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New initiative supports national sanitation planning

Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) will soon launch a new initiative to help off-track countries meet their WASH goals. The National Planning for Results Initiative (NPRI) aims to pool donor support to develop in-country planning capacity. SWA announced the initiative during their session on National Sanitation Planning at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseilles. The official launch of the NPRI will take place at the upcoming SWA High Level Meeting in April this year.

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Liberian President and WASH Ambassador Ellen Johnson Sirleaf awarded Nobel Peace Prize

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf talking with journalist Rose George in April 2011. Photo: Shout-Africa

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is one of three women who were jointly awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Mrs Sirleaf became Africa’s first female elected head of state in 2005, following the end of Liberia’s 14-year civil war which left 250,000 people dead. She shares US$ 1.5 million prize money with Liberian Leymah Gbowee and Tawakul Karman of Yemen.

In 2009, Ms Johnson-Sirleaf was appointed as the first Goodwill Ambassador for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Africa at the 2nd Africa Water Week that took place in Midrand, South Africa.

National stakeholders in Liberia are currently developing the Liberia Compact, under the framework developed by the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) initiative. President Johnson-Sirleaf received the draft compact at the end of a Joint Multi-donor Mission on sanitation and water that took place in Liberia from April 27-May 3, 2011.  Ahead of the mission Mrs Johnson-Sirleaf reaffirmed her government’s support to the WASH sector in an interview with journalist Rose George (author of the Big Necessity).

Mrs Sirleaf (72) is standing for re-election next week.

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Source: BBC News, 07 Oct 2011 ; Shout-Africa, 20 Apr 2011 ; WaterAid America, 17 Nov 2009

Sanitation and Water for All: global partnership formalised, presenting itself in Stockholm

Sanitation and Water for All banner Two years after its launch, a global initiative aiming for sustainable sanitation and drinking water for all, is set to be formalised. Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) will hold its first Steering Committee meeting at the 2010 World Water Week in Stockholm on 7 September. The following day there will be an official presentation of Sanitation and Water for All in Stockholm, co-hosted by UNICEF and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).

The Steering Committee will be elected by SWA partner members that have registered before 16 July 2010. SWA partners fall into six constituencies: developing country governments, donors, multilaterals, development banks, international and regional civil society organisations (CSOs) and international sector organisations. SWA co-founder End Water Poverty is the official ‘constituency coordinator’ for civil society representation on the Steering Committee.

The initial focus of SWA is on achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets for water and sanitation in the most off-track countries. In April 2010, SWA hosted its first annual High Level Meeting (HLM) in Washington DC. At the meeting, Finance and Water Sector Ministers from 18 countries met with representatives of donors, UN agencies and civil society.

The IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre has contributed to the development of the SWA as a member of the Interim Core Group (ICG).

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New Sanitation and Water for All web site launched

Sanitation and Water for All is a global partnership aimed at achieving universal and sustainable access to sanitation and drinking-water for all, by firmly placing sanitation and water on the global agenda with an immediate focus on achieving the MDGs in the most off-track countries.

After being temporarily hosted on the UN-Water site, Sanitation and Water for All has now launched its own dedicated web site at: www.sanitationandwaterforall.org

On the site you will find information and key documents on the Partnership, Governance and the High Level Meeting held in April 2010.

A partnership application form can be downloaded from the new site. Eligible partners are: Developing Country Governments; Donors; Multilateral Agencies; Development Banks; Civil Society Networks; and Other Sector Partners. Individuals, for-profit organizations and Middle Income countries which are not off-track to meet the MDGs are not eligible to be Sanitation and Water for All partners.