Protect lives and livelihoods worldwide by supporting innovations in water, sanitation and hygiene
Oxfam's Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Innovation Fund encourages creative in-country ideas from among our engineers and public health promoters, local experts and organisations, using their experience and talent to address current priority gaps and challenges for WASH. To date, 13 pilot projects have received seed funding, with notable success. This year, we are looking to build on this experience to support eight more groundbreaking projects that demonstrate innovative thinking, approaches and technologies.
With your support we aim to:
- Encourage creative thinking to find new WASH approaches and technologies to identify and address gaps in knowledge and practice, through supporting eight pilot innovation projects across the world;
- Develop a body of evidence and field-tested research, by documenting the outcomes of pilot interventions, and promote their rapid uptake and development by communities and organisations;
- Enable a permanent change in the water, sanitation and public health sector by documenting and widely sharing lessons and learning, to help save hundreds of thousands of lives and livelihoods globally.
Who will benefit?
The Fund will support vulnerable communities in any of the 35 countries where Oxfam has WASH programmes, with the potential to lift people out of poverty through research or innovation. Due to the Fund's flexibility, the exact number of beneficiaries or locations where projects will be supported cannot be indicated at this stage. Each pilot project is expected to directly benefit tens of thousands of people, particularly women and children who are most affected by a lack of accessible clean water or sanitation.