This report describes the state of WASH advocacy, including an assessment of the current field, goals to drive future WASH advocacy, and opportunities for the WASH sector to become more effective in its work. The report's findings are based on interviews conducted with more than 60 experts in the WASH sector, as well as interviews with advocacy experts from other sectors. Recommendations for the sector are included.
- The U.S. government contributed over $800 million to WASH-related efforts in 2009.
- Much of the current funding is directed to regions of political priority rather than to sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia where the need is most severe.
- There is a serious lack of a strong evidence base about the effectiveness and sustainability of WASH programs and services to support advocacy efforts and to improve practice in the field.
- Multilateral organizations, for example, contributed nearly $10 billion in financing to WASH-related projects in 2009, a $2.5 billion increase over 2008.
- Despite the importance of WASH issues to a sustainable business environment, only a handful of corporations have been active supporters to date.