Recognised since 2010 as a human right, access to good-quality water and sanitation facilities is essential in order to meet basic human needs. Over the last 25 years, the proportion of the world's population that has gained access to a satisfactory supply of drinking water has increased from 76% to 91%. Despite this enormous progress, about 2.4 billion people, i.e. one in every three, are still without sanitation facilities, and 2 billion of them do not have sufficient clean water. This situation is causing many public health and hygiene problems.
Solidarit’eau suisse is helping to remedy this situation in the world's poorest regions. Swiss non-governmental organisations (NGO) present their projects on the Solidarit'eau suisse website so that partners interested in funding them can get an overall picture of the work being done, with ongoing updates. All the projects presented online have first been assessed for quality by independent experts. The NGOs responsible for implementing the projects cover all the administrative costs. This means that every franc invested by a Solidarit’eau partner in Switzerland is spent directly in helping the project beneficiaries.