WASH Coalition Building Guidelines. An introductory guide for National Coordinators and coalition members

Barbara Evans, Carolien van der Voorden, Ken Caplan
Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)

Individually the role of WASH Coalitions ranges from information sharing to the advocacy of specific policy changes, but collectively they address a felt need for improved systematic communication, collaboration and joint action among the sector players in each country. Targeted at National Coordinators and WASH Coalition members, this guide provides a practical introduction to the concepts, ideas and literature surrounding the formation of active and effective WASH Coalitions, networks and partnerships. Each section is designed for use as stimulation for discussions at WASH meetings, to help formulate a basis for further more detailed analysis at the local level. It seeks to support National WASH Coordinators through the complexity of coalition building; formulating a clearer mandate for each coalition, which recognizes and responds to the changing context in which each finds itself. Towards these ends, a series of checks that National Coordinators and coalition members should consider in the formation, maintenance and growth of their WASH Coalitions, is provided, along with a range of relevant additional resources. A useful section on Frequently Asked Questions is also included. Looking at the whole life cycle process, from setting up, to maintenance and ongoing management, this guide is vital reading for anyone involved, or about to be involved, in a WASH Coalition.

About the publisher

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is a global multi-stakeholder partnership and membership organization that works to save lives and improve livelihoods. It does so by enhancing collaboration among sector agencies and professionals who are working to provide sanitation to the 2.6 billion people without a clean, safe toilet, and the 884 million people without affordable, clean drinking water close at hand. Through its work, WSSCC contributes to the broader goals of poverty eradication, health and environmental improvement, gender equality and long-term social and economic development. It has coalitions in 36 countries, members in more than 160 countries, and a Geneva-based Secretariat which is hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). www.wsscc.org

Last updated: Mon, 11/15/2010 - 12:33