Increasing access to safe water for vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.

Clean water scarcity is a significant problem in rural areas of Sub-Sahara Africa, yet it is critical to human health and livelihoods. Providing access to safe and affordable water at reasonable distances from the home improves productivity, community participation, and school attendance. We partner with organizations working in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Niger and India, targeting vulnerable and disadvantaged populations living in these countries.

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Moving the Needle on Sustainable Access to Safe Water

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has been funding the water sector in sub-Saharan Africa for twenty-five years. However, the Foundation is more than just a funder. They have played a leadership role in bringing attention to the need to provide access to safe water on a sustainable basis.


Millennium Water Alliance

To increase access to safe water for an additional 300,000 people in rural Ethiopia, and to strengthen the capacity of government to manage existing water supply assets and deliver reliable safe water services to 3.2 million people in 23 districts.

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External Resources

We recommend visiting the following partners and external resources that are important to our work:

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    WaterCredit puts microfinance to work in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector.

    By connecting financial institutions to communities in developing countries in need of clean water and toilets, small loans are then made to individuals and households. As loans are repaid, they can be redeployed to additional people in need of safe water, reducing the need for subsidies, which can then be freed up to help those who need it most.

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    Overview of IRC's Triple-S Ghana project

    Triple-S (Sustainable Services at Scale) is a six-year, multi-country learning initiative to improve water supply to the rural poor. Triple-S Ghana in collaboration with the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), the governmental agency responsible for rural water and related sanitation, and the host institution for Triple-S in Ghana, have collaborated on a number of studies on issues of interest to the sector.

  • Project is a unique source of data and information for donors, policymakers, and other stakeholders interested in water, sanitation, and hygiene. The site was created by our partner, the Foundation Center, as a one-stop-shop for funding and needs-related data and information.

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