Caritas Switzerland

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Access to water and basic sanitation is a human right. With our programmes, we help to ensure that this basic right is realised and that the access of poor, marginalised population groups to clean drinking water, service water and sanitary facilities is improved on a sustainable social, environmental and economic level, reducing the risk of hygiene-related diseases. Furthermore, we support local efforts to improve water management and to ensure an equitable distribution of these natural resources.


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Thematic expertise

Integrated Water Resources Management

  • Watershed & land management (basin/local level, participatory/multi-stakeholder planning)

Water for people

  • Rural/ semi-urban water supply and sanitation
  • Human right to water and sanitation (include water quality, equity, accountability, etc.)
  • Water technologies (water supply and treatment), Sanitation technologies
  • Hygiene promotion and behavior changes
  • Operation and maintenance, monitoring (soft aspects)
  • Other

Water for food

  • Irrigation techniques (e.g. efficiency of irrigation technologies)
  • Operation and maintenance of infrastructure (soft aspects)

Water for other uses

  • DRR (flood management/ drought)
  • Water for energy (hydroelectric techniques, management and financing, water food energy nexus)


Water and climate change

  • Adaptation to climate change
  • Mitigation (renewable energies)

Geographic expertise

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