Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Core to SNV’s WASH work is the understanding that water and sanitation is a human right, and that governments are the duty bearers responsible for the progressive realisation of that right. SNV thus works with national and local governments to develop capacities and systems to meet water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) challenges in their contexts, and to realise their respective SDG 6 commitments


The global WASH challenges are immense: “2.1 billion people lack safe drinking water at home and more than twice as many lack safe sanitation” (WHO, 2017). Rates of access to improved water and sanitation in Vietnam are better than neighboring countries, however with a population of over 89 million people there remain enormous numbers without access. Furthermore, coverage is not equitable and is affected by income level, ethnicity and region. The Northern Mountains and Central Highlands, which are home to a large number of ethnic minority groups, especially face lagging development on hygiene and sanitation.

With partners in government, private sector and civil society, we build on these shared experiences, and implement best practices in rural and urban WASH settings. Continuous evidence-based learning, with partners, on tangible issues, is the strategy to achieve that. As a result, we see partners progressively roll out more professionalised WASH services, supported by strong and inclusive governance systems, informed behavioural change interventions, and financially-viable and sustainable growth strategies. SNV’s WASH targets:


Alison Rusinow
Country Director