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SAWRP: Our Approach


SAWRP supports improvements to communal, and sometimes household, drinking water supplies. The technologies used vary according to location and community demand, but the emphasis has been on using cost-effective technologies for which the maintenance requirements are relatively simple and for which necessary spare parts and expertise are affordable and can be accessed locally.


A Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach encourages people to build and maintain their own toilets and change their hygiene behaviours positively. It is an innovative methodology that supports communities to recognise the negative effects of poor sanitation and empowers them to work together to find collective solutions to improve sanitation and hygiene.


SAWRP adopts Unilever’s 'School of Five' approach, which uses fun and accessible hygiene messaging in schools to promote washing hands with soap at critical times during the day.

Developing Markets and Supply Chains

SAWRP supports the development of commercial markets and supply chains for sanitation materials, and the construction of locally appropriate latrine models that meet a wide range of consumer needs in households, schools and health centres.


SAWRP works closely with local and regional governance agencies, strengthening their role in the planning, co-ordination and monitoring of district WASH activities. Partnerships with local and regional authorities are central to programme implementation and pivotal to achieving sustainable latrine use and maintenance.


SAWRP is committed to ensuring that our work is inclusive, equitable and gender sensitive. Plan International’s current programme strategy focusses on girls and women, who are often the most affected by lack of access to water and sanitation. WaterAid, in partnership with WEDC, have developed and documented an approach which focuses equity and inclusion across the entire WASH sector that the project will adopt. To overcome the accessibility barriers of all types of persons with disabilities, WEDC has pioneered work on design for improving access to services for people with a disability and other disadvantaged groups.


SAWRP is working to support government-led efforts in Pakistan and Bangladesh to meet national  and international goals and targets and ensure the sustainability of these services. The programme will also work to ensure that by the end of the programme, local WASH governance structures are operational and capable in project locations.

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