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It is with great pleasure that we present the third edition of the RésEAU Brief series, a medium to share SDC’s
learnings from water related projects and programmes at
the global level. This edition focuses on how sanitation
market systems can be developed, that are accessible
to the poor, sustainable and that consider climate risks,
drawing from experience in Bangladesh.
More than five years into the SDGs and with 2030 in
sight, the world is not on track to reach SDG target 6.2,
to achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation
and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying
special attention to the needs of women and girls and
those in vulnerable situations. In 2020, 3.6 billion people
lacked safely managed services, that is improved facilities
not shared with other households and where excreta are
safely disposed of in situ or removed and treated offsite.
Of these, approximately half (1.9 billion) had basic services: improved facilities not shared with other households
(WHO-UNICEF; 2021:49). Important progress has been
made, especially also in Eastern and South-Eastern Asia,
where population numbers not yet included in sanitation
cover are high and where it is challenging to reach especially rural populations.
Achieving universal access to safely managed services by
2030 will require a fourfold increase in current rates
of progress (15x in least developed countries and 9x in
fragile contexts) (WHO-UNICEF; 2021:9). This makes it
paramount to ensure that current sanitation investments
are climate and disaster resilient and designed considering environmental risks. This responds to SDG target
13.1, to strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to
climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries by 2030.
SDC and its partners in Bangladesh have contributed to
access to sanitation focussing on the rural population,
through an approach that develops market systems
in sanitation. The premise is that access to water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services needs to
be ensured as a public service for poor and disadvantaged populations and as such a result of inclusive water
governance. At the same time, access can be enabled
through economic development, drawing in and developing private sector players (see the Swiss CooperationProgramme Bangladesh 2022–25). In addition, given rising social and economic losses due largely to weather
extremes, WASH services will need to consider climate
and disaster risk reduction measures. For the future,
the consideration of climate change and disaster risks
and minimizing harmful effects to the environment is to
happen in at least 30% of SDC’s portfolio in Bangladesh.
A concrete example on how is given in this brief.
In this RésEAU Brief, SDC staff and partners share their
learnings from practice on how inclusive and sustainable
sanitation market systems can be developed, to spark inspiration and offer guidance for similar actions. For further reading and a full range of resources, please refer
to the RésEAU Shareweb, and keep up with sector news
through our news site.
We wish you happy reading and welcome comments!
Read the full Brief here: RésEAU Brief 3-August 2022.pdf
SDC RésEAU Focal Point
firstname.lastname@example.org Syeda Zinia Rashid,
Senior Programme Officer of
the Embassy of Switzerland in
Editor RésEAU Brief and
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