Our vision

Eau et Vie is a French non-sectarian and apolitical international solidarity Non-Governmental Organisation with a vision: cities where people in deprived neighbourhoods can enjoy decent living conditions.

Our mission

  • ­ Ensure permanent access to a reliable domestic water service, fire-fighting, hygiene training, community empowerment and emergency plans, as well as developing other essential community-based services according to the people’s needs and capacities.
  • ­Carry out systemic diagnostics on waste management and sanitation. Develop initiatives according to the context and the resources available, preferably with the support of communities and local authorities.
  • Mobilise and involve all partners for the implementation of projects with a high social impact, which are over time economically viable and self-sufficient.

An innovative approach

Based on SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP, and in liaison with communities and local authorities, Eau et Vie accompanies the creation of LOCAL COMPANIES that build water networks in precarious neighborhoods and distribute it in each house, ensuring all associated services (billing, collection of payments and infrastructure maintenance) throughout the concession period (10 to 15 years). Public places are also connected to the service.

Eau et Vie also creates LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS responsible for hygiene training, strengthening communities and setting up a sanitation and waste management system. The association is a project incubator for the social enterprise.

The two entities work closely together in the intervention areas, to establish services and organize their sustainability. The management of water, waste and sanitation services must eventually be taken over by local authorities or operators.

"Eau et Vie thus contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which follow the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a project adopted by the United Nations in 2015 to reduce poverty in the world"


Experience shows that the construction of infrastructures (water networks, toilets, sewers) has a positive and lasting impact, provided that social support for beneficiaries structures their mobilization in the implementation of projects. The aim is to strengthen their capacity to organize themselves in a community that aims for a shared objective (the improvement of their living conditions), as well as to organize an appropriate proximity link between these populations and the urban service providers. Residents of precarious areas are not only beneficiaries but development actors with rights and expertise.

Regarding the city, the activities of Eau et Vie make it possible to gradually integrate the inhabitants of the precarious neighborhoods into the formal economy, to ensure that the coverage of basic services is widened. At the level of local operators of water, waste and sanitation, their networks are extensive and secure, the coverage by their extended services and the corruption of agents on the ground reduced.

Working collaboratively with the population, neighborhood leaders, local authorities, and water, sanitation and waste concessionaires contributes to the success of projects.

Where we work

As of today, Eau et Vie works in the urban slums of Philippines, Bangladesh and Côte d'Ivoire.


Eau et Vie, a French NGO founded in 2008, was born from the desire to sustainably improve the living conditions of the most disadvantaged populations. The co founders, Valérie Dumans and Philippe de Roux, met in the Philippines while working for the UPLiFT social micro-credit program supported by the Inter Aide association. After their return to France, they continued their engagement with NGOs, public authorities or social enterprises. Valérie Dumans was co-director until 2020.