Research for action: Water, Behavior Change and Envi-ronmental Sanitation: Sustainable Solutions to Research, Knowledge and Professionalization (WABES)

Equitable access to safe water and sanitation facilities and services is by far not achieved and a stronger push on multiple levels will be necessary over the next decade to reach SDG 6.  This includes developing and using innovative technologies, based on applied research, to foster affordable and sustainable solutions for increased access to safe water and adequate sanitation. To this aim, the SDC continues its fruitful collaboration with the Swiss Research Institute Eawag.

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
01.08.2022 - 31.12.2026
CHF  3’288’000
Hintergrund Although access to safe drinking water and sanitation has been recognised as a Human Right since 2010, 2 billion people still lacked safely managed drinking water, and an estimated 4 billion people still do not have safely managed sanitation. Data shows sharp geographic, sociocultural and economic disparities in access leading to health threats, especially with the poor, marginalized and vulnerable groups. A lot therefore remains to be done.
Ziele A water secure world, where people have the knowledge and capacity to live healthy lives with safely managed services (safe water, solid waste management and sanitation) and the means to recover and utilise resources.

·         residents of urban/peri-urban areas/selected small towns in Sub-Saharan
         Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America

·         national and local utilities and authorities, specialized NGO’s and universities
         in these regions

·        for capacity development/knowledge dissemination: practitioners, students,
         academics, development partners and authorities world-wide, with special foci
         on Central Asia and MENA region (products in Arabic and Russian foreseen)

Mittelfristige Wirkungen

Outcome 1: Improved and equitable access to safely managed water

Outcome 2:  Improved and equitable access to safely managed environmental sanitation, considering circular economy principles

Outcome 3:  Integrated, inclusive planning for safely managed water and waste services is available and applied in small towns of Sub-Saharan Africa

Outcome 4:  Knowledge and expertise/training content is used and applied in practice by students and development practitioners


Erwartete Resultate:  

·         Recommendations on optimal degree of treatment decentralization for   
          rural/small-town piped water supply available

·         Solutions for dynamic operation of faecal sludge treatment

·         A validated integrated planning approach for safely managed water and
          waste services in small towns for national/regional uptake

·        Improved uptake and application of developed knowledge (knowledge

Resultate von früheren Phasen:   Main results of the first phase include the production and dissemination of key water and sanitation sector publications and repositories such as the Water Compendium, the online GAP platform, the IWA book Methods for Faecal Sludge Analysis (2021) and an update of the renowned MOOC-series “Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development” as well as the uptake of the conceptual work on City-wide Inclusive Sanitation. On an outcome level, sanitation planning in two pilot towns in Nepal provided a blueprint for a generic city sanitation planning framework for Nepal. In addition, an external evaluation i.a. highlighted two key issues, namely (i) the need for an intervention logic that goes beyond Eawag’s contribution and (ii) the need for more comprehensive knowledge brokerage.

Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
Schweizerische Hochschul- und Forschungsinstitution
  • Ausländischer Privatsektor Norden

Koordination mit anderen Projekten und Akteuren

Eawag benefits from a large network of research partners (> 40 organisations) in the South, on which they will lean on and/or collaborate with.

Specific links synergies with the Humanitarian Aid through Eawag’s backstopping mandate.

Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF    3’288’000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF    443’760