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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Africa Corporate Governance Program

01.02.2014 - 30.06.2020

The regional program aims to improve corporate governance policies and practices in selected countries in Africa. By promoting good corporate governance operational efficiency and performance of companies can be improved.


Tax Administration Diagnostic and Assessement Tool (TADAT) Trust Fund

01.01.2014 - 31.12.2019

The overall objective of the TADAT Trust Fund is to establish a methodology and a tool for assessing tax administration performance, the Tax Administration Diagnostic and Assessment Tool (TADAT). The activities include the drafting of the diagnostic tool itself (the TADAT), the definition of the institutional setting ant governance structure around the TADAT, the establishment of the TADAT Secretariat, the conduct of pilot diagnostic assessments, and the establishment of appropriate quality assurance mechanisms.


Sanad Fund

01.01.2014 - 31.03.2028

The Sanad Fund is an investment vehicle, that provides debt and equity financing to banks and microfinance institutions. The ultimate beneficiaries are micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. The Middle East and North African region is the main target region of the Sanad Fund.


North Tajik II Water Supply Project

01.01.2014 - 31.12.2019

Urban water supply in Tajikistan is in bad condition due to the lack of maintenance since the break-up of the Soviet Union. This project aims at improving the water supply in four cities in the North of Tajikistan through the combination of three components: physical investments, corporate development and consumer participation.


Wastewater Treatment Plant Gjakova with KfW

01.01.2014 - 31.12.2019

SECO is entering with this project the domain of wastewater treatment by cofinancing the construction of a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in Gjakova with KfW.


Support to the State Audit of Vietnam

01.01.2014 - 31.12.2019

Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) are key in any Public Financial Management system because they foster accountability and transparency. The State Audit of Vietnam (SAV) is Vietnam's external oversight function. It has recently gained constitutional recognition and has formulated a comprehensive development plan.


Improved Water and Wastewater Services Program - Phase II

01.07.2013 - 31.12.2023

The Improved Water and Wastewater Services Program - Phase II (IWSP II) plans to increase the coverage of water supply systems and wastewater treatment infrastructure in four Governorates of Upper Egypt (Qena, Assiout, Minya, Sohag).


The Sustainable Trade Initiative IDH

30.06.2013 - 31.12.2021

IDH is a neutral convener that brings together companies in a safe pre-competitive arena, acts as facilitator to organize cooperation between companies, NGOs, governments, knowledge institutes, banks and trade unions. IDH kick-starts sustainability programs by co-funding and de-risking private investments, and helps exploring new concepts that will help create scalable, self-sustaining solutions that deliver impact at scale on Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on: improved livelihoods of smallholder farmers and increased, decent incomes for workers to help end poverty (SDG1), promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth (SDG 8), improve gender equality (SDG 5), nutrition (SDG 2) and help to halt deforestation (SDG 15) and reduce toxic loading.


Kant Water Supply Project

01.06.2013 - 31.12.2019

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 2013 in the Kant Water Supply Project (Phase I) on co-financing basis with EBRD. The municipality and water company have engaged in a public private partnership scheme. The project will rehabilitate the water and partly the waste water infrastructure of Kant and improve the management of the water company. The project with an overall budget of EUR 7,65 million, will be financed by an EBRD loan of EUR 1,5 mio., a grant by EBRD of EUR 0,45 mio. and a grant by SECO of EUR 5,7 mio.



Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services

01.03.2013 - 31.12.2019

Human wellbeing is highly dependent on ecosystems and biodiversity, yet these critical natural resources are being degraded at alarming rates. Part of the solution lies in better informed policy making, in both public and private sectors, which take into account the full value of the benefits from ecosystems. WAVES and the Natural Capital Accounting Program help developing countries to value their natural capital and ecosystem services and how to use this information for policy making in favour of a sustainable development.


Public finance management - Subnational Strengthening Program

14.02.2013 - 31.12.2019

This program aims at providing technical assistance and training to Peruvian subnational governments in the area of public finance management (PFM). The objective is to improve public services delivery and increase cost transparency at the decentralized level. In Peru, regional governments and local governments represent more than 40% of total public spending. However, very little systematic action has been directed so far to support the strengthening and modernization of regional and local governments, thus reducing the capacity of sub-national governments to soundly deliver key public services in areas such as education, health, water and sanitation, waste management, public transport, and security.

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