Accelerating Access to Safe and Affordable Water

Natalya Pyagay • 30 January 2018

For more than 25 years, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has been committed to improving access to safe drinking water in low-resource settings. Hilton Foundation’s investments in the water sector have been guided by global ambitions, beginning first with the call to eradicate guinea worm followed by the Millennium Development Goals’ (MDGs) drinking water target.

The adoption of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) gives the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector a new global ambition to strive for – pushing for bigger and better services. The Foundation has embraced this bold challenge with the design and release of its 2017-2021 grantmaking strategy.

In alignment with SDG 6, the Foundation’s shared global vision is for every disadvantaged and vulnerable person, health facility and school to have reliable access to safe and affordable water by 2030 and beyond.

In 2016, the Foundation’s Board of Directors approved a five-year Safe Water strategy to focus on efforts at a local administrative level to ensure adequate coverage and the progressive upgrade of quality services. Hilton Foundation believes that the piloting and demonstration of solutions at a local administrative level (small town, municipality or district) is an important precursor to full-scale implementation. These locally defined areas will provide the space to test new solutions as well as expand already proven approaches. To ensure promising solutions can thrive and be sustained over time, investments will focus on building the policy environment and capabilities of key stakeholders and institutions (at all levels) to deliver on their responsibilities and full potential.

The Foundation's grantees in Ghana include: 


The Sustainable Development Goals Philanthropy Platform (SDGPP or the Platform) is a global initiative that connects philanthropy with knowledge and networks that can deepen collaboration, leverage resources and sustain impact, driving SDG delivery within national development agenda.


Established as a global facilitator that enables strong prtnerships between philanthropic organizations, the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses, and other stakeholders, SDGPP is led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) and supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Ford Foundation, Brach Family Charitable Foundation, UN Foundation and many others. 


SDGPP’s thematic focus in Ghana is built around Access to Universal Free and Affordable Water. For more information, please see our Collaborative Pathways report and our Innovation Challenge initiatives, implemented by Saha Global, TREND and CONIWAS.