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CALL TO ACTION: Supporting sustainable slum sanitation – the case for more investment from IFIs and donors

To mark World Water Day 2011, WSUP (Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor) has released a Call to Action urging governments, funding institutions and other decision-makers worldwide to invest now in urban sanitation.

Call to Action

Sanitation-related diseases are having a profound negative impact on the health and wellbeing of millions of children in cities throughout Africa and South Asia. Investing in sanitation is one of the most cost-effective means of improving child health. We need a global programme to support investment in urban sanitation, and we need it now.

WSUP is a tri-sector partnership between the private sector, civil society and academia focused on addressing the increasing global problem of inadequate access to water and sanitation for the urban poor and the attainment of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets, particularly those relating to water and sanitation. www.wsup.com

WaterAid “remote control poo” video hit on YouTube

A video clip of a remote controlled poo chasing Londoners has been viewed over 200,000 times on YouTube, one month after its release on 7 September 2010. The video is part of WaterAid’s Dig Toilets Not Graves campaign launched in August 2010.

WaterAid is combining this fund-raising campaign with an online petition to put pressure on the UK Government to spend more on sanitation in development aid.

The remote controlled poo video is by far WaterAid’s biggest hit on its YouTube channel.

We have posted the clip before on Sanitation Updates, but here it is again.

Proper sanitation key to global health: WaterAid Australia CEO interviewed on Radio Australia

Adam Laidlaw

Adam Laidlaw. Photo: WaterAid

“The Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health will not succeed, in my view, without safe sanitation embedded in its implementation”, says WaterAid Australia CEO Adam Laidlaw in an interview on Radio Australia. The Global Strategy, Laidlaw was referring to, was launched on 22 September 2010 by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN global summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “What we didn’t hear from this summit”, says Laidlaw, “was that sanitation underpins the success of a whole range of MDGs”.

Listen to the complete radio interview (Radio Australia, 24 Sep 2010).

Dig toilets, not graves

The creative people at WaterAid have come up with another compelling TV commercial to accompany their latest fundraising campaign “Dig toilets, not graves”.

Watch the “Diarrhoea song

WaterAid has combined the fund-raising campaign with an online petition to “put pressure on the UK Government to build toilets in the developing world”. The NGO is urging the government to increase aid to sanitation and water to £600 million (US$ 931 million). Nearly 7,000 people have signed the petition so far; WaterAid wants to get 20,000 signatures before 19 September.

Get more info on the campaign web site at www.digtoilets.org

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WSSCC and Overseas Development Institute Publish Background Note on sanitation and hygiene advocacy

In 2009 WSSCC worked with the international NGO Tearfund and UK-based Overseas Development Institute (ODI) to examine how sector professionals advocate for sanitation and hygiene to health professionals – and how to improve that advocacy.

A number of leading sanitation and hygiene specialists provided input as well as professionals from the health sector and WSSCC National Coordinators. The outcomes are summarized in an ODI Background Note [1], which examines how health practitioners perceive sanitation and hygiene issues, how sanitation and hygiene professions can strengthen the case for improved services, and what the capacity and research needs are vis-à-vis training health staff in preventive sanitation- and hygiene-based interventions.

[1] Newborne, P. (2010). Making the case for sanitation and hygiene: opening doors in health. (Background note / ODI). London, UK, Overseas Development Institute (ODI). 6 p. : 4 boxes, 1 tab. 9 ref.
Download full document [PDF file]

WASHwatch.org: a new advocacy resource for civil society

A new online advocacy tool for the WASH sector is being developed. The website www.WASHwatch.org aims to make it easy for civil society to monitor their governments’ political declarations on WASH, such as eThekwini in Africa and SACOSAN in South Asia. Civil society organisations (CSOs) can also upload government budget data to compare how countries are prioritising the sector.

WASHwatch.org is currently under development and only accessible to registered users. Pages for Nepal and Nigeria have the most complete information so far. A public version will be available in the near future.

WASHwatch.org aims to make advocacy easier in the following ways:

  • Easy comparison of different countries’ progress against political commitments like eThekwini and SACOSAN.
  • Easy tracking of government budgets for WASH, and quick comparison to neighbouring countries
  • Easy printing of the data to take to a meeting

Source: Serena O’Sullivan, End Water Poverty blog, 27 May 2010

WSSCC gets US$ 2.1 million from Gates Foundation for hygiene and sanitation promotion

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) has received nearly $2.1 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support its efforts at improving access to safe sanitation and promoting good hygiene practices for people in developing countries. These funds, provided over the next two years, will enable WSSCC to carry out its global networking, knowledge management and advocacy work programmes.

“We are thrilled and honoured to be selected by the Global Development Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for these funds,” said WSSCC’s Executive Director, Jon Lane. “The foundation’s support will help us to carry out our work programme, to increase global and national awareness of these important issues, and to have a positive impact on peoples’ lives.”

The foundation is the first non-state donor to WSSCC, joining the Governments of Australia, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States as supporters of the organisation.

Specifically, WSSCC will use the Gates Foundation grant to:

  • enhance coordination and collaboration through WSSCC’s National WASH Coalitions
  • circulate knowledge and information in the areas of sanitation, hygiene and water
  • influence the development and implementation of national policies, and
  • increase awareness and influence the global policy debate on sanitation and hygiene.

Source: WSSCC, 19 Feb 2010