Research for action

The 2017 Joint Monitoring Report, published in July, states that serious efforts have been made since the Millennium Development Goals to improve access to safe water and sanitation around the world. However, disparities remain, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and for the rural poor, more drastic for sanitation. This project aims to reduce this gap, by supporting applied research, transformative innovations, capacity development and networking, which will answer to the needs and requirements of the targeted population.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
A nivel mundial
Saneamiento de agua
Abastecimiento de agua
01.01.2027 - 31.12.2030
CHF  4’786’000
Objetivos The overall goal of this proposal is to better living standards through improved access to safe drinking water and integrated sanitation system solutions that respond to the needs and capabilities of the poor and vulnerable population which are harder to reach through traditional development. Ultimately, these should be fostered and implemented by local and national governments and/or international actors and private stakeholders in the WASH sector. This contribution will also encourage working on improving access to data and information, and foremost developing and disseminating expert knowledge through free or low-cost educational methods. To reach this goal, the Global Programme Water has decided to partner with a Swiss research institute, eawag. One of the Swiss leaders in the field of water and sanitation, eawag has built a strong network of partners, with international research institutes, governments, international donors and organisations. Its pro-poor approach, searching accessible and affordable solutions to the problem of lack of water and sanitation, providing trainings and manuals, is in line with supporting the implementation of the SDG 6.
Efectos a medio plazo

Selection of research themes and capacity development topics is driven by global importance and the relevance to improving the situation for the poor, further expressed through demand by multiple local stakeholders, NGOs and bi- and multi-lateral development agencies. Problem-oriented applied research and capacity development are two main elements of the proposal. A particular focus will be given to the most vulnerable population suffering high disease burden and contextualisation in terms of gender roles, promoting equality and combating discrimination.

The thematic areas of intervention, research and capacity development are defined as:

  • Access to safe and affordable drinking water
  • Access to safe and adequate environmental sanitation
  • Knowledge dissemination and support to decision-making

This research programme will contribute to a range of objectives set by SDC’s Global Programme Water (GPW) Strategy 2017-2020. Specifically, it will contribute to components 2 (Water solutions), 3 (Water voice) and 4 (Young people and gender equality). Component 1 of the Strategy (Water governance) is less of a direct focus, though providing tools for decision-making should ultimately improve governance.


Resultados de las fases anteriores:   This project is not a new contribution in itself, but is born through the merging and refocusing of three different GPW contributions to eawag, to improve: efficiency in management, synergetic opportunities, and dissemination strategies. Past funding of SDC has achieved significant outcomes in dissemination, advocacy and capacity development, influencing policy and practice in low and middle income countries.

Dirección / Officina Federal responsable COSUDE
Crédito Cooperación al desarrollo
Contrapartes del proyecto Contraparte del contrato
Institución académica y de investigación suiza

Coordinación con otros proyectos y actores Traditionally working in the peri-urban and small town areas, Eawag strives to bridge the gap for the forgotten fringe of the population usually outside the city perimeters of public service provision, but still in densely populated areas. In such cases, the potential for impactful improvement of the living conditions with targeted efficient solutions is high. The institute also works in rural areas, developing innovative and cost-efficient solutions which take into consideration the often challenging local conditions and capabilities. 
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