West African journalists formalize the regional WASH media network

Date: 29th April 2011

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Participants in the General Assembly for the West Africa WASH Journalists Network

The seven members of the Coordinating Committee of the West Africa WASH  Journalists Network were elected today by consensus during the constitutive General Assembly in Accra, Ghana. This marks the end of the setting up phase of this regional network of networks supported by WSSCC and WaterAid in West Africa since its inception in Bamako, Mali, in December 2010. The network is now comprised of national networks from 13 West African countries and is now developing a work plan for the implementation of activities that will respond to the three overarching objectives that it has defined for itself:

– amplifying the voices of the poor;

– ensuring an enhanced flow and quality of information on WASH;

– and targetting for enhanced influence and awareness on WASH in West Africa.

One of the goals of the WSSCC and WaterAid in West Africa supported network is to become a resource for the sector and to unite sector actors in their relationship with the journalists in the region while aiming towards common messaging and advocacy for due priority to be given to the 68% of the population from the region who lack access to sanitation and 40% who don’t benefit from safe drinking water.

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