WASH Advocates was the successor organization to Water Advocates (2005 – 2010) and launched in early 2012 as a project of the New Venture Fund. WASH Advocates closed in December 2015 after 10 years of working to solve the global safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenge. Their mission was to increase awareness of WASH issues and solutions, and to increase the amount and effectiveness of resources devoted to those solutions throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
- Helped provide more WASH, more sustainably, to more people throughout the developing world. That entailed increasing awareness of WASH challenges and solutions, and most importantly converting that heightened awareness into financial, technical, and human resources flowing to the sector.
- Catalyzed stronger partnerships between foundations, corporations, civic/faith groups, implementing nonprofits, schools and universities, the United States government, and others.
- Increased WASH advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and within U.S. agencies, notably the Department of State and USAID.
- Supported WASH advocacy efforts of indigenous civil society networks and leaders in developing countries.
- Encouraged the U.S. and global media to more effectively cover WASH challenges and solutions.
WASH Advocates is the successor organization to Water Advocates (2005 – 2010) and was launched in early 2012 as a project of the New Venture Fund.