Agenda for Change is a collaboration to achieve universal water, sanitation and hygiene services by 2030.

Launched in May 2015 by Aguaconsult, IRC, WaterAid, Water For People and Osprey Foundation, Agenda for Change sets out what we think we need to do and how we need to act so that everyone, everywhere has water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services that last forever.  Agenda for Change stems from Everyone Forever from Water For People, the Service Delivery Approach of IRC, the WaterAid District-wide Approach and the aid effectiveness agenda of the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) partnership.  The collaboration continues to grow and our current membership includes:

Join us in this effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Learn more about our joint principles here.

We want to cultivate a new way of working: supporting the delivery of sustainable services through systems strengthening.  This involves underpinning services with financial planning that takes into account both the start up and the ongoing life cycle of the service. At the heart of this work is the development of people's competency and their capacity to maintain services. We encourage them to learn and continually adapt based on hard evidence of what really works, not just now, but in 10, 20 and 30 years. We have identified Uganda, Rwanda and Honduras as countries that are ready for rapid progress, but our members work in many more countries.

We face a complex challenge. 

It requires collective action with different people and organisations from across the sector, working together to deliver a service that lasts. It means holding ourselves accountable not for how many pumps or toilets we build, but for how many people have access to a service of acceptable quality. The networks (hubs) in the countries where we work are in the process of developing the road maps to achieve universal access based on local context. We already have the confidence of governments in these countries, and agreement to work together towards universal coverage and sustained access for everyone, everywhere, forever. We will work together to align our programming and build our network for collective action.

Together we will:

  • Enhance government leadership of sector planning processes
  • Strengthen and use country systems
  • Use one information and mutually agreeable platform
  • Build sustainable water and sanitation sector financing strategies
  • Collectively, we are committed to providing a sustainable level of service