in water and sanitation provides a $4 economic return

Global Advocacy

Water.org knows that our mission of universal access to water and sanitation will never be achieved through our work alone. Therefore, partnering for impact is a key component of how we work. Our Global Advocacy department develops and deepens relationships with mutually supportive organizations, each serving from their core competencies, to facilitate and leverage water and sanitation finance for the poor.

We believe working cooperatively across sectors and implementing organizations is the optimal strategy for accelerating these achievements. It is the goal of the Global Advocacy team to create an enabling environment for market-based solutions for water supply and sanitation services (WSS) by working with an array of stakeholders to facilitate policies and mainstream financial WSS practices. To accomplish this, Water.org seeks to engage in formal partnership with government stakeholders, financial organizations and select WSS institutions that (1) share this commitment, (2) eclipse Water.org in terms of resources and scope, and (3) can together achieve enormous impact in terms of broad-scale system change.

Water.org develops partnerships with the goal of promoting and catalyzing affordable finance in WSS. We bring expertise in creating WSS loan products, proof points for the efficacy of lending for WSS, and extensive public affairs reach. Partnerships of this nature can be complex, and we encourage new and creative approaches with shared goals and objectives with high expectations on how each partner will contribute to those goals.

What success looks like
The primary goal of our advocacy efforts is for WSS finance to be increased, globally. We believe that at least half of the people in need of safe water and sanitation access can acquire sustained access by taking small loans to build or tap into existing infrastructure. Water.org is sharing lessons learned and best practices among local partners, government stakeholders, bi- and multi-lateral donor agencies, and large advocacy organizations. We expect that over time these efforts will lead to a global finance market in which financial institutions and practitioners will use finance as a tool to increase access leaving our aid dollars for the absolute poor.

Partner with us
Water.org’s current Global Advocacy partners include World Bank, UNICEF, WaterAID, World Economic Forum, Clinton Global Initiative, Milken Global, USAID, India Post, CITI Inclusive Finance, India Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, India Sanitation Coalition and various leading government stakeholders. If you would like to learn more about our Global Advocacy program, and how your institution could partner with Water.org please click the button below.

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