Empowered Voices! How we improved our lives

A collection of the Most Significant Change stories brought about by the WASH program in the Western Province of Zambia

Taken together, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) constitute the heart of all long lasting socio-economic development and environmental sustainability. In fact, none of the Sustainable Development Goals could be realised without WASH activities.

Between 2011 and 2016, the Australia Government (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) funded Oxfam to work with four Local NGOs, government agencies and communities in six wards of Mongu and Luampa districts to deliver a highly flexible and innovative five-year WASH program, under the Australia Africa Community Engagement Scheme (AACES). The program was aimed at enabling marginalised people, especially women, to have access to services they required.

The Most Significant Change Stories in this publication illustrate the deep and wide ranging impacts the WASH program achieved. The stories illustrate the usefulness of the program’s unique strategy, and show the value of focusing on human rights and including all interest groups in making key decisions.