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Reimagine WASH: Making services climate resilient to tackle water scarcity

This project seeks to support countries to implement the “shift” to climate-resilient WASH through support on climate risk analysis, integration of WASH into key national climate priorities (NAP, NDCs), and build capacity on the implementation of more resilient and sustainable services.
In terms of method, it sets out a coherent approach for supporting countries in strengthening the evidence base to inform the identification and prioritization of options for Climate Resilient WASH Programming. The approach is stepwise, commencing with a climate enabling environment assessment for WASH, that analyses climate and WASH policies and the climate financing landscape at the country level. A “Climate and Water Scarcity Task Force for WASH” is also proposed to be formed, to subsequently drive the development of a robust “Climate Rationale for WASH” for each recipient country. This is achieved through a “Climate and Water Scarcity Risk Assessment” and linked “Risk-Informed Bottleneck Analysis Tool - WASHBAT”. Through a multistakeholder dialogue, the WASH BAT has been developed and adapted to systematically assesses the enabling environment for WASH service delivery, by identifying and tracking the barriers to delivering sustainable and climate-resilient services at national, regional, service provider, and community levels. Following the development of the “Climate Rationale for WASH”, support is proposed to be extended for the preparation of high-quality climate financing proposals.

Expected impact

In the short run, this initiative seeks to focus on seven priority Country Offices to build their internal capacity and improve their programming approaches to make WASH climate-resilient.
Looking forward, this project is catalytic funding to kickstart the innovative programming approaching and operationalize key strategic partnerships over the next months for upscaling and “out-scaling” to reach many more countries during 2021 and the new Strategic Plan cycle 2022-2025.
In addition, it is expected that this project will prepare the sector’s ability to increase their “Green ODA” investments in WASH. Despite the fact that many of the climate change impacts are felt through water, investments in climate change adaptation in the WASH sector have been so far limited.



Goal 6
Goal 13
Financing (in USD)
Basic information
Start: 01 March, 2021
Completion: 31 December, 2021
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) (Partnership)
Lead Entity: United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Headquarters - United Nations/Multilateral Body
Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) - Non-governmental Organization(NGO)
UNICEF COs, governmental and non-governmental partners of recipient countries, namely Uganda, State of Palestine, Madagascar, Sudan, Central African Republic, Mauritania, Chad
Initiative focused on COVID-19 pandemic response, prevention and recovery efforts
Geographical coverage
Latin America and the Caribbean
West Asia
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficiaries
This project is aimed at supporting UNICEF in its efforts to shift the entire WASH program towards climate-resilient “green” results by 2021. This shift is comprised of three key benchmarks: (i) To ensure that WASH infrastructure, services and behaviours are sustainable, safe and resilient to climate-related risks; (ii) To ensure that resilient WASH programmes contribute to building community resilience, and (iii) To work towards a low-carbon WASH sector. By achieving this goal, UNICEF will be doing the right thing by supporting the WASH sector in every country where UNICEF has programmes to deliver sustainable, climate-resilient WASH services. That is, this project will provide UNICEF WASH staff, their government and non-government partners with the tools and guidance they need to help shape programmes to deliver increased resilience and sustainability.\\r\\n\\r\\nMaking WASH services resilient to climate change is just part of the issue. The negative impact of water scarcity on children and their families is increasingly of concern in terms of unprecedented levels of population movement, malnutrition, food crisis and ultimately conflict. Despite increasing attention on these issues, still many countries do not have a solid understanding of the availability of -and risks to- water supply.
Contact information
Alejandro Jiménez, Director, Water and Sanitation, alejandro.jimenez@siwi.org, +46 720 50 60 41
Stockholm, Sweden
United Nations