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Name Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council
Logo Image:Wsscc.jpg
Geographic Scope The world's poor
Subject Focus Expertise Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation WSS
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The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is a global multi-stakeholder partnership organisation that works to improve the lives of poor people. WSSCC enhances collaboration among sector agencies and professionals around sanitation and water supply and contributes to the broader goals of poverty eradication, health and environmental improvement, gender equality and long-term social and economic development. WSSCC was created in 1990 through a United Nations General Assembly resolution and is hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO). With members in more than 80 countries, WSSCC has the legitimacy and flexibility of a non-governmental organisation. Through

WSSCC is at the forefront of knowledge, debate and influence on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for all.

WSSCC's mission is to achieve sustainable water supply and sanitation (WSS) for ALL people by following six core principles:

  • WSSCC only exists to serve poor people
  • The people themselves are at the centre of planning and action for achieving sustainable water and sanitation
  • SSCC works by enhancing collaboration among sector agencies and professionals rather than implementing its own projects
  • ater and sanitation are essential for social and economic development
  • SSCC aims to be at the forefront of global knowledge, debate and influence in its field
  • he number of people without sanitation is much greater than the number without water, while the agencies working in sanitation are fewer; therefore WSSCC dedicates most of its effort to sanitation and hygiene.

Key Resources

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Selected Publications

  • ONE FLY IS DEADLIER THAN 100 TIGERS:POVERTY ALLEVIATIONAS A BUSINESS SERIES TOTAL SANITATION AS A BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY ACTION IN BANGLADESH AND ELSEWHERE (2007) - It is a sad, stark truth that every hour, every day, enough children to fill a jumbo jet die of diarrhoeal diseases. And it is starkly, truly sad that this does not mobilise people, not really. These are children who are dying silently ; there is no public outcry, no swelling of human solidarity, not like there is after an earthquake or a tsunami...
  • Compendium of Sanitation Systems and Technologies (2008) - Investing in sanitation and hygiene is not only about saving human lives and dignity; it is the foundation for investing in human development, especially in poor urban and peri-urban areas. However, one of the main bottlenecks encountered the world over, is the limited knowledge and awareness about more appropriate and sustainable systems and technologies that keep project costs affordable and acceptable. Abundant information exists about sanitation technologies but it is scattered throughout dozens of books, reports, proceedings and journals; this Compendium aims to pull the main information together in one volume. Another aim of the Compendium is to promote a systems approach; sanitation devices and technologies should always be considered as parts of an entire system.
  • WASH Coalition Building Guidelines (2008) - This guide provides a practical introduction to the concepts, ideas and literature surrounding the formation of active and effective WASH Coalitions, networks and partnerships. It seeks to support National WASH Coordinators to work within the complexity of coalition building noted above, to support the creation of a clearer mandate for each coalition, and to recognise and respond to the changing context in which each coalition finds itself. Towards these ends, this document provides a series of checks that National Coordinators and coalition members should consider in the formation, maintenance and growth of their WASH Coalitions
  • WSSCC Information Brochure (2008)
  • Annual report (2007) - The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) embarked on a new, exciting era in 2007. From the members and coalitions in countries around the world, to the Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, a great variety of programmes and activities worked “to achieve sustainable water supply and sanitation for ALL people"...
  • WSSCC Strategy (2006-2015)
  • For Her It's The Big Issue:Putting women at the centre of water supply, sanitation and hygiene (2006) - The vital role of women in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions is undeniable. But even though women’s involvement in the planning, design, management and implementation of such projects and programmes has proved to be fruitful and cost-effective, the substantial benefits of this approach are not properly recognised. One result is that, all too often, women are not as centrally engaged in water and sanitation efforts as they should be. This report, a joint undertaking by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) provides further proof that if women play a central role in water, sanitation and hygiene efforts, progress towards achieving all the Millennium Development Goals will be significantly advanced.
  • Household-centred Environmental Sanitation (HCES): Implementing the Bellagio Principles in Urban Environmental Sanitation (2005) - This Guideline for Decision-Makers has been developed to provide first guidance on how to implement the Bellagio Principles by applying the HCES approach. Assistance is given to those willing to include and test this new approach in their urban environmental sanitation service programmes. Since practical experience with the HCES approach is lacking, this Guideline is neither comprehensive nor final, but will have to be developed further on the basis of extensive field experience.
  • Community-driven development for water and sanitation in urban areas (2005) - This booklet is the first WSSCC publication based solely on experiences related to poor urban and peri-urban areas. This document touches upon many of WSSCC’s main advocacy themes. Be it the need to provide communities with the tools and opportunities to monitor progress as well as to implement initiatives; the need to look beyond our own sector and facilitate multi-sectoral approaches; the strength of loan finance and self-help, and the need to build equal partnerships between all stakeholders, especially between community groups and (local) government. Urban poor communities are no longer mere beneficiaries but equal partners in the process towards sustainable development and achievement of the MDGs.
  • Sanitation is a business:Approaches for demand-orientated policies - In 2000, around 1 billion urban dwellers still lacked adequate sanitation and hygiene. The corresponding figure in rural areas was even higher. Yet practical examples from all over the world increasingly demonstrate that sanitation is good business, and it is often of most benefit to the poor. This is a strange contradiction, and one whose resolution has far-reaching potential when working towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDG)...

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