2020 will be remembered for many years to come as the year of the COVID-19 pandemic. The whole world was hit hard by the virus and it posed a global challenge in the face of which cooperation has been a fundamental pillar, after it was demonstrated that the coronavirus knows no borders. The health, social and economic impact was greater in countries with fewer resources and in those with weaker health systems, as is understandable. Social distancing, along with water and soap, became one of the main ways of protecting against the disease, in a world where one in six hospitals still has no hand-washing facilities.

Status of programmes

Currently, 42 programmes have been completed and 39 more are in the live portfolio. Six of these programmes are in the design phase and will begin to be implemented in the coming months.

The Great Fund

The Water and Sanitation Cooperation Fund is no longer just the legal instrument that was created in 2008. Over time, the Fund has had a multiplier effect meaning that managing the funds now involves much more than the initial €800 million given in donations


In terms of the working scheme, the FCAS seeks to create strategic alliances with key national and international actors and networks within the sector in Latin America and the Caribbean.

FCAS Budget

The Cooperation Fund for Water and Sanitation (Water Fund) has been awarded 800 million euros in funding from Spain up until 2020. The portfolio has been directed preferentially to rural or peri-urban areas in the most fragile countries and highly vulnerable regions. Haiti receives the most donations (119 million euros), followed by Bolivia (95 million), Paraguay (71 million) and Guatemala (67 million).

The map shows not only the Fund’s contribution but also the counterpart required from each country.

FCAS Budget Map by countries.

Figures up to 2020


people benefited


Made aware of the importantce of hygiene and hamswashing


households benefiting from drinking water


people trained in the use of resource


persons whose waste water is treated