Welcome to the FIETS sustainability portal

The focus of the WASH Alliance is to create results that are able to sustain themselves after our support has stopped. To realise this, we identified five key areas of sustainability that need to be addressed in order to achieve structural impact: Financial, Institutional, Environmental, Technological and Social sustainability. We call this our FIETS sustainability approach. This portal contains everything you need to know about our FIETS sustainability approach and about the different FIETS products, tools and best practices of our alliance.


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Special focus within our sustainability approach is the recognition of the interdependencies between water, energy, food security and climate change. In our work we highlight an integrated approach whereby we can manage the risks of water, energy and food scarcity, while realising inclusive green growth.

The five principles of sustainability

Financial sustainability
Financial Sustainability means that continuity in the delivery of products and services related to water, sanitation and hygiene is assured, because the activities are locally financed (e.g. taxes, local fees, local financing) and do not depend on external (foreign) subsidies.

Institutional sustainability
Institutional sustainability in the WASH sector means that WASH systems, institutions, policies and procedures at the local level are functional and meet the demand of users of WASH services. Households and other WASH service users, authorities and service providers at the local and the national level are clear on their own roles, tasks and responsibilities, are capable of fulfilling these roles effectively and are transparent to each other. WASH stakeholders work together in the WASH chain through a multi-stakeholder approach.

Environmental sustainability
The element of environmental sustainability implies placing WASH interventions in the wider context of the natural environment and implementing an approach of integrated and sustainable management of water and waste(-water) flows and resources. WASH interventions connect to and affect the natural environment and hence people’s livelihood.

Technical sustainability
Technological sustainability of WASH services is reached when the technology or hardware needed for the services continues to function is maintained, repaired and replaced by local people and it is not depleting the (natural) resources on which it depends for it’s functioning.

Social sustainability
Social sustainability refers to ensuring that the appropriate social conditions and prerequisites are realized and sustained so the current and future society is able to create healthy and liveable communities. Social sustainable intervention is demand-driven, inclusive (equity), gender equal, culturally sensitive and needs-based.

To see how the sustainability principles relate to the results framework, click here.

Watch the videos

Watch the videos on FIETS sustainability system as used by the WASH Alliance.

Une vidéo explicative sur du système durabilité de FIETS, comme utilisé par l’alliance WASH en français