WaterAid is an international non governmental organisation dedicated exclusively to the provision of safe domestic water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest people. These most basic services are essential to life; without them vulnerable communities are trapped in the stranglehold of disease and poverty. We work by helping local organisations set up low cost, sustainable projects using appropriate technology that can be managed by the community itself.
We also seek to influence the policies of other key organisations, such as governments, to secure and protect the right of poor people to safe, affordable water and sanitation services. We are independent and rely heavily on voluntary support. We are committed to addressing the vital need for safe water and sanitation head on. We aim to increase our impact both directly on the ground through our partner organisations, and indirectly by influencing others and promoting best practice in the field and in our offices. We aim above all to be honest, accountable, effective, innovative and flexible. As a learning organisation, we are constantly evolving.
An emphasis on research, analysis, evaluation and dissemination is vital to our future. We rely on every member of the team – partners, donors, staff, volunteers and trustees. It is only when all parties work together that we can realise our shared vision of a world in which everyone has access to safe water and effective sanitation.
We work in both rural and urban areas, and currently have programmes in 17 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.