Ms. Archana Patkar, an Indian national and social development expert, was announced today as Manager of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council’s (WSSCC) Networking and Knowledge Management programme.
Ms. Patkar joins WSSCC on 1 March after 15 years in the social development and gender fields, working in various capacities with and for amongst others UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, WaterAid, the UK Department for International Development, and Governments in South Asia and Africa. She comes to WSSCC from her previous position as founder and Managing Director of Junction Social, a private consulting firm specialising in social development across sectors, based in Mumbai, India. She brings a strong rights-based perspective to WSSCC, from her work across a range of sectors, including education, water and sanitation, health, natural resources, urban development and governance.
“WSSCC is pleased to welcome Archana Patkar to its team,” said Mr. Jon Lane, WSSCC’s Executive Director. “Archana’s expertise in water, sanitation and hygiene, gender equity, governance and urban development, together with strong capacity building, strategy implementation and monitoring and needs assessment skills, will contribute greatly to the successful implementation of the Networking and Knowledge Management programme.”
The Networking and Knowledge Management programme is one of the three “pillars” of WSSCC’s work, together with Advocacy and Communications and the Global Sanitation Fund. Its activities mainly focus on support to National WASH Coalitions in the form of knowledge gathering and dissemination, learning, sharing and networking activities and events. With 2.5 billion people lacking access to improved sanitation and 884 million without safe drinking water, the need for knowledge sharing and collaboration within the water and sanitation sectors is pressing.
“Of the many aspects of my professional life, streamlining the flow of knowledge towards a sustainable implementation of best practices at scale has always been the most rewarding,” said Ms. Patkar, 46. “I believe that this new position with WSSCC is an opportunity to use much of my professional experience to date, particularly my demonstrated ability to foster community development, equity and gender issues and hygiene promotion within a context of broad social development objectives. I look forward to applying my skills to leading WSSCC’s very efficient and active Networking and Knowledge Management programme and to contribute to building and strengthening strong sector networks and learning opportunities.”
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