The UK’s changing approach to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

This information note provides an account of the development of the UK’s WASH portfolio between 2017 and the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, how it has been adapted since, and how well the UK works with multilateral, NGO and private sector partners on WASH.

  1. Status: Completed
  2. Published: 7 April 2022
  3. Type: Information note
  4. Subject: Global health, UK aid funds
  5. Lead commissioner: Tamsyn Barton
  6. SDGs covered:Clean water and sanitation

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We have completed an information note of the UK’s changing approach to approach to water, sanitation and hygiene. We suggest seven areas that would benefit from further scrutiny.


This information note provides a factual account of the development of the UK’s WASH portfolio since 2017, exploring where WASH fits within the UK aid programme, the role of WASH in the UK’s COVID-19 response, and the impact of recent budget reductions on WASH programmes and implementing partners.

Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals relevant to this review are:

  • Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation



Published 9 February 2022

Evidence gathering


Review publication

Published 7 April 2022

Further scrutiny

To be confirmed