What is a "gap?"
A WASH gap is any perceived deficiency in the effectiveness and/or efficiency of WASH systems and responses that limit the humanitarian sector's potential to meet essential needs, minimize WASH-related diseases, restore life with dignity to people experiencing emergencies, and strengthen resilience.
Why is GWC doing a follow-on gap analysis?
Significant change has happened in the seven years since the first WASH gap analysis in 2013. Humanitarian needs have evolved, research and innovation have moved ahead, and new gaps have likely emerged.
The Global WASH Cluster will analyze the results to see how the WASH sector can best respond to those priority gaps identified. Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) will use the results of the study to identify which gaps can be best supported through innovation and potentially be included in its WASH innovation priorities, and we hope the results may influence other innovation funders in choosing which areas in the sector require investment.
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