SSWM Toolbox

Sustainable Sanitation and Water Management Toolbox - Tangible tools and resources to solve sanitation and water management challenges

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  • 2008 - ongoing

  • Clients

    Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), GIZ, and UNDP Cap-Net.



    All users of the open-source knowledge platform.

    Key Partners

    Antenna Foundation
    Swiss RE Foundation
    Swiss Bluetec Bridge

    Access to knowledge is a critical component of inclusive, sustainable development. We aim to remove barriers and promote a free exchange of ideas because we can only meet future challenges. Therefore, in 2010, we have launched the first Sustainable Sanitation and Water Management (SSWM) Toolbox as an open-source integrated knowledge platform for capacity development in the water and sanitation sector (and related sectors). Online knowledge products that can be accessed even from the most remote areas are becoming increasingly important, especially in times of crisis. This platform helps the water and sanitation community access relevant knowledge and drive creative, innovative, and technological advancement in the sector.

    The SSWM Toolbox is the most comprehensive and open-source knowledge platform on sustainable sanitation and water management. It provides access to relevant knowledge and compiles “best of” instruments (technologies, methodologies, or planning tools) geared to optimise sanitation and water management interventions in an easy-to-understand yet comprehensive way.


    The Toolbox contains over 1000 factsheets, online courses, case studies and an extensive literature database. It is a teaching and implementation tool for planners, NGOs and practitioners, a training and coaching platform for start-ups, a resource for leaders and decision-makers, and a learning tool for students. It is used for the design and implementation of training and workshops worldwide, and much of the content has been translated into different languages. It is continuously updated and enriched with additional knowledge and -thanks to more than 100’000 users per month, it remains the most visited knowledge resource in the sector.


    The SSWM Toolbox was the Winner of the IWA-PIA Development Award “Sanitation and Wastewater Software Category” 2011.

    Together with partners and clients, we continuously develop new knowledge products in line with current sector trends and always tailored to our partner’s needs and the needs of their target group. Examples of the services we provide are:


    Explore and discover

    • Analysing and structuring the knowledge base for targeted audiences.


    Co-create and design

    • Develop innovative knowledge products together with partners (from strategic decision support for start-ups, over technical solutions for practitioners to scientific contexts for students).



    • Provide the community with the necessary skills to drive creative, innovative, and technological advancement in the sector. 


    Reach and connect

    • The most comprehensive online knowledge platform in the water and sanitation sector consisting of more than 1000 factsheets, video-based online courses, case studies and much more.

    Let’s work together!

    Are you interested in making use of our extensive user numbers for your outreach? Do you want to tap into our network and sector knowledge? Get in touch with us so we can jointly explore how we can support you.

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