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HEKS is an aid organisation that works towards a more humane and fairer world. At the centre of its commitment to socially disadvantaged sections of the population lies the dignity of every individual. HEKS provides humanitarian and emergency aid in its projects and fights the causes of hunger, injustice and social deprivation in Switzerland and abroad. The access to resources like water is a major focus of its work.


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Thematic expertise

Integrated Water Resources Management

  • Watershed & land management (basin/local level, participatory/multi-stakeholder planning)
  • National/transboundary watershed management (incl. policy/institutional issues)

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)

Water for food

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

Water for other uses

  • Water processing

Water for nature

  • DRR (flood management/ drought)

Water and climate change

  • Adaptation
  • Mitigation

Geographic expertise

Contact Person

Raymond Rohner - info@heks.ch


  • South Sudan: Integrated Solutions for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

    Limited access to safe water points is a common problem for many communities in South Sudan. In Central Equatorial State HEKS supports the local partner organization SSUHA (South Sudan Health Association) who offers integrated solutions for water, sanitation and hygiene in isolated rural villages. The drilling of boreholes and the digging of shallow wells is […]
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  • Niger: Access to Water for Pastoralists

    At the beginning of the dry season pastoralists migrate hundreds of kilometers with their livestock from the arid North to the agriculturally based South until the first rains allow the return to the greening pastures again. Access to water is a particular challenge in these transhumance corridors, often leading to conflicts between agriculturalists and pastoralists. […]
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  • Ethiopia: Filtering Fluoride Contaminated Water

    The problem of natural fluoride contamination in drinking water covers a wide area in the Rift Valley of Ethiopia. More than 8 million people are estimated to be exposed to the risk of developing fluorosis, irreversibly affecting teeth and the skeleton. Efforts made either by the government or other institutions have not been sufficient due […]
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