Strategy 2017-2021

The Road to SDG6: Increase Impact x 20 Strategy Summary

The Challenge

The Strategy



The Challenge


We know that every dollar invested in improved water and sanitation services yields an average return of $5.00 in economic productivity. See where we get our facts.

Over the next five years

Water For People will leverage our 25 years of experience and demonstrate global leadership to help the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector achieve Sustainable Development Goal #6 (SDG 6). This includes an even greater impact in the nine countries where we work.


Strategy 2017-2021: Increase Impact x 20

The overarching goal from 2017 to 2021 will be to increase our impact in alignment with SDG6 through three distinct strategies: proof, global leadership, and scale. Our ability to successfully implement this strategy depends on the strength of our organization, which continues to grow within four foundational domains: people, revenue, reputation, and systems.


Proof — 7 Million People in 50 District: Deliver Everyone Forever results for water with government partners at the local level; begin to exit existing 30 districts (4 million people) and add 20 new districts (3 million people)

Global Leadership — Collaboration for the SDGs: Increase the rate of progress to reach SDG6 and accelerate social change by sharing our learnings on the Everyone Forever model and collaborating with others to move faster

Scale — Over 80 Million People: Advise and influence national governments and leverage investments and partnerships to achieve Everyone Forever for water, district by district, while building out country wide systems

Business Approaches to Sanitation: Promote scaling of sanitation through replication in rural, peri-urban and urban areas, following the natural growth of the market


We know that sustained access to quality drinking water and sanitation services improves health and education and drives economic productivity. This is especially true for women and girls. Getting girls to school and women to work and away from fetching water is critical to their empowerment, to sustainable development, and to the global economy.

There is a 5:1 benefit:cost ratio for every $1 invested in improved water supply and sanitation. But much work lies ahead if the world is to achieve SDG 6. Increased investment in water and sanitation from the 193 signatory countries must be paired with more official development assistance.

We cannot afford to waver from the path of quality water and sanitation services for all, sustainably managed. This strategy will get us there faster.

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