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The vision of the Global WASH Cluster (GWC) is that enhancing and strengthening effective and accountable humanitarian coordination for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) will result in timely, predictable and high-quality WASH outcomes that are inclusive and equitable, for the people most affected by and vulnerable to crises. At the global level, the GWC supports the cluster approach by strengthening the system-wide preparedness and coordination of response capacity in humanitarian crises and providing clear leadership and accountability. At the country level, the GWC supports national coordination platforms (NCPs) to strengthen partnerships, and the predictability and accountability of humanitarian action, by improving prioritization and clearly defining the roles and responsibilities of humanitarian organizations. As a priority, the GWC supports NCPs on the delivery of the 6+1 core functions, which guide cluster coordination, as outlined in the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Reference Module for Cluster Coordination.

The GWC operates on the principles of coordinated partnership, promoting effective and accountable humanitarian WASH coordination that is inclusive, equitable and people-centered. The GWC is led by UNICEF as the Cluster Lead Agency (CLA) and is open to actors working in the humanitarian WASH sector across international organizations, United Nations agencies, international non-governmental organizations, academic institutes, and donors.

The GWC has two membership categories, including 94 members, and 2 standing observers. For more details and information on GWC member applications please see the membership page.


Cluster Advocacy and Support Team (CAST)

The Cluster Advocacy and Support Team (CAST) was established to implement the GWC Strategic Plan in close collaboration with the GWC Strategic Advisory Group (SAG).

Strategic Advisory Group (SAG)

The Global WASH Cluster’s (GWC) Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) currently has twelve members who represent GWC members and national coordination platforms (NCPs).

Field Support Team (FST)

The Field Support Team (FST) mechanism is the principal means for the Global WASH Cluster to provide operational support to National Coordination Platforms (NCPs) on coordination, information management and assessment.


The Global WASH Cluster (GWC) operates on the principles of coordinated partnership, promoting holistic, people-centred and inclusive humanitarian responses in the WASH sector.

Working Groups

The TWiG will support and strengthen the sector with regards to addressing issues linked with evidence base and WASH.

Contacts and Helpdesk

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List of available vacancies for WASH area of responsibility.

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