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.
World Water Day 2018: for world travelers and you. by Kelly Alexander, Senior Learning and Influencing Advisor, Water+/CARE, March 20, 2018.
This week we recognize the state of the “World’s Water” with World Water Day (March 22nd). I hope this year, as in years past, we see many blogs, articles and stories about the challenge millions of people (mostly women and girls) face daily in finding, obtaining, or ensuring water (much less potable water) for themselves and their families. But, for those who know me, it comes as no surprise that today I want to talk about BOTTLED WATER.
For those of us who travel internationally, go to “the field” for work, or head to Cancún for vacation, we find ourselves in places where the water is unsafe to drink, or is not of reliable quality. (In our own cities water may or may not be safe or could be better, but this is not about “at home” bottled water consumption, not yet, anyway). Instead of relying on a mountain of plastic bottled water to keep us safe and hydrated on our travels, why don’t we use water filters?
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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 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/
Strengthening public finance for urban sanitation services in Mozambique
It is estimated that poor sanitation costs Maputo’s residents over US$ 7.4 million annually as a result of access time lost, premature deaths, productivity losses due to sickness, and health care costs. The majority of the population relies on on-site sanitation, 28% on septic tanks, and 28% on improved latrines. Many of these systems are emptied by mechanical and manual private operators paid for by households themselves, the total value of which is unknown but thought to be significant. The remainder of the population, over 30%, have access to a non-improved latrine. It is this latter section of population that is most negatively and disproportionally impacted by poor sanitation.
In December 2016, a new sanitation surcharge was approved by CMM (Municipal Council of Maputo), with plans for implementation in 2017. WSUP intends to support CMM in the implementation of the surcharge and introduction of eligible sanitation services. CRA (Conselho de Regulação de Águas, the national water and sanitation regulator) and WSUP intend to undertake a 6 month research project to capture learning from the implementation of previous activities in Maputo, and the replication by CRA in Beira and Quelimane. This includes a documentation of the process, an assessment of the sanitation surcharge, regulatory framework agreement and compliance with the agreement (transfers and investments).
The overall objective of this consultancy is to strengthen CRA’s capacity to more effectively and equitably mobilise public finance into urban sanitation services in Mozambique. More specifically, the objectives are:
1. adapt tools and strengthen capacity to model financial cost of delivering sanitation services in urban centres of Mozambique, and
2. strengthen CRA’s regulatory mechanisms, tools and oversight to ensure more effective and equitable sanitation service delivery in Mozambique.
Bids due: Before 23:59 (GMT +2) on 22nd March 2018
Location: Desk and Mozambique
Start date of consultancy: 30th March 2018
End date of consultancy: 18th September 2018
More information and details of how to apply can be accessed on the WSUP website (‘Current research calls’).
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 email@example.com
With the ultimate goal of increasing the sustainability of WASH services, the Sustainable WASH Systems (SWS) Learning Partnership is using network analysis to better understand the complex interactions and interdependencies of actors in a local WASH system.
This webinar will provide an introduction to network analysis as a systems tool, and present early lessons learned from analyses conducted in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Cambodia as part of SWS.