Today is World Toilet Day, and we’re excited to share the results of our four-year sanitation hygiene programme – all verified externally by independent evaluation and monitoring experts.
This year’s theme revolves around the search for nature-based solutions and sustainability. The fragility of our ecosystems begs for governments, the international community and civil society to develop smarter and more sustainable solutions to the sanitation challenge. Our Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for All approach – active since 2008 – is making a contribution to just that.
Independently verified results of our Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for All Results Programme implementation (2014-2017)  found that approximately 2.5 million more people now have access to sanitation. That’s half a million more than the programme’s projected target of 2 million!
Beyond the SSH4A RP's programme, the success rate of our rural sanitation programme was compared against findings of an academic review of literature on sanitation interventions and latrine coverage. During World Water Week 2018, University of Nevada, Reno's Dr Joshua Garn, on behalf of the resarch team , announced that our approach increased access to improved sanitation (based on JMP) three times (47%) higher than the average of 14% .
For SNV, there is nothing more effective than working locally. That is, strengthening the capacity of:
- national and local governments that are duty-bound to enable people’s right to water and sanitation,
- the private sector and suppliers to provide responsive and quality service, and a wide range of durable sanitation options that use locally available materials, and
- the national WASH sector to seek out synergies, invest on learning and knowledge management.
Explore the map below to access our results.
 SSH4A Results Programme, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), is a programme that started in 2014. During 2017, the programme was extended to 2020. Part of the extension period's focus is to enable access to new and improved sanitation and hygiene facilities. Visit the country pages of the SSH4A RP programme, and access the latest practice briefs documenting the first year of extension programme implementation.
 The group of researchers consist of Emory University's Dr Matthew Freeman and University of Reno's Dr Joshua Garn and Dr Paschal Apanga. Journal contributions on SSH4A are forthcoming next year. For more information on the team's findings, read Dr Garn's blog.
 The 14% refers to the average success rate of 27 sanitation interventions examined for the review of related literature.
Photo: Toilet construction in Dhamaura, Mahottari at the terai region of Nepal (SNV/ Nico Hertweck)