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Aid watchdog urges DfID to consolidate gains on water, sanitation and hygiene

Success of Department for International Development schemes in reaching 63 million people acknowledged, but greater focus on sustainability encouraged

The UK has brought water, sanitation and hygiene improvements to almost 63 million people in poorer countries over the past few years, but its aid programmes still need to be more sustainable, targeted and detailed, according to the independent aid watchdog.

In a new report, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (Icai) says the Department for International Development (DfID) has made a “significant contribution” to extending global access to water, sanitation and hygiene, noting that DfID managed to exceed its target of reaching 60 million people through its programmes between 2011 and 2015.

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