WaterAid is a global federation with a local focus. Our vision is a world where everyone, everywhere has safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Our mission is to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.
Set up in 1981 as a response to the UN International Drinking Water & Sanitation decade, WaterAid has now almost 35 years' experience of bringing water, sanitation and hygiene education to where it is needed most. Nowadays, WaterAid’s teams in Australia, Canada, Sweden, Japan, the UK and the USA help coordinate and fund operations across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific. To drive change and deliver lasting results, we work with a wide range of government, civil society and private sector partners. We analyse the political, economic and social context of the countries and regions where we operate and work with our partners to develop responsive programmes of service delivery, capacity development, research, policy analysis and campaigning designed to influence sustainable transformational change. Our programmes of work promote changes to individuals’ lives and the systems needed for sustainable services. During the next five years, we will work with existing and new partners in a way that is consistent with established aid effectiveness principles and which demonstrates an integrated, collaborative approach towards achieving universal access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030. There needs to be strong leadership, active communities, equality, a focus on sustainability, and integration between development sectors.