For the first time in its history, the Republic of Madagascar now has a ministry responsible for drinking water, integrated water resources management and sanitation issues. Its creation, announced in July, stems from President H. E. Marc Ravalomanana’s commitment at the African Union Summit in June to make drinking water and sanitation national priorities. Dr. Jean Donné Rasolofoniaina was appointed Water Minister and participated at the World Water Week in Stockholm, together with the President. In Stockholm, both men praised the Global Sanitation Fund, which is currently being implemented in Madagascar.
Meanwhile, Diorano-WASH continues its support of grassroots efforts through the innovative Roving Camera project started in May. A car and a camera embarked on a journey to the island nation’s remotest regions to document peoples’ own needs and concerns about clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene. “It is a way for the voice of the people to reach the ears of the decision-makers,” says Mr. Jean Herivelo Rakotondrainibe, WSSCC National Coordinator for Madagascar.
After visiting the communities, a “Citizens and Governors” workshop is organised to channel their needs and demands to responsible authorities and local actors. Beyond the video, face-to-face meetings in the workshops enable the community representatives to meet with the authorities from regional offices, district chiefs, mayors, NGOs and private operators. “Face to face dialogue between the citizens and those who govern them is critical in the local democracy process,” adds Mr. Rakotondrainibe. For more information, contact him at email@example.com.
(The article below was originally published with support from WSSCC by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, here) Presented by Water Supply and Sanitation Collaboration Council (WSSCC), State of Qatar (Qatar Fund for Development), Global Citizen, and Education Cannot Wait, this side event focused on sanitation as a key determinant of health and education. Panelists shared examples […]
(The article below was originally published with support from WSSCC by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, here) This side event convened to launch and discuss the findings of a global review on the effectiveness of national accountability mechanisms on progress towards the water and sanitation targets of SDG 6. The report is available online […]
On July 11, 2018 Simavi and WSSCC hosted a panel discussion during the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, about “Putting Menstrual Health on the 2030 Agenda.” This event was the 5th of a live webinar series related to menstrual health management and was attended by over 100 in person and online participants. The event […]
Mr. Ali Abdulla Al Dabbagh, Deputy Director General for Planning at the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), and Mr. Rolf Luyendijk, Executive Director of the UN-hosted Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), will speak to policy- and decision-makers in New York on Thursday, 12 July 2018, about the high returns that sanitation and hygiene […]