The drive for improved coordination between development agencies became a top priority after both the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness of 2005 and the Accra Agenda for Action in 2008 warned that the duplication of efforts by donors placed an unnecessary burden on partner countries and ultimately impinged potential development results.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will open the third biennial Sanitation and Water For All (SWA) High-Level Meeting here on Friday, along with World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim and SWA Chair John Kufuor, ahead of the 2014 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group.
On April 11, the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) partnership will hold its High Level Meeting 2014 in Washington, D.C. SWA is a global partnership of over 90 developing country governments, donors, civil society organizations and other development partners working together to catalyse political leadership and action, improve accountability and use scarce resources more effectively. Partners work towards a common vision of universal access to safe water and adequate sanitation.
WSSCC’s Programme Manager for Networking and Knowledge Management, Archana Patkar, has called upon water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) experts, policymakers, donors, academics and activists to treat access to WASH as a human right. She made the remarks during her keynote address at the WASH 2014 Conference - on the theme ‘WASH for everyone, everywhere’- that was held in Brisbane, Australia from 24 to 28 March.
Diabou and her 10-year-old child used to have diarrhea, but after a triggering session, when the health team explained to everyone in the village about the campaign to end open-defecation, she spoke to her husband about getting a toilet of their own. They dug a pit and lined it with tires, Diabou cleans it daily and shows it off with pride.
On the margins of International Women's Day commemoration across Senegal and West and Central Africa, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women) and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) have formed an official partnership. The aim is to take action and to strengthen policies in health, hygiene and sanitation in order to contribute to improving economic and social living conditions for women and girls in West and Central Africa.
Grass-roots activists shared inspirational experiences on reducing female circumcision in Senegal, raising awareness of lesbian and transgender issues in Nepal and working for the dignity of sex workers in India at a special meeting at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva on Friday.