Civil Society

Sanitation and Water for All works with partners from 5 different constituencies, with civil society organizations (CSOs) forming one core element. The civil society constituency represent the views and voices of the most marginalized within the SWA global partnership.

The CSO constituency includes non-profit organizations, INGOs, community-based organizations (CBOs) and/or advocacy networks active at national, regional or global levels.


What is the role of civil society within SWA?


  1. Campaign and advocate for strengthening governance for water, sanitation and hygiene by pushing their governments to build strong accountability mechanisms in:
    • At the global level, participate in the SWA High-level Meetings (HLMs) such as the Finance Ministers’ Meeting and the Sector Ministers’ Meeting.
    • At the national level, engage in Joint Sector Reviews (JSR) and regular multi-stakeholder water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector meetings to ensure SWA (and other regional and global) processes are embedded in and aligned with national level commitments, mechanisms and governance. CSOs work with other sector stakeholders to support governments to prepare the country briefs and national commitments for the SWA High-level Meetings. Additionally, they push their governments to implement their commitments or sector plans including those made at the SWA High-level Meetings.
  2. Tracking and monitoring commitments or engagements that governments have made on WASH and holding them to account for their timely delivery through advocacy and campaigning. For example, through End Water Poverty’s Water Action Month, a month of global action and advocacy around World Water Day, led by UN-Water, on 22 March.
  3. Advocating for the alignment of policies with SDG6, the Human Rights to water and sanitation (HRWS) framework , and the four Collaborative Behaviours from SWA’s Mutual Accountability Mechanism and engaging with the thematic work that SWA does around these issues.


How is the CSO constituency represented within SWA?

Five CSOs represent the CSO constituency in the SWA Steering Committee, representing four respective regions (Asia, Africa, Latin America, and North) and one CSO represents community-based organizations.  The CSO constituency also has national level CSO country Focal Points.

National CSO focal points- Key responsibilities:

  • Liaise with other WASH-based CSOs or networks in the country to brief them on SWA framework and represent the voices of the most marginalized in SWA forums, policy orientations and processes.
  • Establish working relationships and regularly meet with SWA government focal points, donor representatives and other stakeholders within the country to improve coordination and collaboration.
  • Coordinate national advocacy and campaigning to actively review and monitor progress and major bottlenecks towards WASH commitments, including those made at the biennial SWA High-Level Meetings.
  • Report back to the regional Steering Committee representative to share key challenges in the WASH sector in the respective country and receive an update on SWA related activities.

You can find the CSOs national focal point list here.


How can your organization get involved?

  • Find out if your country is a member of the SWA, here. If your country is not a member of the partnership and you think that it should be, please contact the SWA CSO Advisor to discuss this further and find out more.
  • If your country is a member of the SWA partnership, ask your government to step up multi-stakeholder engagement and participation by including CSOs in the implementation of the SDGs. CSOs can push governments to be included in the negotiations process towards the SDGs
  • Push your government to participate in SWA High-Level Political Dialogue. This is an opportunity for CSOs to make their voices heard and to push for their advocacy messages.
  • Take CSO commitment aligned with the national policies to accelerate progress towards SDG6 and push your governments to take commitments.
  • Participate at the High Level Meetings, and be part of the CSO delegation to speak out, and develop common messages.


For any enquiries regarding further engagement with the SWA partnership, please contact the Civil Society Adviser, Heloise Chicou, hosted within the secretariat of End Water Poverty. Her role is to support civil society to engage with the SWA partnership at all levels – nationally, regionally and globally.

Download the full list of partners here


CSO partners are: