Sanitation for Millions

2016 - 2019 • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH


Improving access to safely managed sanitation and the hygiene situation in countries hosting a high number of refugees and internally displaced people


Sanitation for Millions is a multi-donor programme that directly contributes to the realization of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (ensure adequate access to water and sanitation for all). Owing to current global refugee situation, S4M focuses on countries impacted by hight refugee influx and a high number of internally displaced people. Jordan, Uganda and Pakistan have been selected as the first countries of implementation. The programme focuses on public institutions such as schools, basic health units and mosques. S4M cooperates with local stakeholders such as teachers associations, private sector players or religious bodies. The desired impact is to prevent conflicts in host communities and improve the living conditions of people residing in these communities. As a co-benefit it is aspired to create employment opportunities and enhance the local economic conditions. Women and girls in particular are targeted with the measures designed. Inclusion of people with disabilities and the provision of accessibility of disabled people to sanitary facilities gets a special focus at S4M since the proportion of persons with disabilities amongst those who have fled is even higher than commonly seen in developing countries.

Sanitation for Millions combines different measures to improve WASH services.
Activities include:
(1) Construction and rehabilitation of sanitation infrastructure in public institutions (schools, health centers, mosques)
(2) Measures to change hygiene behavior in schools, health centers and mosques
(3) Development of concepts and trainings on operation and maintenance of sanitary facilities in public institutions (4) Support to on-site-sanitation entrepreneurs by enhancing the enabling environment for wastewater treatment companies and enterprises dealing with faecal sludge management
5) Introducing innovative solutions for decentralized wastewater treatment at household level


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© 2017 • Gul Ghutti • GIZ

Pakistani students washing their hands with soap.

© 2017 • Gul Ghutti • GIZ

Pakistani students washing their hands with soap

© 2017 • Ibrahim Baba • GIZ

Trainer advices a muezzin how to repair a water tap

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Improve access to, and use of, appropriate sanitation solutions and safe faecal sludge management across the sanitation value chain with a particular focus on vulnerable people and households with a special reference to refugees and internally displaced people.

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GFA Consulting Group provides advice and training for the management and operating staff of the water utilities established by GIZ.

Contribution by BMGF to this grant: $ 2,500,000 (November 2017)

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Michael Köberlein
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Patrick Mass
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Asia & Pacific Behaviour change Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Capacity development Community sanitation Decentralised wastewater treatment (e.g. DEWATS) Emptying and transport (non sewered) Enabling environment and institutional strengthening Europe, Caucasus & Central Asia Faeces or faecal sludge German government Greywater or wastewater Middle East & Nothern Africa Operation, maintenance and sustainable services Peri-urban Schools Specific to one or several countries Sub-Saharan Africa Toilets or urinals (user interface) Treatment of faecal sludge Treatment of wastewater or greywater Urine Water (irrigation, process, other)

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Factsheet Sanitation for Millions_DE

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Factsheet Sanitation for Millions_ENG

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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (formally known as Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH is a federally owned organisation. It works worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. Their mandate is to support the German Government in achieving its development objectives. It provides viable, forward-looking solutions for political, economic, ecological and social development in a globalised world.

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