Switzerland, as a major supporter of the Sustainable Development Goal 6 for water and sanitation, contributes to the World Bank's Global Water Security & Sanitation Partnership (GWSP). Since its launch in 2017, the water trust fund has attracted many donors, including the bilateral agencies from the USA, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, The Netherlands, the UK, Australia, Switzerland, plus the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The World Bank immediately reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic and programmes adaptations were made, since water and sanitation play a central role, especially for preventing the spread of the disease.
For washing hands, enough water of acceptable quality is a key requirement. However, it is often not available in peri-urban and rural areas of low and middle-income countries.
Water affects all four areas of the World Bank support package:
Equally, the World Bank is committed to maintaining the
supply chains with materials and products that are necessary for
wastewater treatment, irrigation in food production. An example of how
this may look in practice has been documented for the case of Bangladesh
– 2020 / 2021
2 million per year
Global Water Security & Sanitation Partnership
Contact: Isabella Pagotto of the Global Programme Water