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.

Documents

Current projects

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Pilot models for environmentally friendly collection and temporary storage of hazardous household waste

21.04.2015 - 07.12.2019

Despite existing policy and regulatory frameworks in the field of national waste management in Bulgaria, efficient solutions for the waste problem are not yet employed. In order to address this, law-conforming systems for environmentally friendly collection and temporary storage of hazardous household waste (HHW) shall be established in a pilot project covering 22 pilot municipalities.


Environmentally sound disposal of obsolete pesticides

Worker with pesticides

21.04.2015 - 07.12.2019

The project aims to support Bulgaria in the environmentally friendly disposal of several thousand tons of dangerous obsolete chemicals from the days of Communist rule and thereby removes a serious threat to public health and environment.


Water sanitation in 10 medium-sized cities

01.04.2015 - 31.12.2020

This program includes the construction and expansion of existing sewerage systems and the construction of waste water treatment plants (WWTP) in medium-sized cities in Tunisia. It is planned to dedicate the Swiss financing for the construction of the WWTP in Tajérouine, for complementary measures and for the implementation consultant.


World Bank Capital Markets Strenghtening Facility

01.03.2015 - 31.12.2019

The Capital Markets Strengthening Facility is an innovative cross-cutting initiative with the overall objective to develop stable and resilient capital markets and to facilitate long-term local currency financing for sectors critical for economic growth and poverty reduction. SECO’s funds are earmarked to its priority countries in the 'South'.


Trade Cooperation Programme IV Components TWO (IPI) and THREE (Technopark)

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2019

This programme with Serbia is designed as an 'integrative' trade promotion package by SECO already implemented since 2003. The following programme aims at implementing a phase IV in different fields (WTO Policy, IPRs, High Tech Products).A cost and time extension concerning Component THREE was approved in July 2017 lasting until June 2019.



Financial Sector Strengthening Program

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2019

SECO contributes to strengthening the stability of the non-bank financial sector in Albania by supporting the Albanian Financial Supervisory Authority (AFSA) to build-up the relevant capacities to respond to immediate risks and prepare for near to medium-term capital market developments.


Improving Healthcare Hazardous Waste Management in Dakhaleya Governorate, Egypt

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2019

The Healthcare Hazardous Waste Management Project will realize one important aspect of the Egyptian National Strategy for Hazardous Medical Waste Management: the establishment of centralized incineration facilities including the required capacity building and training. The experience made with the project shall be fed back into the future discussion to revise and upgrade the strategy and into a policy dialog to improve health care waste management in Egypt.


Africa Transport Policy Programme (SSATP)

15.12.2014 - 31.12.2019

This project aims at supporting the Urban Mobility and Accessibility Thematic Cluster of the Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP) hosted within the World Bank, a program with a strong African ownership facilitating policy development and related capacity-building in the transport sector of Africa.


Pilot Auction Facility for Methane and Climate Change Mitigation Framework

31.10.2014 - 31.12.2022

The Pilot Auction Facility for Methane and Climate Change Mitigation ('PAF') is an innovative results-based climate finance facility aimed at stimulating investment in low-cost greenhouse gas emission reductions. The PAF would auction put options that guarantee a floor price on carbon emission reduction credits ('ERs').


SIFEM Technical Assistance for the CASEIF III Fund

01.10.2014 - 31.12.2019

The project will support investee companies of the CASEIF III Fund, in which SIFEM is invested, in mainly the following four areas: (i) Environment & Social standards and quality certification, (ii) corporate governance, (iii) financial reporting and accounting, (iv) HR, including gender specific social security schemes- antidiscrimination)


Bishkek Water Supply Project II

30.09.2014 - 30.06.2020

SECO has a longstanding partnership with the Kyrgyz Government aiming to develop and strengthen the urban water and sewerage sector of the country. Responding to the significant institutional and infrastructural needs, SECO engaged in 2009 in the Bishkek Water Supply Project (Phase I) on co-financing basis with EBRD. After the positive results achieved in phase I and taking into account the still existing need of the city, it was decided to contribute to a second phase of the project. This project will further rehabilitate the water and waste water infrastructure of Bishkek, the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic. The project with an overall budget of EUR 17,6 million, will be financed by an EBRD loan of EUR 8,5 mio., a grant by GEF of EUR 1,15 mio. and a grant by SECO of EUR 7,98 mio.

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