SWA has over 170 partners, divided into five constituencies to ensure balanced representation of different WASH stakeholders. 

Sanitation and Water for All has a simple structure – a high-level Chair, a Steering Committee led by an Executive Chair, the partners divided into five constituencies, and a small Secretariat.

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The Chair provides leadership to SWA, and engages politicians and high-level decision makers on behalf of the partnership. Partners elect representatives from each constituency to sit on the Steering Committee and delegate decision-making authority to them.  The Steering Committee takes overall responsibility for strategic leadership of SWA and elects the Executive Chair. 



The partnership is the collective of partners, the Chair, the Steering Committee and the Secretariat. The partnership meets in periodic Partnership Meetings, with senior representation from each partner, to review SWA’s progress and provide advice to the Steering Committee.


Partners lead SWA. The makeup of the partnership reflects the diverse nature of the stakeholders in the WASH sector, and partners include governments, multilateral and intergovernmental organizations, development banks, academia and civil society organizations. 

SWA partners are divided into five constituencies: 

  1. Countries
  2. External Support Agencies
  3. Civil Society Organizations
  4. Research and Learning Institutions
  5. Private Sector

Partners work towards a common vision of universal access to safe water and adequate sanitation through a transparent and results-oriented framework for action.
Read more about SWA Partners


The Chair provides leadership to SWA, and engages politicians and high-level decision makers on behalf of the partnership. Former Minister of Foreign Affairs (2010-2012) and Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Mr. Kevin Rudd, is the second high-level Chair of SWA.
Read more about the SWA Chair

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee governs SWA. Members are a representative sub-group of the SWA partners and constituencies.

The Steering Committee assumes overall leadership for the strategic direction of SWA and oversees all SWA activities. It meets regularly throughout the year and takes all key decisions about the partnership’s direction and drives the initiative forward. It holds decision-making authority and may set up and oversee subcommittees to carry out key tasks and functions. It also mandates and tasks the Secretariat. The Executive Chair of SWA is the Chair of the Steering Committee.
Read more about the Steering Committee function.

Working Groups

The Steering Committee creates Working Groups where tasks require specific attention and Standing Committees where there is a need for attention. Current Groups include the Country Processes, and the Global Monitoring Harmonization Working Group Working Groups. Further the Steering Committee creates other short-term sub-groups on a variety of issues. 
Read more about the Working Groups


SWA has a small Secretariat to support the functioning of the partnership. It is tasked, mandated by, and reports to the Steering Committee to serve the SWA partnership. It carries out specific and defined tasks required for SWA activities in keeping with the Secretariat Terms of Reference. The Secretariat is hosted by UNICEF, at the request of the Steering Committee. The Secretariat is funded by partners through bilateral agreements. 
Read more about the SWA Secretariat