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SWIFT Consortium

Collecting water from two large water treatment units  (Credit: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam)

At a glance

Working for sustainable access to safe water and sanitation and encouraging the adoption of basic hygiene practices in fragile contexts.


Few fragile states have met their water and sanitation-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The SWIFT Consortium aims to deliver sustainable access to safe water and sanitation and encourage the adoption of basic hygiene practices in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Kenya.

The programme's objective is to provide water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services to nearly 850,000 people by December 2015, and build capacity until March 2018 to ensure interventions are sustainable, helping to bridge the gap between humanitarian and development programmes.

Where we work

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

The SWIFT programme in DRC is implemented in North Kivu, South Kivu and Maniema. Tearfund is delivering services in all three provinces, while Oxfam is working through partners in North Kivu, including Centre de Promotion Socio Sanitaire (CEPROSSAN), Hyfro, and Programme de Promotion de Soins Santé Primaires (PPSSP).

Activities include the rehabilitation or construction of protected springs, spring-fed gravity water systems and hand-dug wells; training of Water Users and Water Management Committees in rural and semi-urban contexts; and facilitation of the Villages et Ecoles Assainis ('Healthy Villages and Schools') approach.

Tearfund is directly implementing the bulk of its activities, but is receiving support from Africa Ahead for piloting Community Health Clubs (CHCs): community-based organisations dedicated to preventing diseases through safe hygiene.


The SWIFT programme in Kenya is implemented in Marsabit, Nairobi, Turkana and Wajir.

Activities range from borehole drilling and the construction of shallow wells and solar pumping systems, to strengthening water utility companies, building the capacity of village-level WASH committees, installing 'Fresh Life' toilets, and conducting mass media campaigns for hygiene behavioural change.

The SWIFT programme in Kenya is implemented by partners including Arid Lands Development Focus (ALDEF), BBC Media Action, Concern Worldwide, Practical Action, Sanergy, WASDA and Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), and in collaboration with the Government of Kenya and a number of water service providers.


The SWIFT programme initially included activities in Liberia as well as DRC and Kenya, but the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa led to these activities being terminated in December 2014.

How we work

Led by Oxfam, the SWIFT Consortium includes Tearfund and ODI as global members, and Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) as global associate, along with over 12 implementing partners in the two focus countries. The SWIFT programme is implemented in collaboration with the governments of DRC and Kenya, and with a number of water service providers.

The SWIFT programme is funded by UK aid from the UK government, which is committed to making progress on providing access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) by December 2015, when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire. It has set up a WASH Results Programme, directly managed by the Department for International Development (DFID), to deliver WASH interventions. 

The overall objective of the programme is to reach 4.5 million people by December 2015 and to strengthen national and local systems, building capacity to help ensure interventions are sustainable. The SWIFT Consortium is one of three consortia implementing activities as part of DFID's WASH Results Programme and working to achieve this objective.

Payment By Results

All three consortia are being funded under 'Payment By Results' (PBR) contracts. Instead of a grant, payment is tied to outputs and outcomes that are monitored and verified by an independent organisation, with non-delivery by the December 2015 deadline resulting in non-payment.

Results must also be sustainable if the SWIFT Consortium is to receive payment in full. Following the deadline for delivery, the consortium has two years to follow up and continue to engage with communities and local government to ensure sustainability.  Checks will be carried out in 2017 and March 2018, and non-sustainability will result in reduced payment.

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