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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

  • 45 %
    Capacity Development
  • 11 %
  • 30 %
  • 14 %

How does GTO achieve impact?


  • Awareness Campaigns
    1 %
  • Hygiene Promotion
    8 %
  • Global Learning
    33 %
  • Policy & Advocacy
    12 %
  • Publications & Resources
    31 %
  • Network Coordination
    8 %
  • Research
    7 %