Access to water and sanitation is a universal right

19.11.2015, Chiredzi District, Zimbabwe. Toilet facilities at the Ruware primary school.
Access to water and sanitation is a human right. Schoolchildren washing their hands in front of the toilet facilities at the Ruware primary school in Chiredzi District, Zimbabwe. © Andreas Steiner, SDC

Today, around 844 million people have no access to safe drinking water. The SDC is working to ensure that people have reliable supplies of drinking water and adequate sanitation. Recognised as a human right since 2010, access to drinking water and sanitation are essential to meeting basic human needs.

SDC focus

Water is common property, and access to drinking water and sanitation is a human right. The SDC works to ensure that people have adequate supply of drinking water and access to sanitation and treatment plants enabling them to maintain adequate hygiene. Switzerland has extensive expertise in the field of water that is recognised across the globe and supports a range of activities:

  • applied research and innovation
  • financing to improve access to water and wastewater disposal worldwide
  • developing new approaches to services and new partnerships with the private sector (water stewardship)
  • upscaling of infrastructure programmes. It also provides capacity building and training to ensure that facilities function properly.

The SDC brings the practical experience it has gained to political dialogue between governments, the private sector and civil society in order to promote mutual learning and support the implementation of workable, sustainable solutions.

Background

According to the UN, around 844 million people currently have no access to drinking water. Furthermore, 2.3 billion people live without adequate sanitation facilities and 892 million still practice open defecation. Poor sanitation conditions alone cause 80% of the diseases prevalent in developing countries. Around the world, 1,000 children under the age of five die every day from diarrhoeal diseases as a result of drinking contaminated water. However, in many cases the problem is not due to a shortage of water as such but rather to the absence of national and international funding commitments to provide access to water of suitable quality where it is needed. For that reason, the SDC seeks to cooperate with all stakeholders in developing a system that in the long term will enable everyone to enjoy access to clean drinking water.

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Current projects

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Green Transport Development Project, Ho Chi Minh City

01.12.2015 - 31.12.2020

Co-financed together with the World Bank, the Green Transport Development Project aims to improve the performance and efficiency of public transport in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, by developing a Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT), as well as to promote the integration of public transport with urban development.


Public Financial Managment Capacity Building Trust Fund

01.12.2015 - 30.11.2019

PFM reforms and capacity building are key for the Kyrgyz Republic to increase transparency and accountability in the use of public funds. SECO has supported these reforms in a first phase of the Capacity Building in Public Finance Management project, administrated by the World Bank, between 2009-2015 and is now co-financing a second phase.



Wastewater treatment plant Peja with KfW

01.11.2015 - 31.12.2020

SECO is consolidating its support to the wastewater sector in Kosovo. The construction of a wastewater treatment plant in Peja is the second project of this kind SECO is co-financing with Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) in Kosovo. The project involves investment measures and institutional strengthening, as well as policy dialogue.


Establishment of the Association of Advanced Politekniks Indonesia

01.11.2015 - 31.12.2020

The Association of Advanced Politekniks Indonesia is a platform organization of Indonesian Politekniks and industry companies which implements skill development concepts, in analogy to the dVET systems in Switzerland and other European countries and with the objective to promote skills development.


Financial Infrastructure Programme

09.10.2015 - 31.12.2020

The Global Financial Infrastructure Programme (hereafter, the programme) will support the development and creation of well-functioning financial markets in SECO’s priority countries. With a specific focus on credit reporting and secured transaction, the programme will facilitate financial inclusion and foster responsible access to finance. It will be implemented by the the International Finance Corporation (IFC).


Extractives Global Programmatic Support Umbrella Trust Fund

01.10.2015 - 31.12.2019

The objective of the World Bank's Extractive Global Programmatic Support (EGPS) is to strengthen natural resource governance of resource-rich developing countries. The EGPS and the bilateral funding window support the implementation of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) at country level.


Energy City Project (Municipal Energy Efficiency Project, Municipal DRR Project)

17.08.2015 - 31.12.2020

The Republic of Serbia needs to increase the share of renewable energy and improve its energy efficiency. The MEEMP will support 4 selected municipalities in the implementation of national requirements in the energy and climate sector at municipal level by introducing the European Energy Award (EEA) system to Serbia.


Environmental and Social Risk Management Program

01.08.2015 - 31.12.2022

The Environmental and Social Risk Management Program will be implemented in three countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria). Its aim is to ensure that lending to economic activities does not come at the cost of human well-being, natural resources and vital ecosystems.


Public financial Management Analytical and Advisory Assistance

01.07.2015 - 31.12.2020

Strengthening Public Financial Management (PFM) at central and subnational level is essential for stronger governance, improved outputs from public resources and effective expenditure management. This Trust Fund is a vehicle for development partners to drive PFM reform forward by strengthening the capacity to implement PFM reforms.


Naryn Water Rehabilitation Project I

30.06.2015 - 31.12.2019

SECO has a longstanding partnership with the Kyrgyz government in the urban water and sewerage sector. Since 2009, SECO has been engaged in 4 cities (Osh, Jalalabad, Kant and Bishkek) on a co-financing basis with EBRD. Given the remaining dramatic institutional and infrastructural needs, the proposal is now to engage in the city of Naryn.


Crop Receipts Project Ukraine

01.06.2015 - 30.06.2020

The Crop Receipt project facilitates access to finance for small and midsize agri-businesses in Ukraine. Crop receipts essentially are loan agreements between a farmer and a creditor, where the loan is repaid by the future harvest or the proceeds from its sale. Given the vast untapped agriculture potential and its importance for agrarian SME development, the Crop Receipt project is key to facilitate economic inclusion of small and midsize farmers through the provision of growth capital. The project is implemented by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and was launched in 2015.

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