Swiss Water and Sanitation Consortium (SWSC) – eight Swiss NGOs are joining forces for greater impact

Created in 2011, the SWSC brings together eight Swiss organizations implementing jointly a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme in Africa and South Asia. Besides providing access to WASH services to over 850,000 people in communities, 160,000 students in schools, and 1.6 million patients in health care facilities, it also proved successful in experience-sharing and learning, as well as strengthening the Swiss profile in advocacy and policy dialogue. The development of the Blue Schools kit was a major achievement of the Consortium and demonstrates how joining forces can yield greater impact.

After completing two successful phases, Phase 3 has just been launched, with WASH in institutions as an entry point to increase water and sanitation coverage. The focus is on rolling out SWSC's signature approaches (Blue Schools and WASH in Health Care Facilities) and to build solid evidence of their effectiveness for further advocacy.

A child washing his hands in a Blue School in Benin (EPECS project, Helvetas)

Duration: April 2020 – September 2023

Budget: CHF 14.8 million (phase 3)

Organisations: Caritas Switzerland, Fastenopfer, HEKS/EPER, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, Solidar, Swissaid, Swiss Red Cross and Terre des hommes

Outputs: Improved WASH access for 45,000 pupils (127 schools) and 38 health care facilities covering 380,000 patient

Website: SWSC

Contact: Pierre Kistler of the Global Programme Water, or Daya Moser of the SWC