The newest National WASH Coalition was officially launched in Cameroon on 5 May by His Excellency the Head of Government Inoni Ephraim at a ceremony that was also attended by WSSCC Executive Director Jon Lane.
As a global language, English is useful, but to reach people locally, you have to speak with their tongue. For that reason, the National WASH Coalition in Nigeria, the National Task Group on Sanitation (NTGS), held a four-day advocacy materials translation workshop from 20 to 25 April in Jos, Nigeria, with WSSCC support.
WSSCC-supported National WASH Coalitions operate in 33 countries. An increasingly prominent component of the coalitions' work is the cooperation with governments to develop national policy documents. Through dialogue and review, they contribute to relevance and transparency, as well as stakeholder buy-in. Hereunder are three country experiences.
Given that many of those who lack access are extremely poor and given the public-health benefits of universal access to sanitation, public subsidies to increase access seem an obvious policy response.
However, many commentators have suggested that public subsidies have failed to significantly increase access and may indeed have stifled service provision. Others suggest that there are insufficient public funds to address the global sanitation crisis so discussion of subsidies is little more than a distraction.
The argument is often heated and rarely draws on empirical evidence.
While the Tanzania
WASH Coalition faced challenges in the limited number of civil society
organizations engaged in advocacy work in sanitation, its activities still had
an impact on communities throughout the country.