Who we are

Our Mission

At WASH-Net, our mission is to catalyze the transformation of Sierra Leone by championing equitable access to safe water, improved sanitation, and hygiene as fundamental human rights. We are dedicated to empowering poor and marginalized communities, ensuring they have the resources and support needed to thrive. Through strategic partnerships and advocacy efforts, we engage with government agencies and stakeholders to ensure the effective delivery of essential services to all segments of society.

By striving for expanded access to WASH services for everyone, particularly among the poorest and most vulnerable groups, we seek to eliminate the health burden resulting from unclean water and poor sanitation.


Our Objective

WASH-Net endeavors to foster inclusive multi-stakeholder partnerships across national, district, and regional levels, pioneering collaborative initiatives and knowledge-sharing to tackle water, sanitation, and hygiene challenges in Sierra Leone. Our objective is to increase  health outcomes resulting from the delivery of essential WASH services. We further build capacity of various stakeholder groups within local communities, civil society and government and use evidence-based advocacy to inform policy options that prioritizes the needs and aspirations of people and their communities regarding their access to services.

About Us

Established in 2010, WASH-Net is the leading  national alliance of civil society organizations (non-state actors) in Sierra Leone with the desire of joining existing platforms in addressing the critical barriers to achieving universal and sustainable sanitation and drinking water for all. These barriers include the low level of services to reach society’s most vulnerable groups, insufficient political prioritization, weak sector capacity to develop and implement effective plans and strategies, coupled with inadequate investments to place WASH at the heart of national programs and policies.

WASH-Net served as an integral local partner in the DFID phases I, II and III, delivering WASH Systems Strengthening interventions in partnership with Oxfam, the Freetown WASH Consortium and a range of sector governance advocacy interventions with WaterAid.

Key partners have included but not limited to the Harvard Kenney School of Government, Results for Development, Open Society Initiative for West Africa, WaterAid, UNICEF, the Sanitation and Water for All partnership, Adams Smiths International, Roddenberry Foundation, the United Nation’s Developmnt Programme through its Global Environment Facility, Cordaid through the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding and a working partnership with the IRC WASH program in the Netherlands and a host of others.

Being a national catalyst in the sector, WASH-Net further engage through advocacy and policy influencing, WASH also strengthens the capacity of people and their communities by providing the needed tools that enables them to effectively engage and demand accountability and effective delivery of WASH for increasing health outcomes.

WASH-Net’s approach is to expand access to WASH services for populations underserved, enhance and facilitate a multi-stakeholder process across the sector, engender and promote knowledge, identify opportunities for intervention and foster learning and joint action capable of triggering overall sector transformation.

IF we shape and influence national and decentralized WASH delivery and governance processes to address some of the most-pressing and urgent challenges people and their communities face in accessing safe drinking water, improved sanitation and health-seeking/hygiene services in addition to building capacities and agency of local communities and civil society to organize and take action, THEN people and the population will be less likely to get sick or die as a result of preventable causes resulting from the lack in access to essential WASH services in addition to reducing the health burden, THEN they will have means to demand accountability, manage their own WASH services and sustained advocacy that will trigger lasting change.

WASH-Net’s engagement in addressing water, sanitation, and health challenges is driven by a multifaceted understanding of the profound impact these issues have on the poor and under-served communities. By promoting access to safe water and sanitation services that is backed with increased hygiene behaviors, WASH-Net directly contributes to improving public health outcomes while reducing the prevalence of waterborne diseases. Additionally, the organization operates from a human rights perspective, recognizing water and sanitation as fundamental rights for all individuals, irrespective of socio-economic status, and endeavors to ensure equitable access to these essential services across Sierra Leone.

Since 2010, WASH-Net’s interventions extend beyond immediate health benefits, with a keen focus on poverty alleviation, environmental sustainability, community resilience and empowerment. By empowering communities to actively participate in decision-making processes and implement sustainable solutions, WASH-Net fosters resilience and catalyzes positive social and economic transformation. Recognizing the inter-contentedness of water, sanitation, health, and the social developments, our commitment to addressing these challenges is rooted in a holistic approach that seeks to create lasting positive change for sustainable water resources management for current and future generations.

WASH-Net’s approach to development in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector is to enhance and facilitate a multi-stakeholders process that involves various actors across the sector, engender and promote knowledge, identify opportunities for intervention and foster learning and joint actions through: Media engagements Mobilization and Awareness raising campaigns Grassroots actions Membership Capacity Building Advocacy for the right to WASH Policy Dialogues/Meetings Sector Monitoring Research and Documentation


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