Eight reasons to feel optimistic about the future & one reason to get involved.

Over the next two days, 193 world leaders will commit to the 17 proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), helping to shape development and change for the next 15 years, and work to make a better future. For everyone.

But this all began back in the year 2000, with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Since then, a lot of progress has already been made. The world is becoming a better place to live for millions of people – here are eight reasons why[1]

  1. The world met the MDG target of halving the proportion of people without access to improved drinking water in 2010 – five years ahead of schedule. However, although 2.6 billion people have gained access to improved water since 1990, there are still 663 million people without an improved source of water. 
  2. Between 1990 and 2015, 2.1 billion people gained access to an “improved sanitation facility” – a toilet that hygienically separates people from faeces.
  3. Between 2000 and 2015, more than 200 million people living in slums secured access to one or more of the following: improved water, sanitation, durable housing or less crowded housing conditions. The MDG target had been to “achieve a significant improvement” in the lives of at least 100 million slum-dwellers by 2020.
  4. One in four people had to defecate in the open in 1990; the proportion in 2015 is one in eight. However, there are still 2.5 billion people who do not use an improved sanitation facility and 946 million who still have to defecate in the open.
  5. In 1990, 54% of the world’s population used improved sanitation facilities; in 2015, the figure is 68%.
  6. 15 years ago, more than 2000 children would die every day from diarrhoea caused by inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene. Today, that number has more than halved. It's a huge improvement but there's a long way to go.    
  7. In 2010, the UN general assembly recognised access to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right.
  8. In 2015, FRANK Water celebrated its 10th birthday, having reached 300,000 people. That’s 300,00 people who have safe water and toilets thanks to you.    

And what about the one reason to get involved? Well, the one reason is because all of the things above only changed because people like you, and me, did something to change the way the world was being run in the year 2000. They campaigned, they marched, they donated to causes, they signed petitions and harangued their MPs.

Now it’s our turn again, 15 years later, to get involved and shape our world for the next 15 years.  

Wondering what you could do? Here are a couple of suggestions

Make a donation. FRANK Water has provided safe drinking water and sanitation for more than 300,000 people in 210 villages since it began work in 2005. Help us continue  our work. 


Give a small amount on a regular basis. Regular giving is the oxygen that allows charities to breathe. It’s a way of making a small amount of money go a long way. Whether you can afford to give £3, £10 or £50 each month, the overall impact of your donation will be far greater if you make the same affordable donation on a regular basis

Fundraise. Do something crazy (or not crazy). Our fundraisers are an imaginative crowd. They range from Andy who’s prepared to RUN from John o' Groats to Lands End (840miles) to Gareth who’s hoping to break the world record for number of hours spent ironing.  

Find out more – FRANK Water is an active member of Action 2015 – a network of organisations and individuals that aims to ensure that 2015 is truly a year of action and change.

Share our blog. Get the word out. Tell others what you know.  

[1] Ref: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/jul/23/millennium-development-goal-7-15-achievements-on-environmental-sustainability