Survey of the Cumulative Impact of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

In 2014, World Vision engaged KPMG to implement a survey among NGOs involved with WASH activity, with an aim to identify the cumulative impact of WASH implementers and to estimate the number of people reached through WASH initiatives.

Last October, the WASHfunders blog published this piece from Dr. Greg Allgood, Vice President of World Vision, affirming the important role that philanthropy plays in the WASH sector and calling on WASH implementing organizations to participate the survey.

To coincide with World Water Day last month, World Vision and KPMG released their report, Survey of the cumulative impact of water, sanitation and hygiene, announcing the results. Organizations responding to the survey reached nearly 7 million people with clean water in 2014 (an increase of 30% from the previous year), 4.5 million with sanitation services, and 13 million with hygiene awareness training and materials. From 2013 to 2014, total WASH investment by surveyed organization increased 60%.

The authors conclude that while philanthropic organizations are playing a critical role in the global water crisis, their impact alone is not enough to solve the crisis, particularly in the area of sanitation. To achieve universal and sustainable access to WASH services by 2030, as put forth under the Sustainable Development Goals, compounded growth in investment is required from donors, bilateral funders, the private sector, and the global community.

Click here to download the report. And feel free to post your feedback about the survey in the comments.