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Highlighting Nonprofits #9-16 for International Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

January 27th, 2012

Of course, there are more than just 8 organizations making a major impact on International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene issues. Here is some more information about the great work and impact top expert-identified nonprofits #9-16 are making.


Most experts mention one of’s strengths is their micro-finance program, Water Credit. Water Credit  allows households to obtain loans for water and sanitations services that they are willing to pay for, but can’t afford to purchase up front. Their projects are focused on long-term sustainability and are innovative and well researched. They also have a great public presence. Read more about them here.

#10 IDE (International Development Enterprises)

IDE uses technology and business in their development work. They refine a pro-poor technology, develops a market for that technology, supports business development to provide the technology, and then backs out to let the market drive the availability of the technology. Their approach has facilitated led to value chain development that leads to systemic change. In addition, a large number of people are reported to use their product.  Read more about them here.

#11 WASH Advocacy Initiative

WASH Advocacy Initiative came out of Water Advocates, which was an organization established for the years 2005-2010 to advocate with the U.S. government on behalf of robust commitment to and funding for global water, sanitation and hygiene programs in countries of greatest need. Water Advocates ceased to exist in Dec 31, 2011, and a transition organization, WASH Advocacy Initiatives continued on with this work in 2011. Most experts applauded WASH Advocacy Initiative for their strong advocacy work and are actively helping to change policy. One expert even cited that they are the only independent NGO that is dedicated solely to advocacy on behalf of WASH. They have an excellent reputation among WASH professionals. They are very open and collaborative with other organizations. They are not dependent on donor decisions and are mission focused. They are ultimately a connector rather than an implemented, and have built a strong network and connections with all the organizations working on water, sanitation, and hygiene globally. Read more about them here.

#12 Plan International

Plan International is extremely active in Community-Led Total Sanitation and have been successful in the sanitation space. Read more about them here.

#13 Save the Children

Most experts mentioned that Save the Children is a large, well established organization. Their main target is to serve vulnerable children, and their WASH programs at schools have been great.  Read more about them here.

#14 World Vision International

Experts mention that World Vision International has a high presence and impact in Africa. They have large-scale projects that reach the poorest of the poor and impacts many communities. Read more about them here.

#15 Practical Action

A couple of experts recommended Practical Action because of their strong research ,and publication. They also have a deep commitment to working in partnership with local organizations and building local capacity to ensure sustainability of programs.  Read more about them here.


And there’s so much more! View our entire list of expert-identified nonprofits for International Water, Sanitation & Hygiene here: and dig deeper to review what experts had to say about each organization. These organizations are doing important work in the field of International Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, so please consider donating to them to show your support. You can feel confident that your donation is going to support an outstanding group of nonprofits making a real impact on International Water, Sanitation & Hygiene.

WaterAid: #1 Expert-Identified Nonprofit for International Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

January 26th, 2012

Today we honor the #1 expert-identified nonprofit for International Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, WaterAid. They do excellent work on advocacy to create systemic change in the Water/Sanitation/hygiene sectors at the national levels in multiple countries. Read an example here:


Forty year old mother of six Suzanna Tuwan lives in Takkas, in Nigeria’s mountainous Plateau state.  WaterAid and local partner organization COWAN have helped her community to dig a well fitted with a handpump, construct latrines and learn about good hygiene.


Previously, Suzanna and the other women of Takkas had to collect water from a river nearly an hour’s walk away. In the dry season, they would have to dig into the riverbed to find water.  Between water collection and caring for children frequently sick with diarrhea, life was tough.


Suzanna appreciates WaterAid’s approach of providing water, sanitation and hygiene, as she described:


“Before we had the well it used to take at least two hours just to collect water from the river. Now it takes less than 30 minutes to fetch water.”


“Since we received hygiene education I make sure that we always wash our hands before and after we eat and after we defecate. I make sure the children clean themselves properly and that the house and grounds are swept. Before this diarrhea was common with the children, now we almost never see it.”


“With the extra time I have and the money we save now that we are not always having to buy medicine for the children, I felt able to take advantage of a small business loan from COWAN. I used the money to buy cement to start building latrine slabs for people in the village. I built the slab for our own latrine.”


“I would like to see everyone in the village get a latrine, because it is so much better to use a latrine than to go to the bush. That is the main reason I decided to learn to build slabs and get our own latrine – to stop my children using the bush. It is not healthy.”


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WaterAid effective water and sanitation programs and advocacy has raised awareness among local governments about the importance of clean water and sanitation. They use evidence-based data to guide their work and is a leader in publishing their field research and advocacy papers. They have also helped tens of millions of people gain access to clean water and sanitation facilities. Read more expert reviews here about WaterAid

Water for People: #2 Expert-Identified Nonprofit for International Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

January 25th, 2012

Our #2 nonprofit, Water for People, They have evidence based programming and long-term engagement with beneficiary populations. Read the following material about their opinions and actions:


Water For People helps people in developing countries improve quality of life by supporting the development of locally sustainable drinking water resources, sanitation facilities, and hygiene education programs.


Around the world, 884 million people do not have access to safe drinking water and 2.6 billion are without adequate sanitation facilities. Every day, nearly 6,000 people who share our planet die from water-related illnesses, and the vast majority are children.


But the real failures are all the broken pumps, filled latrines, and solutions that aren’t. We want to change all that. The solution? Programs that last and examine entire districts and regions rather than purely households and villages. Create solutions that last, and not only do people benefit for a long period, but organizations don’t have to expend time and energy going back again and again to the same location.


Our vision is a world where all people have access to safe drinking water and sanitation, a world where no one suffers or dies from a water- or sanitation-related disease. That vision is within reach and we hope you’ll join us.


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Most experts applaud Water for People’s commitment to sustainability, monitoring and evaluation. WFP have pushed the sector forward on sustainability and evidence over the long term, where many experts have described as lacking in the WASH sector. Many experts specifically mentioned the success of their FLOW project, which is a platform for monitoring ongoing operation of water systems throughout the developing world. Their staff collects data and evaluates their program on a regular basis, and their impact is global, in which they work in multiple countries, often in difficult areas. They are a leading organization in the sector. To learn more about Water for People, read more expert reviews here.

UNICEF: #3 Expert-Identified Nonprofit for International Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

January 24th, 2012

Today we honor the #3 expert-identified nonprofits: UNICEF. The UNICEF network, which not only touches nearly every international NGO working in water, reaches across cumbersome UN agencies, provides emergency aid and knows how to work on the ground within complex political systems. Read the following story as an example of their influences:


BADIN DISTRICT, SINDH, Pakistan (October 8, 2011) — Lado Shero holds her 3-year-old granddaughter Shama tenderly to her body as she sits on the ground in a makeshift roadside shelter in the severely flood-affected Badin District, in southern Sindh Province.


Shama has contracted diarrhea and has been vomiting, said Lado, looking worriedly at her young granddaughter. A relief agency provided medicine for the diarrhea, which is helping, but her family’s situation along with thousands of others remains dire.


Following the Pakistani Government’s recent invite to the UN to provide humanitarian assistance, UNICEF has provided a local drinking water supply for children and their families at the camp. A 1,500 liter water bladder has been set up just down the road, which is filled by water tanker twice daily. The clean water supply will make a positive difference in the health of children at the camp.


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All experts who recommended UNICEF mentioned its global reach and impact. The UNICEF network touches nearly every international NGO working in water. For example they are placing household water treatment as a key strategy for increasing access to safe drinking water–and because of their credibility, other international NGO are including household water treatment in their strategy. Read more expert reviews here about them

IRC (International Water and Sanitation Centre): #4 Expert-Identified Nonprofit for International Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

January 23rd, 2012

Today we honor the #4 expert-identified nonprofits for International Water Sanitation & Hygiene: IRC (International Water and Sanitation Centre). IRC leverages impact through its innovation and action research, which provides clearer insights into the challenges and solutions around sustainable delivery of WASH services. Read the following story about their impacts:


Bridging the knowledge gap for improved water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and joint learning and sharing knowledge on innovative topics by IRC and partners have been the red thread in 40 years of IRC. Together we have influenced sector policy on innovative topics. Combining global and local knowledge and skills since 1968 as a WHO international reference centre we also published thousands of newsletter articles, hundreds of books, manuals and videos. Some of them were translated in local languages for use in local WASH programmes. We assisted more than 50 local partners and international networks develop into autonomous organisations.


In 2007 and 2008 our cost recovery and finance work, our partner network, our knowledge on effective approaches and our web site helped bringing in the largest ever project for IRC and four partners. The 10 million-euro WASHCost action research project started on 1 February 2008 and will finish in 2012. It will collect and collate information relating to the real disaggregated costs in the life-cycle of water, sanitation and hygiene service delivery to poor people in rural and peri-urban areas.


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IRC is innovative in its research and approach. They are focused on sustainability, for example sustainable delivery of WASH services. They are sensitive to local needs, for example their website is highly credible and comprehensive and is catered towards developing countries, and they partner with regional entities to understand local problems. read more expert reviews here about them.

CARE International: #5 Expert-Identified Nonprofit for International Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

January 21st, 2012

CARE International, ranking #5, has an extensive experience in the wash sector that span over 50 years in Africa, Latin America countries, Asia and Eastern Europe. Read about the ways they used to achieve their goals:


For more than five decades, CARE has recognized the link between poverty and the lack of access to water. The strategic goal of our program is to enhance the livelihood security of poor communities through equitable access, efficient use and sustainable management of limited and dwindling water resources.


Our first water and sanitation project started in 1957. The program has expanded to include health and hygiene education and sanitation through the provision of latrines. Our drinking water, small-scale irrigation, and integrated conservation projects are world renowned. We place great emphasis on people making decisions about their own water and sanitation systems and water management by changing the ways governments do business when it comes to water and sanitation on a local, municipal and state level, particularly for the most vulnerable and marginalized populations.


Impoverished women are disproportionately excluded from decisions regarding water’s allocation and management. CARE provides women with equal decision-making power by including them in discussions on water and sanitation on the local, municipal and state levels. Women have more time for income-generating projects and school when they aren’t spending hours each day hauling water. Access to safe water also results in women spending less time caring for family members who would otherwise fall sick due to unsafe water. Also, improved sanitation can keep a girl in school by making facilities available to her when she reaches puberty.


CARE has 115 projects in 44 countries with water or water-related activities.

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Many experts mention that CARE has extensive experience in the WASH sector. They draw on their experiences and continuously improve their programs. They have strong programs and evaluation metrics. Their programs are sustainable in which many of their systems are still working after 15+ years. They have strong partnerships with different constituents including universities, nonprofit organizations, and local governments. They are dedicated to serve underserved people, including rural areas, and places that are often dangerous and where the needs are greatest. Experts also applaud their scalable and sustainable model and integrated approach to solving poverty.  Read more reviews from experts here to learn more about CARE International.

Oxfam International: #6 Expert-Identified Nonprofit for International Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

January 20th, 2012

Our #6 nonprofit, Oxfam International is aimed to provide lasting solutions to the injustice of poverty. And addressing water problems is one of their strategies:

Oxfam helps negatively affected communities do the following:


Understand the root causes of the water problems they are facing and, if possible, protect themselves from dangers.

Network with other affected people so they can share coping strategies, join forces, and strengthen their abilities to bring about change.

Voice their concerns to governments, corporations, and individuals responsible for the development projects.

Educate key players about the negative impact the development projects are having on the local communities, and work together to find a solution that is safe and equitable for all.


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Most experts are impressed with Oxfam’s programs. Their programs have a global reach, are targeted based on need, and are focused on eliminating poverty. They work with local partners and are very effective at responding to emergencies.  Read more reviews from experts here to learn more about them.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS): #7 Expert-Identified Nonprofits for International Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

January 19th, 2012

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) came in at #7 on the list. They offer long term interventions in sustained water supplies for domestic, productive, and environmental purposes to benefit people living in poverty. Reading the following story about their work.


Clean water means better health, especially for young children. In emergency situations, access to clean water and a functioning sanitation infrastructure enables people to stay healthy while they cope during these stressful periods. Better water management in normal times allows communities to sustain or even improve the quantity and quality of their water sources, which means higher crop yields and healthier animals.


CRS partners with groups ranging from local governments and community water associations to international organizations such as Caritas on projects designed to improve water supplies for domestic, productive, and environmental purposes in the poorest of the world’s communities. Guided by the belief that everyone has the right to live a healthy, productive life with dignity, we help the poor gain access to adequate water for drinking, hygiene and sanitation, agriculture, industry, and other uses. In 2008, some 80 CRS projects East Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia, and Southeast Asia focused at least in part on water and sanitation.

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The Catholic Relief Services have effective, comprehensive, and integrative programs. For example one expert noted that their approach in central America is very effective, and another highlighted that CRS has been able to integrate WASH initiatives into their work with other development sectors. They work closely with local partners and has paved the way for collaborative work with other sectors both internally and externally. They also have a good, long track record of helping communities in need. Read more reviews from experts here to learn more about them.

PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health): #8 Expert-Identified Nonprofit for International Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

January 18th, 2012

PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health) came in at #7 on the list. They contribute to the evidence base and knowledge of how to utilize market-based principles in the delivery of WaSH projects (e.g. Safe Water Project).


PATH is an international nonprofit organization that creates sustainable, culturally relevant solutions, enabling communities worldwide to break longstanding cycles of poor health. By collaborating with diverse public- and private-sector partners, we help provide appropriate health technologies and vital strategies that change the way people think and act. Our work improves global health and well-being.

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Most experts mention PATH’s user driven approach. For example, they conduct research which translates into guideslines to help people design products that users desire. They utilize market-based principles in the delivery of WaSH projects, and delivers a critical viewpoint on consumer needs and preferences for WASH products. They disseminate their findings widely and have a strong program. Read more reviews from experts here to learn more about the great work PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health) is doing.

Expert-Identified Violence Against Women Nonprofit Countdown: Highlighting Nonprofits #9-13

January 17th, 2012

In addition to the top eight organizations we’ve previously highlighted, there are many more nonprofits that are working to end violence against women. These 6 other expert-identified nonprofits were noted for their high impact work.

#9 Equality Now

Equality Now is an international organization which protects and promotes the human rights of women and girls around the world. By working with grassroots women’s and human rights organizations, supporting individual activists, and attacking gender based violence from a legal perspective; Equality Now mobilizes communities around the world.  Read more about them here

#9 Women for Women International

Women for Women International, tied for the #9 ranking, supports women who are conflict survivors.  Because of the unfortunate fact that conflict and war puts women at a greater risk for sexual violence victimization, WWI’s services are especially important in war torn countries.  They offer a variety of services, supports and interventions to help bring women to a safe space mentally and physically.  Expert point out that their work does not stop at direct service, the organization has worked hard to increase awareness around sexual violence issues. Read more about them here.

#10 Raising Voices

Raising Voices is recognized regionally and internationally as a pioneer in preventative approaches with proven capacity for creative and practical programs. Though advocacy, research, technical support and direct services, Raising Voices is changing women’s lives today and changing outcomes for them tomorrow. According to our experts, Raising Voices’ work in shifting cultural norms has been thoughtful, creative, and spot on.  Their contributions to the cause stretch beyond service provision; they contribute to a necessary body of knowledge about what work in the field.  This work is continuing to shape how organizations provide services and how they connect with communities. Read more about them here.

#11  Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML)

Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) works to advocate for women living in areas controlled by fundamentalist, female-oppressing leadership. They build public awareness around these issues as well as work to combat the notion that female violence is intrinsic to the culture.  It is a network of activists and organizations.  One expert points out that WLUML supports this network in such a way that the impact of the individual organizations is strongly felt as is the positive weight of such an organization existing. Read more about them here.

#12 Sonke Gender Justice Network

Sonke Gender Justice Network prevents gender violence and inequity by working to shift cultural norms for men and boys in South Africa.  Read more about Sonke’s groundbreaking work below. According to the experts, Sonke Gender Justice Network is leading the pack in terms of engaging young males around the issue.  Their grassroots community mobilization efforts are showing positive results for HIV awareness and for behavior shifts.  Sonke’s work covers the policy arena as well.  They are known to be very proactive at the regional level; working to connect gender violence with countries’ concurrent issues.  They have also been an outspoken champion for women’s rights internationally. Read more about them here.

#13 Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE)

WAVE is a network of approximately 4,000 women’s organizations working to eliminate violence against women and children.  They do this through counseling centers, SOS hotlines/help lines, worker trainings, prevention, intervention, and advocacy.  WAVE is the only network of its kind in Europe and its advocacy work extends globally.  Experts point out that wave is truly international is its reach and approach. They also agree that the organization provides essential support directly to women, a great compliment to their advocacy work.  Read more about them here.

Remember, these top organizations are only a few of the nonprofits working on ending violence against women.   View our entire list of expert-identified nonprofits working in the field of violence against women here: http:// and dig deeper to review what experts had to say about each organization. These organizations are doing important advocacy and support work for women everywhere, so please consider donating to them to show your support. You can feel confident that your donation is going to support an outstanding group of nonprofits making a real impact in communities across the nation.


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