Access to clean water and adequate sanitation is a basic human right. It is crucial in breaking the cycle of poverty, and in supporting young people to fulfil their potential. Considerable progress has been made over the past two decades. However, nearly 800 million people still lack access to clean water, and 2.5 billion to sanitation.
Oxfam has WASH programmes in over 35 countries worldwide, and works in rural and urban areas, in camps for refugees and internally-displaced persons, and amongst host communities. Each project tests new technologies and approaches to address people's water and sanitation needs in a sustainable way. Local communities are involved in decision-making and project delivery.