Water and sanitation are at the very core of sustainable development, critical to the survival of people and the planet. Water resources are sources for food production, energy and the core of health. Management and distribution of water resources are essential for economic development, poverty reduction and gender equality. Today it is about much more than building wells: How do we look after our water resources, how do we ensure equitable distribution and management of water resources locally and globally, and how do we sustainably balance the different purposes in both environmental, social and economic terms, and how can we involve local's knowledge in the development of technologies and water infrastructure etc.
Water is essential for humanity. In 2010, the UN General Assembly stated the right to water and sanitation as a human right, and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation is essential for the realization of all human rights. UNGARE64 / 292
Disease control is a central and important theme in EWB-DK’s projects on water and sanitation. EWB-DK therefore not only ensures access to clean water but combines it with education in hygiene for local communities and establish local health committees which maintains information about the importance of good hygiene to locals. Through the establishment of water wells and latrines as well as education in the maintenance of these systems and good hygiene practices, EWB-DK’s projects achieve a strong positive influence on general health and the living standards in small local communities.
EWB-DK’s competencies and activities within WASH
Partners and Practice
EWB-DK works with professional partners, regional and local authorities, local communities and populations, and other NGOs. EWB-DK supports professional partners with technical assessment, capacity building, technical design, and education, as well as regular coordination, reporting and follow up visits.
EWB-DK supports the local partner with technical expertise where local knowledge is not sufficient and where the local partner can further develop their facilities, organisational capacity and secure an income for their communities.
Coordinators for the thematic network WASH: Thorkil Boisen
Contact EWB-DK’s secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org, if you wish to become a part of the thematic network for Water and Sanitation and Hygiene.
Water is a basic condition for all life on earth, and therefore a prerequisite for sustainable development. A very large amount of people living in poverty do not have access to clean water and basic sanitation. Read more
UN’s goal 6 is set to change our world.
EWB-DK has worked for establishing access to clean drinking water after the severe flood and mudslide in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone in august 2017