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SACOSAN Special! Voices of people in vulnerable situations in South Asia

The 7th South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN VII) kicks off on 10 April 2018 in Islamabad, Pakistan. In recent years, SACOSAN Is a powerful agent for sanitation and hygiene progress in South Asia and in recent years has highlighted, in particular, the voices, and needs, of people in vulnerable situations.

This year, the Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA), WaterAid and WSSCC supported national level consultation meetings in seven South Asian countries in advance of SACOSAN. The multi-stakeholder consultations focused on one priority vulnerable group in each country and also included government authorities who will be expected to to commit to work on ensuring access to sanitation at least for the constituency covered under the national consultation.

With the support of the partners, selected representatives from each of the constituencies will participate in sessions and discussions with Ministers at SACOSAN. One plenary session, in particular, will focus on Listening to Community Voices. That event will highlight voices from the most marginalized communities on their current status and aspirations of access to sanitation services.

To get a flavour of the consultations and these aspirations, FANSA, WaterAid and WSSCC are pleased to present these short blogs from experts in the region.

On World Water Day: evidence on the effectiveness of WASH policies and programmes

WSSCC and its partner the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) are pleased to announce the publication of a new brief, Using a life-cycle approach to target WASH policies and programmes, and a short video. The new brief is based on a systematic review that looked at how the life-cycle approach is incorporated into WASH programmes and policies. This review analyzed dominant approaches to targeting populations, the barriers to access and strategies to improve access to WASH services.

The brief comes out of the Evidence Programme on Sanitation and Hygiene (EPSH), which is a a strategic partnership between WSSCC and 3ie. Formed in 2014, this partnership features two equally committed parties with vast expertise. As a global membership organization WSSCC embodies the values of collective spirit and solidarity, encouraging collaboration across the board while exercising leadership and bringing diverse voices together as one. By funding rigorous impact evaluations and systematic reviews and by making evidence accessible and useful to policymakers and practitioners, 3ie and WSSCC are helping to improve the lives of people living in poverty.

Other outputs from the partnership include:

WSSCC and UN Women to host side event on 20 March at the Commission on the Status of Women

 

WSSCC and UN Women will convene a side event on 20 March in New York during the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

The cross-cutting session, entitled Sanitation: the challenge of rural women and girls in West and Central Africa, will highlight the issue of unlocking multiple benefits for rural women and girls through policy and behaviour change in the WASH sector.

The importance of breaking taboos and fighting stigma through evidence-based approaches on Menstrual Hygiene Management and other topics is key. Participants will discuss approaches and programme implementation in West and Central Africa, including results and recommendations.

This session will bring together experts from the Senegal Government, UNICEF, UN Women and WSSCC to share lessons and successes in policy and practice, with a specific focus on how multi-sectoral partnerships can collaborate to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Speakers include:

  • Ms Ndèye Saly Diop Dieng, Ministry of Gender, Government of Senegal
  • Ms Maria-Noël Vaeza, UN Women Director of the Programme Division
  • Ms Virginia Kamowa, WSSCC technical expert, Menstrual Hygiene Management
  • Ms Amanda Marlin, UNICEF Senior Adviser WASH, Partnerships and Global Initiatives (Moderator)

For more information: http://wsscc.org/2018/03/16/wsscc-and-un-women-to-host-side-event-on-20-march-at-the-commission-on-the-status-of-women/

WSSCC seeks a new Chairperson for its Steering Committee

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is seeking a new Chairperson for its Steering Committee. Expressions of interest welcome by 17 March 2018.

WSSCC supports results-driven country programmes and facilitates sector coordination at national, regional and global levels advocating on behalf of the 2.3 billion people without access to improved sanitation. It combines the passion of a membership organization with the flexibility of an NGO and the authority of the UN, being legally and administratively hosted by UNOPS.

The Chairperson should be a prominent person who has worked at the highest levels of government, civil society, private sector or academia at both national and international level.

WSSCC is looking for expressions of interest from experienced individuals who want to provide strategic leadership, vision and stewardship to the governing body of WSSCC and increased global visibility to the topic of sanitation and hygiene.

Expressions of interest in serving as Chairperson may be submitted by 17 March 2018. To express your interest/nomination in this unpaid Chairperson role, please directly contact WSSCC via email at wsscc@wsscc.org

UNITAR online course on Urban Sanitation

In 2009, UNITAR (the United Nations Institute for Training and Research) developed an online course aimed at enhancing the capacity of local decision-makers and sanitation professionals to make the most enlightened decisions and investments in the area of urban sanitation. Additionally, it provides analytical tools to understand the financial and institutional framework of the sanitation sector, taking into account the needs of urban poor communities.

The course was UNITAR’s very first e-learning course! Since then, more than 400 courses have been uploaded to our online platform and successive course sessions have been conducted up to this date. However, in the light of recent developments in the sector, the course needs to be updated and further expanded to better reflect today’s challenges. UNITAR needs to hire the necessary experts to update the course, and is thus calling on the generous attention of potential donors to support our capacity-building efforts. Without your help, we will not be able to run this course any longer!

If you are interested in this course, please contact us at: sdp@unitar.org.

WSSCC welcomes Rolf Luyendijk as Executive Director

Mr. Rolf Luyendijk, a well-respected international development professional who has served as Chief of Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for UNICEF in Afghanistan, and as UNICEF’s Senior WASH Statistics and Monitoring specialist, will be the new Executive Director of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) as of 1 March 2018.

“I am very excited to join WSSCC and its many partners in their efforts to accelerate progress on sanitation and to make a difference especially in the lives of the most marginalized and disadvantaged peoples, and to support girls’ education through menstrual hygiene management as an entry point for empowerment and life-long learning,” Mr. Luyendijk said. “WSSCC holds a unique mandate within the United Nations system as the only UN body fully dedicated to sanitation and hygiene, and I see it as my role to make the most of that position by facilitating national platforms for collaboration with governments, civil society partners, other UN agencies, the Sanitation and Water for All partnership, faith-based organizations and interested foundations and private sector initiatives to reach Sustainable Development Goal target 6.2 on sanitation.”

Mr. Brad Herbert and Ms. Ebele Okeke, Co-Chairs of WSSCC’s governing board, the Steering Committee, said: “Rolf has a proven track record at UNICEF and elsewhere as both a leader and a manager. We look forward to the leadership he will provide as WSSCC moves forward to deliver under its Strategic Plan.”

Over the past 20 years, Mr. Luyendijk has worked with several UN organizations in Afghanistan, Laos, Mexico and the United States (New York) and has lived as well with his family in Morocco and North-Sudan while on assignment. As the lead from UNICEF on the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP), Mr. Luyendijk was responsible for monitoring progress towards the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) drinking water and sanitation targets. During his final years at the JMP he was instrumental in mobilizing a diverse set of WASH sector partners around the formulation of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets on water supply and sanitation. In November 2014, he returned to the field as Chief of WASH with UNICEF in Afghanistan.

Mr. Luyendijk is a citizen of the Netherlands and has Masters degrees in public health and environmental sciences from the Netherlands School of Public Health and Wageningen University, respectively. He is married with two children.

Mr. Luyendijk will be based at WSSCC’s Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. He succeeds Mr. Chris Williams, who served as Executive Director from November 2012 until 31 December 2017. Mr. David Shimkus, Programme Director of the Global Sanitation Fund at WSSCC, is Acting Executive Director/Officer-in-Charge until 1 March 2018.

WSSCC Releases New Global Sanitation Fund Equality and Non-Discrimination Study

How can WASH programmes leave no one behind, as called for in the Sustaionable Development Goals? WSSCC’s new study, Scoping and Diagnosis of the Global Sanitation Fund’s Approach to Equality and Non-Discrimination, helps answer this question.

The study reveals that many people who may be considered disadvantaged have benefited positively from WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund (GSF)-supported programmes, particularly in open defecation free verified areas. In addition, a range of positive outcomes and impacts related to empowerment, safety, convenience, ease of use, self-esteem, health, dignity, an improved environment and income generation were reported by people who may be considered disadvantaged.

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However, the study finds that GSF has not yet systematically integrated EQND throughout the programme cycle. Across all countries, there are people who have either fallen through the net or whose lives have become more difficult after being unduly pressured, or after taking out loans and selling assets to build toilets. More proactive attention is needed throughout the programme cycle to build on current successes and ensure that people are not left behind or harmed through the actions or omissions of supported programmes.

GSF is in the process of putting the study’s recommendations into practice through revised guidelines, minimum standards, practical tools and other mechanisms.

Download the full study, plus a summarized version with GSF reflections, and annexes