improving community health

Supporting Communities

The first phase helped to identify the needs and gaps relating to climate change planning and mainstreaming gender at county level. This informed the design and implementation of several training sessions and the development of guidelines to mainstream climate change in county development.

Our approach

The effects of a lack of clean water and decent toilets are felt most by women and girls. Girls and boys often begin collecting water as children and girls continue to collect and carry water throughout their lives.

getting women involved

Getting women and girls involved is key to successful water and sanitation services. We ensure that women are consulted about their preferences for project design, especially where taps and toilets should be placed.


Involving women and girls in projects is important not only because it helps projects better meet people’s needs, but also, and perhaps more importantly, because it positively impacts women’s positions in the community.

Objectives of the Intervention

  1. To strengthen county decision-makers’ skills and coordination mechanisms to effectively mainstream climate change and gender within policies and plans and implement this within their development interventions
  2. To develop an investment plan and financing proposal for at least one development project in each county that integrates gender and climate change, and engages citizens and the private sector.
  3. To improve service provider’s and citizens’ understanding and participation in climate change actions at local and county levels


From local to global, from communities to the United Nations, leaders from across society prioritising access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene, with a particular focus on the rights of the poorest and most marginalised communities


Key sectors in sustainable development, especially water, health, education, and the environment, integrating universal access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene into their policies and programmes


Reduce inequalities in access


Reduce inequalities in distribution of resources


Strengthen systems


Strengthen planning


Integrate water, sanitation and hygiene with poverty eradication work

Active communities

Communities calling for their rights to safe water and sanitation and holding their leaders to account, as well as practising good hygiene and helping to maintain services

Service providers having the skills, resources and systems necessary to deliver and maintain permanent water and sanitation services.


Communities served in Africa