Sanitation and Hygiene Thematic Window

3ie requested researchers to submit qualifications for a proposal preparation grant to design a rigorous impact evaluation of a hygiene and/or sanitation programme undertaken in a priority country by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).

More information about this call can be found here. Deadline for application was 19 March 2015.

The Sanitation and Hygiene Thematic Window is aimed at promoting a culture of evaluation and improving the current evidence base in the sanitation and hygiene sector. Although there has been considerable investment in sanitation and hygiene related interventions over the past two decades, there is still a scarcity of high quality evidence in this area. The evidence generated under this thematic window will help inform WSSCC’s work and the post-2015 strategy and programming in this sector.

3ie’s Sanitation and Hygiene Thematic Window will fund the following activities:

  • An evaluation of WSSCC’s current medium-term strategic plan and monitoring and evaluation framework (2012-2016). For more information, click here.
  • Three rigorous impact evaluations of hygiene and sanitation related programmes. For more information, click here.
  • Three systematic reviews on topic areas in the hygiene and sanitation sector. A request for qualifications from researchers will be issued in April 2015.

3ie expects successful applicants to commence work on the impact evaluations and systematic reviews in April 2015.

The activities under this window are being supported by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council.

If you would like to receive notifications of call launches under this thematic window, please email to be put on our mailing list. Please mention in the subject line, ‘Impact evaluation call’ or ‘Systematic Review call’ to indicate which call you are interested in.

Click here to read an evaluation of WSSCC’s current medium-term strategic plan and monitoring and evaluation framework (2012-2016).

Systematic review call

The call for proposals for systematic reviews will also be held in two phases. 3ie will issue a request for qualifications followed by a request for full proposals.

Systematic review researchers can choose to answer questions on topics selected by 3ie and WSSCC.

About the Sanitation and Hygiene Thematic Window

The Millennium Development Goal target to halve the proportion of the population without access to safe drinking water and sanitation by 2015 will not be met. In 2011, over one-third of the world’s population, that is 2.5 billion people, did not use improved sanitation (WHO and UNICEF 2013). Of these, more than 1 billion people defecated in the open, and the remaining used either public or shared sanitation facilities (761 million) or unimproved facilities, which did not meet minimum hygiene standards (693 million). Inadequate sanitation coverage and open defecation are concentrated globally among people living in Africa and South Asia (mainly in India) and those living in rural areas. 

In this context, WSSCC’s vision is of a world where everybody has sustained water supply, sanitation and hygiene. WSSCC is a global multi-stakeholder partnership and membership organisation headquartered in Geneva that works to save lives and improve livelihoods. It facilitates sector coordination at the global, regional and national levels and advocates on behalf of the 2.5 billion people who don’t have access to a clean and safe toilet. WSSCC also facilitates knowledge management, and supports national sanitation and hygiene programmes through the Global Sanitation Fund and the Sanitation Leadership Trust Fund.

The Sanitation and Hygiene Thematic Window will help inform and increase the evidence for the effective allocation of funds in sanitation and hygiene. It will improve accountability and enhance the likelihood that interventions addressing sanitation and hygiene are able to effectively reduce mortality and morbidity and increase the welfare of people across the developing world.

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