Water wins the celebrity Oscar – sanitation stuck on the B-list


Exception: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The latest big name into the field is something of an exception because the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2006 gave US$ 48 million worth in grants which include sanitation and hygiene as well as water. This sector could become a regular part of the Gates' long-term programme. "We are making limited and focused grants to help us understand if there are effective, sustainable, and practical opportunities for a longer term initiative in this area," says the foundation.