Our work Learn about our key areas of WaterAid's work to reduce inequalities of access to water, sanitation and hygiene, and explore related insights and publications. Aid effectiveness Aid effectiveness is about improving the quality of aid and its impact on people living in poverty. Climate change The climate crisis is a water crisis. For millions of people that means their drinking water and sanitation is under threat. Disasters In places where the water supply is already poor and sanitation inadequate, disasters make life even more difficult for people living in poverty. Equality and non-discrimination We believe everyone, everywhere should have basic services of clean water, sanitation and hygiene. Finance In many of the countries where we work, the water, sanitation and hygiene sector is chronically under-resourced. Governance Only with strong political decision making and effective service delivery systems can we reach everyone, everywhere. Health Clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene are the foundations for good health, keeping people safe from deadly diseases. Hygiene Hygiene is crucial to preventing disease. Together with clean water and decent sanitation it can transform people’s health, education and livelihoods. Innovation and technology Innovation – 'being creative and agile, always learning, and prepared to take risks to accelerate change'. Monitoring and accountability We monitor progress in delivery of clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene at global, national and organisational levels. Sanitation 892 million people do not have access to a toilet. Where people don’t have clean water and adequate sanitation, disease spreads fast. Sustainable Development Goals How can the world work together to reach everyone, everywhere with clean water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030? Sustainability How can we make sure clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene are a normal part of daily life for good? Urban and small towns The global urban population is expanding rapidly. What does this mean for access to clean water, toilets and hygiene? Water security Around the world, 785 million people face a daily struggle to access enough clean water. They have no choice but to drink dirty water.