Sanitation is the most off-track of the Millennium Development Goals, with over 2.5 billion people on the planet still lacking access to a toilet. A further 748 million people have no access to clean drinking water.
The reasons why hundreds of millions of people are not able to access water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services are complex and the fragmented nature of the WASH sector is a real handicap to progress. In general, countries with an overarching WASH sector plan, led by government, with support from partners, tend to do better in delivering services.
Without a step change in financing and delivery of water and sanitation programmes, the new Goal for this sector will not be met, and as a consequence, millions of people will fail to be lifted out of poverty.
Oshun has been working at number of levels in the sector.
The Sanitation and Water for All Partnership is a key part of the global institutional architecture for WASH provision. The SWA Partnership brings together stakeholders from many sectors and hold a biennial High Level Meeting. In 2014, this generated 379 commitments to address barriers to delivering sustainable water and sanitation services.
The new Global Goals for Sustainable Development will create a framework for action from 2015-2030. Many development institutions and partnerships are reviewing their objectives to ensure they are fit for purpose to deliver the challenging agenda. Our work with the SWA Partnership involved reviewing their partnership model and, building on their experiences, generating new proposals for a forward strategy.
New financing facilities
It is clear that the new Sustainable Development Goal will require additional financing to deliver. The founder of One Water, Duncan Goose, came to Oshun with an inspired idea. His company generates profits from bottled water sales which endow The One Foundation. In turn the foundation supports programmes for clean drinking water in Africa. What if, this model could be scaled globally?
In 2013, the global bottled water industry was worth $157bn, and accounted for 310bn litres of water sales. The sector is anticipated to grow to $280bn and 465bn litres by 2020. If we could leverage 1 cent per litre from every bottle of water sold globally. This could create a fund in excess of $3bn per annum, generating a substantive new financial resource to fill the financing gap for water resource management, clean water for households and sanitation
Oshun developed the analysis and a political strategy for a Global Fund for Water. We are really excited about the potential for idea to be life changing for millions.
Read the full paper: A Global Fund for Water Report