World water Day 2017

We’re celebrating World Water Day this year with lots of fresh and new examples of how we provide water and sanitation to the world’s poorest, whilst keeping the water flowing in the most challenging of environments. Water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population and by 2050 water scarcity, exacerbated by climate change, could cost some regions up to 6% of their GDP, spur migration, and spark conflict. Oxfam has been working in this area for over 50 years and we will continue to support and create innovative solutions to one of the world’s greatest challenges.

Top photo credit: Pablo Tosco / Oxfam

663 million people still do not have access to clean water. Water scarcity affects more than 40%of the global population and is projected to rise
Around 1.8 billion people globally use a contaminated source of drinking water, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio
Around 315,000 children under-five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor hygiene and sanitation

Our work in water

Electrified and better irrigated village

A remote village in Darchula district of Nepal now has electricity and better irrigation through Oxfam in Nepal’s Multi Use System Project.

Improving social accountability for water services in Tajikistan

Parviz Khudoydodov, Governance Project Officer in Oxfam Tajikistan talks on how to apply social accountability, increasing the rights of consumers and the willingness to pay for basic services to water.


Where we work