Ethiopia’s WASH coalition has used advocacy, social mobilization and strong media involvement to ensure urban sanitation and hygiene receive more attention.  

The WASH Ethiopia Movement, a WSSCC partner is a coalition unting   representatives of government organizations, non-government organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), donors, the media, the private sector, faith-based organizations and individuals. Established in 2004, currently it has more than 70 members and is coordinated by WaterAid. The movement has established regional chapters to facilitate work at the national level.

The major focus of the movement is promoting water, sanitation and hygiene issues throughout the country. This helps to reduce the current high morbidity and mortality rates caused by a lack of safe and adequate water, poor sanitation and hygiene.

Major projects  undertaken in the last few years included national and regional WASH launches, media workshops and training sessions, journalists’ field trips, familiarization workshops, media promotions, development of educational materials, sector learning and sharing workshops and the establishment of a national WASH Media Forum. 

To ensure strong leadership, commitment and engagement to WASH plans and implementation, the movement engages directly with decision-makers at national, regional and local levels.

Local communities, women and children are at the centre of activities aimed at raising their awareness and knowledge of WASH issues. They contribute to and take part in WASH events, community discussions, WASH radio programmes and joint meetings with key actors.

The Ethiopian coalition has conducted baseline studies and evaluations each year focusing on WASH activities and has contributed to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on water, sanitation and hygiene with the Ministries of Health, Water Resources and Education. It has also developed the National Sanitation Strategy and National Sanitation Protocol.

 The WASH Ethiopia Movement has been particularly careful to monitor its progress. Annual evaluations, activity reports from members and regular WASH stakeholder meetings follow up and monitor the movement’s progress. The development of the annual plan and activities takes place in a participatory and consultative manner.


Last updated: Thu, 01/24/2013 - 18:13