National Coordinators discuss WASH advocacy and other key topics

Date: 9th November 2010

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“Strengthening Evidence-Based Advocacy” was the theme of the 2010 WSSCC Annual Planning Meeting for National Coordinators held 17-22 May in Geneva. Because National WASH Coalitions, headed by their respective National Coordinators, propel WSSCC’s work forward, the meeting is one of the most important activities on the organization’s annual calendar. Held for the fourth year in a row, the meeting gave coordinators and representatives from 34 coalitions the opportunity to exchange experiences and share lessons learned on sanitation, hygiene, and water from the past year. It also gave them the opportunity to plan, together with the staff in the Geneva Secretariat, for the year to come.

“Advocacy was an overarching theme this year because action- and results-oriented WASH advocacy is one of the central areas of engagement for each of the 34 coalitions,” said Archana Patkar, Programme Manager for WSSCC’s Networking and Knowledge Management Department, which organized the event. “We had a very lively meeting which provided a forum for discussion amongst and between coordinators and the Secretariat about how to advocate better and, importantly, how to measure the impact of our advocacy work.”

But advocacy wasn’t the only item on the agenda. Invited speakers also included representatives from the WSSCC thematic working groups on Multiple-Use Systems (MUS), Scaling-up, and Household-centred Environmental Sanitation. In addition, World Health Organization staff presented the findings of two recent global reports on water, sanitation, and hygiene: Progress on sanitation and drinking-water 2010 update, from WHO and UNICEF, and the Global Annual Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water, from WHO and UN-Water.

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