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A global partnership to achieve universal access to clean water and adequate sanitation.

Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) is a global partnership of governments, donors, civil society organizations and other development partners working together to coordinate high-level action, improve accountability and use scarce resources more effectively.

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Making water, sanitation and hygiene a political priority

  • Civil society organizations mobilize, putting electoral pressure on senate candidates
  • Politicians sign SWA pledges ahead of elections for Liberia’s Senate
  • Ministers fired up to deliver better water, sanitation and hygiene services
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Côte d’Ivoire

Ministers champion water, sanitation and hygiene sector at the heart of government

  • Water and sanitation ministers working together for the sector’s cause
  • SWA supports analysis of water, sanitation and hygiene bottlenecks to engage ministers
  • Sector budget protected for three financial years
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Sector accountability and a voice for the CSOs

  • New national civil society accountability platform established
  • CSOs putting SWA’s sector framework into practice
  • Joint advocacy leads to reactivation of sector
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Common financing mechanism’ paves the way for increased investment

  • Government makes SWA commitment to mobilize new sector funding
  • Common financing mechanism boosts sector investment confidence
  • Sector funding increases from US$4 million to US$12 million in one year
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Line of Control as promulgated in the 1972 SIMLA Agreement

Dotted line represents approximately the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir agreed upon by India and Pakistan. The final status of Jammu and Kashmir has not been agreed upon by the parties

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High-level Meetings

SWA's High-level Meetings (HLMs) are unique in the sector and are the partnership's most visible activity.

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Mutual Accountability Mechanism


Government Commitments

Government ministries and departments responsible for water and sanitation collaborate with other development partners to make commitments drawn from their national plans

Non-Government Commitments

SWA’s non-government partners from all constituencies make commitments in support of government efforts. Global and regional partners make commitments global, regional and national levels

Total commitments

Partners from all SWA constituencies make commitments that contribute to achieving SDG 6.1 and 6.2, and universal access to water and sanitation

Our donors


Where there is political will and leadership, great things can be achieved

H.E. John Agyekum Kufuor
Former SWA Chair and Former President of Ghana
Jose Luis

The objective of achieving universal access to drinking water and sanitation is a great challenge for our country. We are pleased to have joined a multi-stakeholder platform that mobilizes actions of all stakeholders to support the priorities of our government. Together with the other partners of the SWA, we will seek to strengthen collaboration and exchange in terms of financing the sector and innovative ideas that allow us to end inequalities.

Hon. José Luis Acero
Vice Minister of Water and Sanitation, Colombia

The SWA ministerial gatherings have been a unique platform for us to have exchanges with peers who are also committed to achieving universal access in our lifetime. The recent meeting between my President and the SWA High-level Chair provided an opportunity for Nigeria to confirm our ambition at the highest political level and for SWA to show its readiness to keep us to our word. I am truly honored to be part of such a partnership. With such multi-stakeholder energy and our continued political drive, we should be able to bend the arc history towards services for all in our lifetime.

Hon. Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu
Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Nigeria