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IDS Bulletin Vol. 43 Nos. 2

Working Locally and Globally for Lasting Change: Linking Community Demand and Political Leadership

Published on 1 March 2012

WaterAid was established 30 years ago as a nongovernmental organisation (NGO) focusing solely on safe drinking water and improved hygiene and sanitation.

Our vision, values and approach were spelled out in the Ethos document by the Founding Director, David Collett, in 1981. They have remained largely unchanged while the organisation has grown and evolved in response to the nature and scale of the challenges faced.

Our current Global Strategy that takes us through to 2015 reflects the context we now work in, and focuses on rights, supply and demand and the challenges of rapid urbanisation, informal settlements, climate change and land ownership. We work to support community action and service providers and governments, to lead and champion Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector development as well as to promote cross sector working.

Service delivery remains at the heart of what our partners do. Over the years we have increased our investment in capacity building and advocacy and influencing work. We know our vision of a world where everybody has access to safe water and sanitation will only be achieved if national governments and international donor agencies use their power and resources to accelerate progress towards universal access – and therefore influencing them to do this is now core to our work and that of our partners.

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This article comes from the IDS Bulletin 43.2 (2012) Working Locally and Globally for Lasting Change: Linking Community Demand and Political Leadership

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Frost, B. (2012) Working Locally and Globally for Lasting Change: Linking Community Demand and Political Leadership. IDS Bulletin 43(2): 97-100

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Barbara Frost

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Institute of Development Studies
authors
Frost, Barbara
doi
10.1111/j.1759-5436.2012.00313.x

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