EuSAIN is not about constructing toilets, latrines, or sewerage systems! We build partnerships and capacities of people to find local, sustainable answers and solutions for the problems caused by poor, or lack of, sanitation, water and water quality.

Experience has shown that expected health benefits of clean drinking water are not materialized because of a lack of improvement in sanitation and/or hygiene. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene need to be addressed in a coherent, integrated and holistic approach. Awareness of as well as recognition for the importance of sanitation needs to be raised and more organisations/stakeholders need to be mobilised in order to realize the SDG for sanitation. Collaboration between public and private partners, NGO’s and knowledge institutes provides a better chance of solving the problems.

We bring together the actors and stakeholders in Sanitation and Water services. It is a multi-stakeholder partnership. We have a European network of partners that aims to realize or contribute to realization of SDG 6. The need for capacity building in water and sanitation services is high. The world water development report of 2016 indicates that three out of four of the jobs worldwide are water-dependent. The skills, qualities and capacities of employed human resources are vital for the successful performance of the water sectors and for the sustained use, adaptation and development of scientific and technological innovations. The lack of capacity and the challenges facing the water sectors require the design of adequate training tools and innovative learning approaches to enhance the competencies of staff as well as to strengthen institutional capacity. This applies to government and its agencies, river basin organizations as well as other groups including private sector organizations. Solutions to filling these gaps include: creating an enabling policy environment for collaborative frameworks between the education sector, sector employers (public, private, NGOs), trade unions and employees; developing incentives to attract and retain staff; strengthening technical and vocational training; and giving attention to human resources capacity development in rural areas. New and transversal skills also need to be instilled to respond to new needs.

Water shortages and lack of access may limit economic growth in the years to come. Investments in safe drinking water and sanitation have been shown to foster economic growth, with high rates of return. Access to a safe and reliable water supply and sanitation services at home and the workplace, coupled with appropriate hygiene, is critical to maintaining a healthy, educated and productive workforce.

We work in countries that have a policy focus on water and sanitation around the world. As a European Initiative, we can fulfil the task that the EU has set itself. We extend our area of work to other European countries to achieve SDG 6 in the entire European region and neighbourhood. We will work with existing partners of the European network in developing countries and extend partnerships for sanitation and health in these countries. Access to good sanitation and improved health must be addressed at local level. Participation of local civil society organisations and cooperation with local government is crucial. Sustainable solutions must be fit to local situations and therefore be decentralized in their nature. In each country and in each region the situation is different. We help buiding local capacities and empower local people to create local, innovative solutions and solve local problems. All together they will solve the global water and sanitation crisis.

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