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National and Global Scale

Scaling the Model

Water For People has used the work at the district level to demonstrate success and build confidence in the approach as well as trusted partnerships. The proof of Everyone Forever is shared widely with sector partners for replication and scale by district, sub-national, and national governments and private sector players. 

The system-strengthening model is taken up in additional districts, markets, and countries where Water For People does not work, driven by advocacy of current partners and local demand by other (often neighboring) districts, markets, and countries.

Particularly for our sanitation work, national scale is inherently the focus from the onset. From an economic perspective, market-based approaches provide the best chance of delivering these services sustainably. The Path to Scaling Sanitation is always looking at the possibility and plausibility of eventual wider adoption at a scale sufficient to achieve substantial impact that is also economically viable. Several initiatives that Water For People has facilitated are applicable at a national scale, such as the microfinance institution initiative in Nicaragua and the SaTo Pan initiative in Uganda.

Water For People is pleased to collaborate with other organizations and government entities to enable the adoption of district and city wide approaches more widely.


At the national level, we work with governments to strengthen the WASH system, focusing on long-term, holistic approaches to support sustainable service delivery and strengthen local institutions and capacity to deliver. Our goal is to ensure that government provides leadership as service authority and that we develop a strong network of public, civil society, and private actors, capable of providing effective service delivery.

We work with the relevant national ministries to develop national WASH system-strengthening frameworks (using an analysis of the building blocks which underpin the system), regulatory policy, and investment plans which will enable the country to achieve SDG 6 by 2030. Through collaboration with organizations in Agenda for Change and other sector partners, we are supporting the adoption of system-strengthening activities in an additional 23 countries. We participate in coalitions to promote a system-strengthening approach at the national level and provide technical assistance to build capacity of professionals at national and regional levels to adopt our tools and methodologies for collective impact. We also offer technical assistance in response to demand, from technical country teams and beyond the boundaries of current Country Programs, through Strategic Advisory Services.

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