Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Global Communities takes a comprehensive approach to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) by coupling infrastructure development, community mobilization, private sector engagement and behavior change communications to improve sanitation and hygiene practices. We work closely with local governments and communities to address the full life-cycle costs and risks associated with water and sanitation investments and water quality monitoring. Strong local partnerships ensure the long-term sustainability of solutions that are equitable, environmentally sound and well-suited to the specific needs of each community.

Community engagement is key in all of our WASH programming, and Global Communities employs internationally-recognized and locally-adapted methodologies such as Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) to create demand for WASH goods and services. Leveraging local knowledge and interest developed during the demand creation process, Global Communities works to support WASH product supply by training WASH entrepreneurs and connecting communities to markets and financing.

Read more about CLTS as a protective mechanism to increase community resilience during the recent Ebola response in Liberia here.

Global Communities has recently implemented the following WASH-related programs:

Other Programs incorporating WASH components: Global Communities’ has also conducted hardware and software programming as components of other infrastructure, economic development, health and emergency response activities worldwide, which include hygiene education for vulnerable populations in Rwanda, basic water and sanitation provision in Yemen and South Sudan, and green technology application for effective water utilization and in Kosovo.