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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 safe sanitation and good hygiene is of equal importance to access to a clean water source.  The Foundation is keen to support programmes which take an integrated approach to addressing access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

We recognise that there is a need for improved water, sanitation and hygiene in institutions, as well as in communities.  Where projects are working in school environments, they should consider the needs of girls and women, and specifically seek to address menstrual hygiene management as part of any project.  In a school setting 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.

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.



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, sanitation and hygiene programmes
  • evidence that your improved water sources and sanitation infrastructure have remained operational over a number of years
  • evidence that improvements in the use and management of water and sanitation infrastructure, and hygiene practices have been sustained over a number of years

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 and community involvement;
  • 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;
  • Refer to activities in the programme which will improve the sustainable supply of spare parts for water infrastructure.





Last updated Thursday 29 December, 2016