About the Fund


The objective of the AUD103m Civil Society Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Fund (CS WASH Fund) was to enhance the health and quality of life of the poor and vulnerable by improving sustainable access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Expected outcomes of the Fund were: (i) improved performance of actors in the WASH enabling environment, (ii) improved gender equality, (iii) improved WASH evidence and knowledge base, (iv) improved hygiene behaviour, (v) increased use of improved and equitable sanitation services and (vi) increased use of improved and equitable water supply services.

The Fund was supported 13 Australian and International Civil Society Organisations (CSO) to deliver 29 WASH projects in 19 countries over the years 2013 to 2018. The Fund was expected to provide direct benefits to 3.5 million people in target populations as well as indirect benefits to over 10 million people.

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Download the Overview of the Fund Achievements.


The Fund included an Innovation and Impact Fund (I&I Fund), which further supported innovation by grantees. To see the I&I Fund projects click here.


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Civil Society Organistaions in the CS WASH Fund

Save the children
Plan International
Live and Learn
International Rescue Committee
Habitat for Humanity
Thrive Networks
United Purpose
Australian Red Cross