The national Liberian CSO-WASH Working Group was formed to advocate to governments and donors through media campaign, policy dialogues, to seek increasing political committment, resources for water and sanitation. Established in 2008, it also worked to ensure that high level national policy would go hand in hand with community mobilization and education to create increased awareness of water, sanitation and hygiene with the focus on poverty reduction.
Since its formation the coalition has been very active since it began. Its activities have included:
- Three Petition statements to the President and government of Liberia at the Grass Root Convention, World Water Day and World Toilet Day.
- Official launch of the group: in June 2009 Liberia’s Minister of Land, Mines and Energy launched the working group with a keynote message. The first CSO forum launched the Corina Declaration on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.
- The group organized five civil society WASH forums on water, sanitation and hygiene in 2009. These created awareness among local civil society, community dwellers and government officials and promoted greater advocacy for water, sanitation and hygiene in line with the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of Liberia.
- The group completed a research project on government budgets for water, sanitation and hygiene in Liberia. The research investigated whether the resources invested in the sector since 2006 had met the needs involved in reaching the targets of the PRS and MDGs.
- To increase the group’s visibility and to influence policy change, it held lobby meetings with government, development partners and other CSOs.