Over 15 million people have gained access to safe water and sanitation since 2005 as a result of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Global Water and Sanitation Initiative (GWSI). The plan aims to reach a further 15 million people by 2025.
The initiative promotes a common but adaptable approach amongst National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to establish large-scale, long-term sustainable water and sanitation programmes. It aims to continue its efforts to provide equitable, sustainable and affordable access to water and sanitation services for all, thus contributes towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The 2017 global mapping will be significantly different from the mapping carried out previous years. As a result of the IFRC partnering with Salesforce, this year, the global mapping project offers National Societies the opportunity to include information about their water and sanitation projects through an online portal created by Salesforce.org.
Salesforce and IFRC experts worked together to adapt the portal to the needs of the Movement, creating a unique, tailor-made solution to capture ongoing and new GWSI programmes across the world.
In the past, major logistical and technical challenges in relation to global data collection and analysis has made it difficult to effectively share the story about the GWSI and the achievements of the National Societies taking part. But thanks to this new project, every National Society will now have access to real-time information and data analysis that can easily be uploaded into templates for presentation to partners, donors and other stakeholders.