Oxfam's Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Resources

Welcome to Oxfam's Water, Sanitation and Hygiene resource website, containing all our guidance, technical briefs, videos and templates on a range of WASH subjects.

Some of our most popular topics include solar powered water supply, hygiene kits, community engagement, safe programming, innovation, the community perception tracker, bulk water treatment, tiger worm toilets, Sani Tweaks, handwashing promotion, and IEC materials.

Latest Updates

January 2023
New Cholera Response Toolkit

November 2022
New Faecal Sludge Management Report from Bangladesh
New lamella clarifier innovation report

October 2022
New Sani-Tweaks research: Different responses: same old shit
New Chlorination guidance
New Environmental checklist

March 2022
A new topic: Market Based Programming

February 2022
New videos about solar panel selection and security, and a variety of other resources added from the Solar Hub.

January 2022
Our water distribution network advice has been significantly revised and expanded.

November 2021
Some of our most popular pages are now available in French 🇫🇷.
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More research added about the CPT.

October 2021
As the WASH Innovation Fund reopens for applications, new information has been added about existing innovation projects.

The latest findings on the 2021 Emergency WASH Gap Analysis are now available.

We have written a new excreta disposal in emergencies manual.

August 2021
We've written a new technical brief about pre-paid commmunal water dispensers (Water ATMs) and updated the techical brief about handwashing stations.

June 2021
The presentation of the community perception tracker to the EEHF is now online.

January 2021
Totally revised bulk water treatment guidelines.
A new topic and technical brief: desalination.
Sani Tweaks has a new video and is now available in Bengali.

Latest from our YouTube Channel

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Sani Tweaks

Research shows that many emergency latrines are not used by the people they are intended for.

Sani Tweaks is about simple changes that can fix this: consulting users, modifying latrines, and providing sanitation as a service, not a one-off installation.

Discover Best Practices in Sanitation

Handwashing Stand

After years of development, the Oxfam Supply Centre and WASH teams are pleased to unveil a new piece of kit to overcome many of the problems seen with existing handwashing solutions.

Find out more about Handwashing

Solar Pumping

Solar power is the preferred choice and the first option that all Oxfam projects should consider for off grid pumping.

Through the Global Solar and Water Initiative we have produced lots of useful resources, including the recent ‘Solar Pumping Water Supply’ book.

Solar Pumping Page

Community Perception Tracker

The CPT is an approach that uses a mobile tool to
enable staff to capture, analyse and understand the
perceptions of communities during disease outbreaks.

Find Out More


Oxfam's Miniumum Requirements for WASH Programmes is our essential guide for WASH staff and partners. It describes the processes and standards that Oxfam WASH programmes should follow if they are to be carried out effectively, consistently and in a way which treats affected communities with respect.

All WASH staff members are expected to understand and follow these Minimum Requirements.

Oxfam's Minimum Requirements for WASH in Programmes

Our Strategy

Oxfam aims to be the leading player in humanitarian WASH by:

  • demonstrating rapid and high quality emergency response,
  • influencing the WASH sector with evidence of our effectiveness,
  • supporting community resilience in disaster prone and fragile contexts and
  • enhancing national capacity to improve WASH coverage for the most vulnerable.

Read our 2020 WASH Strategy

Water Treatment, Supply & Distribution

Access to water is one of Oxfam's typical responses in emergencies, and this website has many resources about this.

These include our water treatment manual, water distribution network design advice, technical briefs about household water treatment, water trucking and more.

Supply Centre

All humanitarian agencies can access Oxfam's equipment from the Oxfam Supply Centre. The website includes all specifications and instruction manuals for our kit.

Visit the Supply Centre Website