WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE
TWF believes that access to clean drinking water, sanitation and improved hygiene is one of the core requirements to support the sustainable development of a community. Without access to these basic resources people can spend a huge amount of time every day collecting water, whilst water-borne diseases will remain prevalent. This can significantly restrict an individual’s ability to gain an education or contribute towards household income-generation. This has a particularly damaging impact on women and girls because of their traditional household role in many cultures.
TWF believes that access to improved sanitation is of equal importance to access to an improved water source. The Foundation is keen to support programmes which take an integrated approach to addressing both sanitation and access to clean drinking water.
We recognise that there is a need for improved water, sanitation and hygiene in schools as well as in communities. Where projects are working in school environments, they should consider the needs of adolescent girls and specifically seek to address menstrual hygiene management as part of any project. This should include appropriate latrine facilities for girls and female teachers, as well as increasing students’ understanding about menstruation and their access to sanitary products. For further guidance about how these issues can be addressed, please refer to the Menstrual Hygiene Matters manual here.
In exceptional circumstances TWF will also consider providing support for the development of the technical capacity of the water and sanitation sector, where this is demonstrated to be particularly effective.
Examples of organisations which TWF has previously supported under our Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programme can be found here.
INFORMATION FOR GRANT APPLICANTS
Our priority is to fund programmes which can demonstrate that they deliver these aims in a highly effective manner with long-term impact. You must therefore make reference to the following in your application:
- evidence from previous work undertaken to indicate that your organisation has a history of delivering successful integrated water and sanitation programmes
- evidence that your improved water sources have remained operational a number of years after your original programme was completed
- evidence that improvements in sanitation practices have been sustained since your original programme was completed.
If your funding application is taken forward to the next stage of assessment, we would then expect you to be able to address the following (where relevant):
- Respond to concerns about the sustainability of WASH interventions, and have considered life-cycle costs;1
- Demonstrate you are working in coordination with local Government and/or other NGOs delivering WASH interventions in the area;
- Describe how the programme will strengthen institutions and policies at local government and/or national levels to support ongoing service delivery approaches;2
- Refer to activities in the programme which will improve the sustainable supply of spare parts for water infrastructure.3
To find out how to apply for funding, click here.
2 Water Services That Last - Service Delivery Approach
3 RWSN Sustainable Supply Chains
for Rural Water Services