The Empowerment in WASH Index (EWI) is a pragmatic survey-based tool made to measure, monitor and carry out diagnostics of water, sanitation, and hygiene-related interventions, allowing for inclusive and equitable outcomes.



Why did we create this tool?

Safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are critical for human development. Gender is a major concern because women and girls are disproportionally affected by inadequate WASH services. 


We tend to assume that adequate facilities and infrastructure can solve gender disparities. However, technical solutions alone do not address inequalities in terms of harmful gender norms, decision-making power, or control over resources and time. As a result, women may not have access to services that meet their needs.


The Empowerment in WASH Index, EWI was created to change that. The tool is currently being developed and piloted in different cultural and geographic settings. Get in touch if you are interested in applying the EWI in your work.  




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Stockholm Environment Institute, SEI is an international non-profit research and policy organization that tackles environment and development challenges. Dr. Sarah Dickin is leading the development of the tool at SEI. 

IRC is an independent, non-profit organization that drives resilient WASH systems from the ground up. IRC was involved in piloting of the EWI in Burkina Faso and Ghana.

Researchers from the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University, Canada are collaborating with SEI on the development of the EWI. Dr. Elijah Bisung is leading the development of the tool at Queen's University.

REACH is a global research programme to improve water security for the poor by delivering world-class science that transforms policy and practice. REACH supported the development and piloted of EWI through an Accelerated Grant. 




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