The Sida-financed EcoSanRes Programme was initiated in 2001 through the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). The 2001-2005 phase focussed on communications and outreach, capacity development, R&D, policy promotion and implementation through pilot projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

The second phase (2006-2010) builds on the accomplishments of phase one. In an effort to address the general lack of expertise, EcoSanRes is emphasising capacity development.

Other foci are knowledge development, communications, networking and international coordination with other major actors in the development sector.

One major feature of the EcoSanRes programme is its work with capacity development through knowledge nodes. Eight contracted institutions work with knowledge and capacity development for sustainability issues of sanitation including curricula development, policy promotion, knowledge management and awareness-raising, all tailored to the specific needs of each country/region.