Breaking the Toilet-Taboo

Approximately 50 % of the world's population and one out of three schools have no access to safe sanitation: a degrading situation for those affected. German Toilet Organization (GTO) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation, which actively breaks the toilet-taboo and works to improve sanitation, thereby protecting the environment, human health and dignity worldwide.

Focus Areas

Toilets for All, All for Toilets

The magnitude of the global sanitation crisis demands collaborative action to strengthen the political will to make this issue a priority. GTO links policy and practice. With its special skills and innovative approaches GTO aims to create multiplier effects and to encourage others to perform better. In this way a sustainable impact is generated in three strategic focus areas:


Capacity Development


Theory of Change

What are GTO's fields of work?

Focus Areas 2020

  • 38 %
    Capacity Development
  • 9 %
  • 36 %
  • 17 %

How does GTO achieve impact?

Activities 2020

  • Awareness Campaigns
    9 %
  • Hygiene Promotion
    16 %
  • Global Learning
    38 %
  • Policy Work
    4 %
  • Publications & Resources
    19 %
  • Coordination
    14 %