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The Global Handwashing Partnership

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Join us in our work to improve and save lives through the effective promotion of handwashing with soap.

The Global Handwashing Partnership (GHP) brings together the expertise, experience, ideas, resources, and reach of those interested in improving and saving lives through the effective promotion of handwashing with soap. Our partners include those working in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); health; nutrition; education; economic development; and global equity sectors. Affiliation with the GHP enables members to learn from each other; share knowledge and strategies; align objectives and resources; and create and harness synergies to improve lives through the effective promotion of handwashing with soap.

There is no specific cost associated with becoming a member of the GHP. However, affiliation does require a commitment to advance handwashing promotion, and to contribute to the work of the GHP in some way, such as through providing financial resources, knowledge sharing, or the like. There are four distinct levels of affiliation with the GHP depending on the expertise, objectives, and resources of both the member and the Secretariat.

The basics about affiliation with the GHP are covered on this page, including:

For more detailed information about joining the GHP, please contact the Secretariat to request the Potential Partner Packet and the membershi[ application. For employment information click here.

Who can become affiliated with the Global Handwashing Partnership?

  • Academics (affiliated with a research institution)
  • Donor organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Multi-lateral agencies
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Private sector entities

Any of the above are welcome to apply for membership to the GHP. If you belong to a group not described by this list, please contact us to inquire further.

While individuals are currently not able to join the GHP in an official capacity, there are many ways for individuals to get involved in saving lives through the promotion of handwashing:

Benefits the Global Handwashing Partnership provides to the general public

The GHP provides opportunities, resources, and tools for the general public. These are available for anyone and include:

Events and networking
Access to knowledge and new resources
 To stay up-to-date on the latest activities of the GHP, sign up for our e-newsletter, the GHP Soapbox.


Benefits of formal affiliation with the Global Handwashing Partnership

The main benefit of formal affiliation with the GHP is the bringing together of diverse organizations to collaborate, build synergies, and focus on achieving universal handwashing promotion and practice.

Benefits in addition to those offered to the general public also include:

Events and networking
  • Opportunities to contribute, present, and otherwise share your organization’s work with a wide audience of handwashing stakeholders
  • Opportunities to partner with a wide range of stakeholders from different sectors to increase the number of people handwashing
  • Opportunities to jointly advocate on key handwashing issues
  • Access to key players in global handwashing through the GHP Secretariat, including introductions for potential collaborations where appropriate
  • Public acknowledgement that your organization supports handwashing promotion
  • Listing and linking to your organization on the GHP website
  • Opportunities to highlight your organization’s resources and news on GHP channels and reach the wider international handwashing community
  • Opportunities for your organization to participate with others
  • The use of the GHP logo might be authorized, if appropriate, on joint communications

Categories of formal affiliation with the Global Handwashing Partnership


Members are the broadest level of affiliation with the GHP. Member organizations should work in handwashing, have an active and demonstrated interest in partnering across sectors to drive and increase the impact of handwashing promotion, and engage in handwashing promotion activities, including around Global Handwashing Day. Members receive the benefits of formal affiliation with the GHP, such as access to events and networking opportunities as well as increased visibility.

Strategic Partner

Strategic partners provide a minimum financial contribution and/or other resources to support the work of the GHP on at least one occasion. They must support the promotion and practice of handwashing with soap to prevent infections and save lives as an international development priority. They must engage in some way in handwashing promotion activities, including around Global Handwashing Day.

 Steering Committee

Steering Committee members provide regular input to steer the direction and deliverables of GHP, including decision-making and contributions to business plan, consultations and product development. They actively work in handwashing, partner across sectors to increase handwashing, engage in handwashing promotion activities around Global Handwashing Day, and they share their handwashing expertise. All Steering Committee members contribute substantial financial and/or in-kind resources to the GHP and attend biannual Steering Committee meetings.

Employment Opportunities

The GHP is looking for an intern! To be considered, applicants must currently be enrolled in an academic program. Learn more and apply here.

Who We Are

Our members include experts from government, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, civil society, and academic institutions.

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What We Do

We promote handwashing through strengthening the hygiene enabling environment, helping projects move from knowledge to action, and leveraging partnerships.

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