Collective action is in our DNA. Through collaborative partnerships and networks, we work in close cooperation with our partners and target groups. This allows for synergies, the free exchange of experiences and knowledge, as well as resource efficiency.

Sufosec – Alliance for Sustainable Food Systems and Empowered Communities

Sufosec (for Sustainable Food Systems and Empowered Communities), the Swiss Alliance for Sustainable Food Worldwide, is an alliance of six international cooperation NGOs. Their common goal is to sustainably reduce hunger and malnutrition by strengthening local food systems and communities on the basis of agroecological methods. The cooperation has been in place since 2020 and is being continuously intensified; it brings together the complementary expertise and experience of all stakeholders in the North and South and creates synergies for the efficient use of funds. The effect is systematically reviewed and improved.

The alliance organisations are Fastenaktion, SWISSAID, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Suisse, Vivamos Mejor, Aqua Alimenta and Skat Foundation. They are currently involved in a total of over 450 projects in poverty-stricken countries in the global South – in close cooperation with local civil society organisations. Together, they want to achieve the goals of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with regard to hunger and malnutrition in the participating programme areas. The alliance is financially supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) as part of its programme contributions. A continuation of the cooperation is planned for the period 2025 to 2028.

hands4health – Hand hygiene, water quality and sanitation in primary health care and schools not connected to functional water supply systems

Hands4health is a joint initiative of NGOs, academia and private sector entities working to develop and implement a comprehensive approach to hand hygiene, water quality and sanitation in primary health care facilities and schools not connected to functional water supply. The four-year research project (2021-2024) has a budget of CHF 4,700,000 funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and benefits an estimated 97,000 vulnerable people in 4 countries. In Mali and Burkina Faso, the project concentrates on primary health care staff; in Nigeria and Palestine, the intervention tackles primary schoolchildren.

The consortium comprises University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW)Swiss Tropical and Public Health InstituteSwiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)University of MaiduguriPalestine Polytechnic UniversityTerre des hommesCesviSkat FoundationRANAS Ltd. and Martin Systems GmbH. Together, the partners envision to change the current reality of low- and middle-income countries, where 45% of primary health care facilities and 50% of schools do not have access to handwashing, basic hygiene and water supply systems.

REAL-Water – Rural Evidence and Learning for Water

Rural Evidence and Learning for Water (REAL-Water) is an implementation research programme (2021-2026) launched by USAID that aims to develop strategies to expand access to safe, equitable, and sustainable rural water supplies in low- and middle-income countries. REAL-Water draws knowledge from a consortium of ten partners, namely the Aquaya InstituteAguaconsult, Johns Hopkins University, Hydroconseil, the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF), the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Skat Foundation’s Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN)Safe Water Network, Water Mission and Water, Environment, Land and Livelihoods (WELL) Labs.


REAL-Water has three main components:

  1. Implementation research that applies scientific methods, international collaboration and rigorous analyses
  2. Evidence for decision-making by national policymakers and government officials, development partners, and public and private sector service providers
  3. Coordination and collaboration with related programmes that are contributing to the WASH knowledge base


It aims to support policymakers, development partners, and service providers to make strategic decisions and implement best practices for rural water management. REAL-Water focal areas comprise Water Provider Performance, Water Resources and Water Safety. The focal countries for field research include Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Peru, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zambia, with additional countries under evaluation.

Skat Foundation also partners with:


  • African Development Bank – AfDB
  • Applied Health Education & Agricultural Development – AfricaAHEAD
  • International Engineering Associates – IEA
  • Jacana Foundation
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – KNUST
  • Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency Tanzania – RUWASA
  • Southern Highlands Participatory Organisation – SHIPO
  • The Water Institute, Tanzania
  • The Watershed Committee, Arusha, Tanzania
  • University of Maiduguri – UNIMAID


  • Asian Development Bank – ADB
  • Cesvi
  • Geruva Rural Awareness Association
  • Palestine Polytechnic University
  • Smart Paani
  • Water, Environment, Land and Livelihoods Labs – WELL Labs


  • Institute for Sustainable Futures – ISF

Switzerland & Europe

  • Aguaconsult
  • All-Ukrainian Association of Amalgamated Communities
  • Aqua Alimenta
  • Ask for Water Ltd.
  • benevol St. Gallen
  • BluAct Technologies Ltd.
  • Eawag – Sandec
  • Ecopartner Ltd.
  • Fastenaktion
  • Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation
  • Hydroconseil
  • Martin Systems Ltd
  • RANAS Ltd.
  • Skat Consulting Ltd.
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne – EPFL
  • Swiss Toilet Organisation
  • Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
  • Swiss Water Partnership
  • Terre des hommes Foundation – Tdh
  • University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland – FHNW
  • University of Oxford – REACH
  • University of St. Gallen
  • Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Suisse – VSF-Suisse
  • Vivamos Mejor
  • WaterAid

Latin America & the Caribbean

  • Asociación Centroamericana para la Economía, la Salud y el Ambiente – ACEPESA
  • Asociación Pro Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible – Pro-ODS
  • Asociación Rayaka Laya
  • Corporación Comabaquinta
  • Fundación Ser Familia
  • Hermanas del Apostolado del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús
  • Parish San Miguel, Municipality of Choachi
  • Parish St. Marcelino Champagnat
  • SMART Centre Nicaragua
  • Social Programme PROSOFI, Javeriana University
  • Sociedad Científica Cubana para el Desarrollo de la Familia

North America

  • Aquaya
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Inter-American Development Bank – IDB
  • Water Mission


  • Energy Action Partners – ENACT
  • Hydro-empowerment Network – HPNET
  • IRC
  • Safe Water Network
  • Sustainable Sanitation Alliance – SuSanA
  • The World Bank