About EWP

End Water Poverty 

End Water Poverty (EWP) is a global civil society coalition campaigning to end the water and sanitation crisis. Established in 2007, we have now grown to over 350 members in more than 50 countries around the world, working in all regions across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America. Our members are civil society organisations ranging in size and scale, from large international non-governmental organisations, such as WaterAid and regional networks, such as the Freshwater Action Network - South Asia (FANSA), to national networks, as well as small grassroots and community-based organisations.

We are united by our common goal to end the water and sanitation crisis for all. We are dedicated to demanding and delivering effective global advocacy which results in universal access to sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). 

The Problem

Today, 663 million people still don’t have clean, safe water. This results forces women across the world to spend 200 million hours a day collecting water. 2.3 billion people don't have access to adequate sanitation facilities - that's 1 in 3 people. More people have mobile phones than have access to a safe toilet.

Lack of access to safe, sustainable water and sanitation has a negative impact on health outcomes - over 500,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe or dirty water and poor sanitation.

Our Vision

We are united in our vision to ensure that everyone has access to sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). To achieve this we work at a range of different levels to leverage change:

  • Globally:  Enable civil society voices on WASH are heard throughout key global processes so that sustainable WASH becomes a high priority on the international and national political agenda. 
  • Regionally: Influence regional bodies so that they prioritise sustainable WASH. 
  • Nationally: National networks and members will develop long term advocacy campaign plans so that we push governments to implement sustainable WASH for all.

Access to water and sanitation cannot be achieved without considering all aspects of the water cycle, including the effective and integrated management of water resources, waste water management, and water scarcity and resilience to water-related disasters amongst others. While EWP does not campaign on wider water issues specifically, throughout our work we continue to emphasise the linkages to these important issues, and how these are critical in ending the water and sanitation crisis.

How we will reach our vision

Our vision is for long term, sustainable and systemic change. In order to reach this, we have established focus areas for our work. These include the following:

Campaigning for the recognition and realisation of the human rights to water and sanitation 

In July 2010, the UN General Assembly formally recognised the human right to water and sanitation. While some countries have already included an explicit reference to the right in their constitution, many are yet to do so. In 2015, the UN went one step further and formally recognised the human rights to water and sanitation as distinct, but inseparable rights. 

EWP partners campaign at all levels, nationally, regionally and globally, for this right to be recognised in law, and for it to also be realised in practise.

Campaigning to achieve the new Agenda 2030, prioritising Goal 6 on water and sanitation

The world now has a new global agenda - Agenda 2030, through the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals - which will shape our development for the next 15 years and work to end inequality. We are delighted that there is now a dedicated water and sanitation goal - Goal 6 - but now is the time for the hard work to begin at a national level! We work with our members and partners to effectively shape global and national priorities and help determine where aid and support is invested. We have to ensure that work to achieve the global goals prioritises water and sanitation as ensuring access for all is critical to meeting so many of the other goals. 100% is possible in our generation.  

How we do it

Campaigning at a national and regional level: National campaigning is central to EWP’s work as it is governments which can bring about the greatest change. Through EWP we develop overarching campaign strategies and then support our members to develop national or regional plans which support our global objectives. We also provide advice on campaign strategy development and communications.

Creating unifying global moments: In our ongoing advocacy, there will be key moments when we need to unify the voice of civil society for maximum impact – for example in the run up to a UN General Assembly. To do this we will coordinate a global campaign action which will engage a large number of our members. Under our main campaign 'Keep Your Promises', we work to push governments to meet their commitments and obligations to ensure the human rights to water and sanitation for all. Through this, we hold the annual Water Action Month in March. Our members are so passionate and excited about World Water Day on 22 March, that we decided to celebrate for the whole month to raise awareness and call for change! Everyone, everywhere! 

Facilitating civil society input into global processes: We help to facilitate and coordinate civil society input into a number of key international political processes, including the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) partnership and the Agenda 2030 development discussions. Currently the SWA Civil Society Organisations Advisor is hosted by the End Water Poverty Secretariat. We support the involvement of national and regional networks, share information, consult with members on joint positions and facilitate the selection of civil society representatives.

Our Structure  

  • The coalition is overseen by a Steering Committee with representatives from member organisations around the world to ensure regional representation.
  • The day-to-day management and support is provided by the international secretariat, which consists of two full-time staff members.
  • An international planning meeting is held each year at which members come together to agree overall aims and objectives for the coalition, as well as work plans and directions for the following year.
  • Task teams, which consist of regional representatives along with active and interested members, are responsible for developing more detailed thematic work and materials for our campaigns.  

Contact us

The End Water Poverty Secretariat consists of:

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