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Water, sanitation and hygiene

Civil Society, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Fund

The new Civil Society, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Fund is now closed and all applicants have been informed of the status of their submissions.

More information on the new Fund.

The Civil Society, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Fund was a $32.6 million initiative to improve access to clean water and basic sanitation, and promote hygiene, in partner countries in targeted regions.

Applications for funding were sought from civil society organisations (CSOs) under the Fund’s eight-week single step competitive funding round, which closed on 12 February 2010. The Fund attracted 79 conforming activity applications from 27 CSOs requesting $74 million. Priority was given to proposals that scaled up or replicated existing effective activities.

The Fund selection panel assessed these applications against the five weighted criteria and other considerations specified in the fund guidelines. Eight Australian and three non-Australian CSOs were then funded to deliver 44 projects worth $31.3 million across Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Fund outcome details




Adventist Development and Relief Agency



Australian Red Cross



Care Australia

Ethiopia, Kenya, Lao PDR, Mozambique, Zimbabwe


East Meets West Foundation (USA)



Live & Learn Environmental Education Australia

Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu


Oxfam Australia

Bangladesh, Cambodia, East Timor, Mozambique, PNG, Zambia


Plan Australia

Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda


SNV Netherlands

Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Vietnam


Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (UK)

Bangladesh, Kenya, Zambia


WaterAid Australia

Bangladesh, East Timor, Ethiopia, India, Malawi, Mozambique


World Vision Australia

Mozambique, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Zimbabwe



Projects commenced on 1 June 2010 and continued until 31 December 2011, with completion reports submitted on 15 March 2012. The Fund provided 564,000 people with access to safe water and an additional 782,000 people with access to basic sanitation facilities. An additional 516 schools gained access to water, sanitation and/or hand-washing facilities.

An Independent Progress Report was produced in February 2011 and a final independent evaluation of the Fund was completed in June 2012. Both of the reports can be accessed below.

Independent Progress Report

A mid-term review of the Fund was undertaken by the three independent monitoring and evaluation specialists that comprise the Fund’s Monitoring Review Panel. The purpose of the review was to:

  • review the Fund’s structure, management and partnership between Australia and CSOs, with a view to informing future potential funding arrangements; and
  • provide insight into how the Fund expects to contribute to WASH objectives and a structured analysis of WASH approaches used in the Fund.

The findings of the review are summarised in the Independent Progress Report.

Evaluation of the Fund

An evaluation, or Independent Completion Review, of the Fund was undertaken by the Fund’s Monitoring Review Panel with support from the department’s Quality, Performance and Results Section. The purpose of the evaluation was to:

  • judge the performance of the Fund by synthesising achievements reported by the Fund's 45 activities and identify lessons for a new Civil Society WASH Fund; and
  • review key innovative elements of the Fund relative to other department mechanisms for CSO engagement and describe the value for money delivered by the Fund.

The findings of the evaluation are summarised in the Independent Completion Review.

A presentation on the findings can also be accessed here.

Learning fund

The design of the Fund included resourcing for three regional learning events. These events were included in the Fund design to facilitate learning between CSOs and their local partner organisations, to build capacity and skills and to contribute to the evidence base on effective WASH. The Learning Fund project was managed by WaterAid and resulted in several publications that provide a snapshot of the learning events discussions.

Hot topic

A hot topic covering the work of the Fund was published on 19 November 2011 to coincide with World Toilet Day.


Last reviewed: 1 November, 2013