National WASH Coalition
Since the national WASH campaign was launched in 2003 a lot of members have joined in. Members of the Burkina Faso WASH coalition include WaterAid Burkina Faso, Centre Régional pour l'Eau Potable et l'Assainissement à faible coût (CREPA), Eau Vive, Green Cross, General Directorate for Water Resources (DGRE), the University of Ouagadougou, the West Africa Water Partnership (WAWP), and the national water utility ONEA. The coalition has also established three regional coalitions, each led by the governor of the region.
The coalition aims to contribute to achieving the MDGs by promoting sustainable access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for the poor and through motivating relevant actors to join their efforts.
Milestones and achievements
Some recent highlights include:
To strengthen and extend its work the coalition has:
- set up the three new regional coalitions to support the national decentralization process
- put special emphasis on working with women's, youth and education networks and with religious leaders
- worked actively with the End Water Poverty (EWP) Campaign.
It has increased awareness and commitments at national and regional level:
- by organizing the first National Sanitation Forum in 2008 under the presidency of the relevant ministries
- by celebrating events such as National Sanitation Week, Global Handwashing Day, the World’s Longest Toilet Queue and World Toilet Day, through exhibitions, song contests and campaigns
- by making and broadcasting TV and radio programmes on sanitation and hygiene in the three regions before the events. In 2008, it organized a TV debate on sanitation and a press conference on AfricaSan (a regional initiative that seeks to place sanitation and hygiene at the top of the development agenda in Africa).
Capacity building: the coalition’s work includes:
- enhancing the evidence base and knowledge of sanitation and hygiene by supporting, for example, a case study on CLTS (community-led total sanitation) implementation in Burkina Faso (in 2009);
- providing training on CLTS for local NGOs and technical unit representatives from 22 local governments (also 2009).
All the coalition’s lobbying work has brought the sanitation authorities to consider CLTS as a step towards raising awareness in implementing the National Water and Sanitation Programme for 2015.
On 29 June 2010, the National Campaign of Advocacy and Mobilization for Access to Adequate Sanitation was launched by Burkina Faso’s Head of State. The campaign will combine awareness raising activities, advocacy and the construction of 55,000 latrines each year to improve access to proper sanitation for the population from the present 10% to 54% by 2015.