The principles of Everyone Forever are simple, compelling and completely unique in the water sector.
- Success is defined as every household, every school, and every public health facility/clinic in a defined geographic region—like a district, municipality to city—having access to improved water and sanitation services.
- That the investments are made in such a way as to address future challenges of water system Operations and Maintenance (O&M), repair, and eventual replacement without additional financial investments from Water For People or any other development agency. This means that water systems grow and change as populations grow and shift. This means that all people—rich and poor, from easy to reach communities to those who live off the main roads or on top of mountains, from big communities to small communities, and including those who are politically, socially or economically connected or marginalized. It means we will build a team and try to program in a new way with the result that water supplies (quality and quantity)—in a world of climate change—are sustained over time, allowing communities, industry, agriculture, and tourism to thrive instead of compete. It means building functional environments so that government, civil society, the local private sector, and communities work together to sustain water investments over time. And it means these districts and communities never need another international water agency to address their water challenges ever again.
- Recognizes that all role players—including governments and communities—have a financial stake in the program from the start, and that without long-term financial inputs from the permanent players we cannot hope for Everyone Forever. Ultimately, local institutions have to be able to afford and manage the system in place. As such, sweat equity is no longer enough—communities and local governments must put money on the table so that Water For People funds are used catalytically. Real success will be judged on whether Water For People investments in the program actually decrease over time as local resources are generated and allocated to Everyone Forever.
- Water For People will monitor field results for at least 10 years, with the overall goal being that, during these 10 years, monitoring capacity and responsibility are firmly embedded within communities and government. The data will be publicly available and accessible by communities, government, donors, and the international development community.
- That Everyone Forever programming leads from full coverage at district levels to national level so that the success of Everyone Forever creates the conditions for countries worldwide freeing them from water and sanitation aid dependency.
“Now what we want from NGOs is not to implement projects spread across all the districts, but rather to focus on one district and finish as Water For People does.” - Emmanuel Hategekimana, Coordinator of Water and Sanitation with the Rwanda Ministry of Infrastructure