Human knowledge and skills are more important in building capacity than myriad policies, strategies, and advocacy materials. Without the former, the latter cannot be correctly implemented or used.

Capacity building of individuals and organizations through education and training improves and strengthen the performance of NGOs, public and private organizations in the WASH sector at large.

Capacity building refers to assistance that is provided to entities with a need to develop a certain skill or competence, or for general upgrading of performance ability. Various professional actors within the field of water, sanitation, and hygiene deal with capacity development and improved management in the WASH sector.

Capacity building is not one of WSSCC’s core activities, but some of its work touches on this topic, specifically, at two levels.

  1. Global- and regional-level activities organized by the WSSCC Secretariat such as workshops and trainings for practitioners and coalition members.
  2. National-level activities organized by the National WASH Coalitions.

Three examples of capacity building programmes or networks dealing with water and sanitation are discussed below. 
Thematic focus
Cap-Net is an international network for capacity building in integrated water resources management. It comprises international, regional, and national institutions and networks committed to capacity building in the water sector. Focused on water supply, sanitation, and agriculture, Cap-Net also advocates strengthening capacity of management of river basins and catchment levels.

Regional/National focus
Streams of Knowledge (STREAMS) is a coalition of resource centres – active locally and globally – that builds capacity of water, sanitation, health, and hygiene stakeholders by providing courses and training sessions to increase human knowledge and skills. The resource centres are active in their respective countries in directly influencing national-level policy processes and local-level capacity building, implementation, and funding.

Civil society organizations
Freshwater Action Network (FAN) is a global network of civil society organizations (CSOs) influencing water and sanitation policy and practice. FAN also unites smaller, local-level CSOs that are unable, due to their size and limited funds, to engage in higher-level advocacy. Such coalitions have more power to advocate effectively at all levels, while enhancing the knowledge base of local communities.

Last updated: Tue, 11/16/2010 - 12:15