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WASH Innovation Challenge Exploring the Barriers to Inclusion Faced by People Living with Incontinence: Apply by June 23: Expired

WASH Innovation Challenge IncontinenceAbout:

In humanitarian settings, because of the additional trauma, stress and potential injuries, the prevalence of incontinence is likely to be significantly higher.

Incontinence is a complex health and social issue that is often overlooked in humanitarian settings. In stable high-income contexts, this health issue is reported for one in four women and one in ten men (Giles-Hansen, 2015).

The aim is looking to understand the experiences of people living with incontinence and the barriers they face to inclusion in WASH humanitarian programming: including needs assessments, program design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E).

Projects will be at the Problem Recognition stage of the innovation process and will aim to provide a comprehensive and developed understanding of the barriers to inclusion faced by people living with incontinence in a specific humanitarian context.

Area of work:

Water, sanitation & hygiene

Funding amount:

Approximately £30,000 to £70,000 per project (total funding available: £100,000)


Applications are welcome from any legally registered entity (eg, INGO, NGO, UN, academic, private company). Successful applicants must work in partnership with a humanitarian actor.

Wherever it is possible, applicants should develop meaningful partnerships with local organisations to support implementation; in particular, with local humanitarian actors and civil society groups [organisations of people with disabilities (OPDs) and older people’s associations (OPAs)].

Any partnerships can be indicative at the Expression of Interest (EOI) stage but must be formalised when your full application is submitted if your proposal is shortlisted.

How to Apply:

To apply for the Challenge, fill out the Expression of Interest (EOI).

The application deadline is June 23.

To access the handbook, click here.


For any questions that are not covered by this Challenge Handbook, please email at hif@elrha.org, referencing ‘Incontinence Management Challenge’ in the subject line.

For more details and find tools, click here.

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