FIETS sustainability principles

By working with the FIETS sustainability principles, WASTE ensures that when a project or programme ends, the processes set in motion continue without the interference of WASTE. The FIETS sustainability principles take the following 5 Aspects into account:

Financial - Institutional - Environmental - Technology - Social


Financial sustainability

Continuity in the delivery of products and services related to water, sanita­tion and hygiene is assured, because the activities are locally financed and do not depend on external (foreign) subsidies.

Institutional sustainability

WASH systems, institutions and procedures at the local level are functional and meet the demand of users of WASH services. All WASH stakeholders at the local and national level are clear on their own roles and responsibilities.

Environmental sustainability

We place WASH interventions in the wider context of the natural environment. We imple­ment an approach of integrated and sustainable management of water, waste (-water) flows and resources.

Technological sustainability

The tech­nology or hardware needed for WASH services continues to function: it can be maintained, repaired and replaced by local people. Appropriate technology is affordable and does not deplete the (natural) resources on which it depends for it’s functioning.

Social sustainability

Appropriate social conditions are realised to make sure that the current and future society are able to create healthy and liveable communities. Social sustainable intervention is demand-driven, inclusive, gender equal, culturally sensitive and needs-based.


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