Vision and mission
WaterAid's vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation.
Now it is easier to fetch water and go to the toilet. Our hygiene has improved and there isn’t diarrhea and dysentery like before.
Moti Kumari, Nepal
WaterAid transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world's poorest communities. We work with partners and influence decision-makers to maximize our impact.
What we do
WaterAid enables the world's poorest people to gain access to safe water and sanitation. Together with improved hygiene, these basic human rights underpin health, education and livelihoods, forming the first essential step in overcoming poverty.
We work with local partners, who understand local issues, and provide them with the skills and support to help communities set up and manage practical and sustainable projects that meet their real needs.
We also work locally and internationally to change policy and practice and ensure that water, hygiene and sanitation's vital role in reducing poverty is recognized.
Realizing the vision
We are committed to addressing the vital need for safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation head on. We aim to increase our impact both directly on the ground through our partner organizations, and indirectly by influencing others and promoting best practice in the field and in our offices.
We aim above all to be honest, accountable, effective, innovative and flexible. As a learning organization, we are constantly evolving. An emphasis on research, analysis, evaluation and dissemination is vital to our future.
We rely on every member of the team - partners, donors, staff, volunteers and trustees. It is only when all parties work together that we can realize our shared vision of a world in which everyone has access to safe water and sanitation.
Moti Kumari at a WaterAid-funded tapstand in Tangmang, Nepal.
Credit: WaterAid / Marco Betti
We strive to deliver clean water, sanitation and hygiene education services in an equitable, integrated and sustainable manner.
Read about our guiding principles
We undertake research to inform our advocacy and lobbying work calling for pro-poor water and sanitation policies.
Read about our advocacy work