World water week 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.

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


Oxfam aims to work with essential partners in a unified approach to connect poor and vulnerable communities to water and sanitation services, ensuring they are working equitably. By working to support and connect humanitarian and development actors and approaches, we will build real resilience for marginalised populations to keep water and sanitation systems operational, accessible and affordable.

The space between humanitarian response and development is made up of fragility, neglect, inequality and political imbalance. Oxfam is working with institutions, private sector, government, and communities to ensure water and sanitation is accessible to marginalised populations and is affordable and appropriate in FCAC and Middle Income Countries.

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Water tankers and bicycles: a lifeline in South Sudan

Around 80% of Juba’s population relies on tankers and bicycle vendors for water. But as prices have soared, amid ongoing conflict and instability, water has become unaffordable. Oxfam has set up two initiatives working within the existing market to ensure the poorest can access clean water, as Mariana Matoso explains. Read more >>

Vlog: Have you ever had a poo in the dark?

Oxfam’s Protection Project Manager, Kerry Akers, vlogs about research into the use of lighting around latrines in emergencies. Partnered with the Water Engineering and Development Centre at Loughborough University to undertake research, with the support of the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, the research aims to establish how best to decrease the perceived risk of GBV around WASH facilities. Watch >>

Economic Evaluation of Hydropower Projects in the Lower Mekong Basin
Dary talks about hydropower dam (Sambor dam in Kratie province) that will impact her community.

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