Knowledge and Learning is an integral part of the Water for Women approach. It positions the Fund as an important contributor to global knowledge development and sharing in inclusive WASH and is a key priority for all partners. Fund-generated evidence about innovative and sustainable gender and socially inclusive WASH will enable the Fund partners to share learning and program for long-term impact and sustainability. It will also provide the basis to influence sector-wide WASH policy and practice.



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December 2022

Stronger systems for inclusive and sustainable WASH

Three in a series of four learning notes that are being published by Water for Women on stronger systems for inclusive and sustainable WASH.



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December 2022

Disability-inclusive WASH:
Practice within Water for Women

This learning brief explores key lessons learnt from implementing disability-inclusive WASH projects and research across Water for Women – in particular, strategies that contribute to meaningful participation and equality of outcomes.


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October 2022

Knowledge and Practice Gaps in Climate Resilient Inclusive WASH

This report outlines the unique strengths and contributions that Water for Women can make to building climate change resilience and adaptation in inclusive water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), through contributions to the regional and global WASH sector and enhanced internal capacity.


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October 2022

Handwashing Behaviour Change: Learning from Water for Women

This learning brief consolidates and analyses approaches and lessons learnt with regard to improving handwashing behaviours across the 20 Water for Women civil society organisation (CSO) projects in 15 countries.



October 2022

This report and summary is a synthesis of insights from 16 WASH projects being delivered by partner civil society organisations (CSOs) and the approaches they pursue to ensure no one is left behind.


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August 2022

Partnerships for Transformation: Guidance for WASH and Rights Holder Organisations

This guidance offers insights into effective partnerships between water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector organisations and rights holder organisations (RHOs). It provides practical recommendations for
effective collaboration in all types of partnerships and is designed to support organisations looking to begin, build or strengthen partnerships to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.


August 2022

This guidance and accompanying literature review is intended to support water, WASH actors to implement approaches to shift social norms that underpin WASH behaviours for marginalised and vulnerable groups. These resources will be useful for program managers and technical advisers working to ensure WASH projects leave no one behind.


March 2022

Developed under a Learning Agenda initiative led by the University of Technology Sydney Institute for Sustainable Futures, this compilation and synthesis of Water for Women case studies presents a range of contexts, approaches and experiences on monitoring safely managed water and sanitation services in urban and rural areas across the Asia-Pacific region, including Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Cambodia, Bhutan and Papua New Guinea.


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November 2021

Making the Critical Connections between Climate Resilience and Inclusive WASH: Lessons from Water for Women

As part of a learning initiative under Water for Women’s Learning Agenda, This report features 12 vignettes from Water for Women partners working on projects in the Asia-Pacific that are helping to build climate resilience through inclusive and sustainable WASH programs and research. It also outlines recommendations from the partners for strengthening climate resilience for inclusive WASH at different levels.



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August 2021

Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Self-Assessment Tool 

The (GESI SAT) represents the culmination of years of collaborative work across the Fund, and has been co-created by Water for Women and the Sanitation Learning Hub

It is a facilitation guide for WASH project managers, researchers and self-assessment facilitators to support individual and collective reflective practice on the extent and quality of gender equality and social inclusion work in WASH projects and organisations.


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May 2021

Pivotal not peripheral: Ending period poverty by prioritising menstrual health and hygiene in WASH

The time is over for peripheral programming on menstrual health and hygiene (MHH) in WASH. It is now pivotal, particularly given the context of COVID-19 restrictions, which have exacerbated period poverty and decreased availability and access to hygienic facilities, sanitary products and information to support stigma-free safe and dignified menstruation.

Launched on Menstrual Hygiene Day 2021, this Learning Brief shares learning drawn from 14 Water for Women projects on approaches and entry points for making MHH pivotal in WASH.


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June 2020

Sexual and Gender Minorities and COVID-19: Guidance for WASH delivery

Developed by Water for Women and Edge Effect to provide some key principles, considerations and actions which Water for Women Fund partners, and the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector more broadly, can apply to strengthen sexual and gender minority inclusion in their COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 programming responses and adaptations.


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June 2020

Disability inclusion and COVID-19: Guidance for WASH delivery

Around 15% of the world’s population has a disability. People with disability are at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 and are more likely to be disproportionately affected by the health, economic and social impacts of the global health pandemic. 

Developed by Water for Women and CBM Australia to provide some key principles, considerations and actions which Water for Women Fund partners, and the WASH sector more broadly, can apply to strengthen disability inclusion in their COVID-19 programming responses and adaptations.


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January 2020

Learning Brief: 'Do No Harm’ for inclusive WASH: working towards a shared understanding

Water for Women sees an intentional focus on ‘Do No Harm’ (DNH) approaches as a critical way of supporting an ethical approach to inclusion. This includes addressing the risk of backlash that comes with supporting representation and decision-making of women and marginalised groups to ensure that no one is left behind in WASH programming. The Fund aims to sharpen collective understanding and practice of DNH as a focus for learning as part of strengthening ‘inclusive WASH’.  

This Learning Brief aims to advance the Fund’s collective learning on these issues by reflecting on the discussions throughout the Systems Strengthening for Inclusive WASH learning event held in December 2019 in Nepal, through the lens of these DNH dimensions.


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December 2019

Disability Inclusive Systems Strengthening in WASH: How can we do it better?

The growing commitment to disability inclusive WASH within the sector has seen much progress in terms of accessible WASH infrastructure at all levels and support for people with disability to manage their WASH needs within their households and communities.

The WASH sector is also increasingly focused on the broader enabling environment for WASH policy and practice, or on strengthening ‘WASH systems’. The linkage of these two streams of work, however, remains an area for further learning and innovation.

This Learning Brief aims to advance the Fund’s collective learning on these issues by reflecting on the discussions throughout the Systems Strengthening for Inclusive WASH learning event held in December 2019 in Nepal.


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December 2019

Stepping Up: Ensuring sexual and gender minorities are not left behind

The Water for Women gender and social inclusion (GESI) framework includes sexual and gender minority (SGM) inclusion, alonGESIde inclusion of people with disabilities and more conventional approaches to gender inclusion.

This Learning Brief aims to advance the Fund’s collective learning on SGM issues and inclusion by reflecting on the discussions throughout the Systems Strengthening for Inclusive WASH learning event held in December 2019 in Nepal.


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October 2019

Leave No One Behind Learning Day – sharing insights from World Water Week

On October 3 2019, the Australian WASH Reference Group and the Water for Women Fund hosted an industry-wide Learning Day in Melbourne to share insights from the Stockholm International Water Institute’s 2019 World Water Week (WWW) and explore implications from key presentations for Australian WASH sector organisations.


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September 2019

Learning Brief: 'Do No Harm' - Women's Empowerment in WASH

The empowerment of women and marginalised people is central to Water for Women, and recognised as key to leaving no one behind in achieving clean water and sanitation for all (SDG 6). But it can come at a cost, if we do not pro-actively address backlash and potential harms involved in challenging entrenched gender and social norms. This is what is known as having a ‘Do No Harm’ lens.

With funding support from the Australian Government, Water for Women supported one of its partners, Habitat for Humanity Fiji, to undertake a pilot in Do No Harm on women’s empowerment in WASH.  The pilot involved collaboration with the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre and supported the use and adaptation of IWDA’s DNH toolkit: Integrating the Elimination of Violence Against Women into Women’s Economic Empowerment Program.

Reflections and lessons learned from this are shared in this learning brief.


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