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Our new strategic framework is an overview of our role and purpose, the context we work in, our goals, and how we will achieve them. It will run from 2017-2030.

Why 2030? Because it’s the target date for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Seventeen SDGs were adopted in September 2015, aiming to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.

We are dedicated to achieving SDG 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all.

Achieving this is possible but profoundly challenging. We have made huge progress so far. We have helped to achieve a shift in sector thinking, from delivering hardware to delivering services that last. But this doesn’t mean that people can now rely on water and sanitation services every day and forever. This demands even greater change.  

Acting at district, national and global levels

Our theory of change tells us what we must do to achieve this change and why, on three levels: district, national and global. The next five years will be critical.

We’ll adopt partner districts in our focus countries, working with them until they achieve universal access. We’ll make sure that lessons learned are brought to national and global attention.

We will act as a ‘change hub’ in these countries: creating focus, and promoting collective action to achieve a shared vision. We’ll link what happens at national level with evidence and experiences from the districts, making sure this leads to change nationally in policy and interventions, and locally in adopting ‘what works’.

Achieving change by building and strengthening national and local systems

We will maintain our focus on the goals in our previous business plan:

  • service delivery;
  • government leadership;
  • learning and adaptation; and
  • cross-sectoral dialogue.

We will also add our new cross-cutting focus on:

  • systems change; and
  • building and strengthening national and local systems.

Our strategic framework supports the Agenda for Change, a set of guiding principles and actions for achieving universal WASH services by 2030. We launched this in May 2015, in partnership with WaterAid, Water for People, Osprey Foundation and Aguaconsult.

The clock has been ticking since 2015. We have 15 years to make history, and in our view, five years to make change.