Access to clean water and adequate sanitation is 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 established the WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) Innovation Fund in 2009, to respond to these challenges and to identify practical solutions that can then be adapted and replicated more widely to potentially benefit hundreds of thousands of people.
This year, we are supporting projects in eight countries across the world: Bangladesh, Georgia, Kenya, Liberia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, and South Sudan. 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.