Research for Action

Progetto concluso

Access to safe water and sanitation is a human right, essential for poverty reduction, health, economic development and a life in dignity. The Department of Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries (Sandec) and the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) are long-term strategic partners of SDC, working towards universal access to water and sanitation on the global level, with a focus on the poor and marginalized, through applied research, transformative innovations, documentation of best practices, capacity development and networking.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Acqua potabile e strutture igieniche elementari (WASH) (til 2016)
01.01.2015 - 31.12.2017
CHF 1'920'000

Today, 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation, and 748 million people still do not have access to safe drinking water supply, of which 80% live in rural areas. Sanitation and rural water supply are crucial stepping stones to better health, economic development and poverty reduction. Access to safe water and sanitation are Human Rights and are also fundamental to gender equality.


Poverty reduction and improvement of living standards through universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation of people living in poverty in developing countries by: a) finding solutions that respond to the needs of the population; and b) raising professionalism so that these solutions can be implemented by the national authorities in the water sector.

Gruppi target

The main target groups are a) practitioners, decision makers, and policy makers; b) project officers and decision makers with national and international development agencies; and c) local stakeholder groups with their specific local adaptations.

Effetti a medio termine


- Integrated water, sanitation and solid waste service approaches for the poor have been identified, documented and disseminated through applied research, and are considered for equitable and sustainable services by local government, utilities, development partners and the private sector.

- Expert knowledge on state-of-art pro-poor approaches in water treatment, excreta and organic waste management, and participatory sanitation planning is developed for tertiary education and practitioners’ level.

- Human waste resource recovery approaches are identified, assessed, documented and disseminated with an evaluation of technical, social and economic feasibility.


- Targeting of service provision at all scales is inclusive of the needs and rights of all, including those who are frequently excluded from access to services.

- Groundwater resources are sustainably used for developing drinking water supply sources.

- Self-supply is an accepted option for drinking water supply by governments, development partners and water users.

- Rural water supply services are adequately financed, meet country norms, and are managed by defined service providers with adequate support.



Risultati fasi precedenti:  

Eawag/Sandec has accelerated change through awareness of national and local governments on the need to move beyond taps and toilets and tested several integrated and flexible ways to provide sustainable services to the poor. To name a few, Sandec activities have led to a notable increase in awareness and action for improving faecal sludge management; several publications and two Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as well a business model for the Blue Diversion toilet.

RWSN has played a key role in the consultation process of the handbook on the Human Right to Water. The Code of Practice of Cost Effective Boreholes has been taken up by Nigeria and is being embedded into countries and organisations including Sierra Leone, Kenya, UNICEF and WaterAid. Self-Supply has been formally adopted by the governments of Ethiopia and Uganda and is established by RWSN partners in Sierra Leone and Tanzania.


Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Cooperazione allo sviluppo
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
Economia privata
Istituzione statale svizzera
Organizzazione svizzera senza scopo di lucro
  • National State Institute SWISS
  • Settore privato svizzero
  • SKAT Foundation

Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF   1'920'000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF   1'911'996 Progetto totale dalla prima fase Budget inclusi partner del progetto CHF  12'323'253
Fasi del progetto

Fase 4 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2017   (Completed)

Fase 3 01.01.2012 - 31.12.2014   (Completed)