Global Water and Sanitation Initiative

The IFRC Global Water and Sanitation Initiative (GWSI) outlines a common approach among National Societies to establish larger-scale, longer-term sustainable water and sanitation programmes to contribute more effectively in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

As of January 2013, we have mapped over 300 projects in 56 countries. The GWSI, in combination with the MDG initiative and the launch of a second UN Decade for Water (2005–2015) intends to generate more available resources for Red Cross and Red Crescent water and sanitation projects. The original target to serve 5 million will now be tripled to 15 million beneficiaries by 2015. IFRC and its membership are committed to continuing beyond 2015, as many people will remain under served.