SWA seeks additional qualified representatives for its Steering Committee

Date: 22nd August 2012

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WSSCC is a partner of the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) – a partnership of governments, donors, civil society and multilateral organizations. SWA is a political initiative with the aim of ensuring that all people have access to basic sanitation and safe drinking water. It is particularly concerned with those countries where the needs are greatest.

Steering Committee (SC) members of SWA are re elected periodically, for good governance and to bring new faces and ideas to the work of the Steering Committee.  Following recent elections, the new Steering Committee will convene its first
telephone meeting in October. 

There has been a decision for SWA to run elections for 3 SC positions in the Developing Country constituency.  The seat for the non-Anglophone Africa seat has been filled and there is currently a call out for nominees from the SWA Partners in Anglophone Africa and Asia/Latin America/Middle East to fill one more seat each. The SC is the decision-making body of SWA and we want to ensure that all regions have a strong voice in the shaping of the Partnership.  If you are in an SWA Developing Country Partner and think the Government would contribute to the shaping of the Partnership, please encourage the Government to send in a nomination.  Nominees are due by end of August at the latest.  Preference is given to women candidates, SC members are expected to devote 15 days per year to SC duties and attend up to 2 international meetings per year.  For further information, please contact Piers Cross, Elections Officer at the SWA Secretariat (piers.cross@gmail.com).

Eligible countries are:

Anglophone Africa: Ethiopia, The Gambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Liberia and Rwanda.

Asia/Latin America/Middle East: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Laos PDR, Nepal, Mongolia, Palestine, Paraguay, Timor Leste, Sri Lanka.

The full list of the SWA Steering Committee members can be found below, with new members marked *:

Developing Countries

Dr. Salisu Abdulmumin, African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW)

Ms. Mialy Raveloarison, Madagascar *

Mr Yaw Sarkodie, Ghana

Mr Jawed Ali Khan, Pakistan

Donors

Mr. Johan Gely, SDC, Switzerland

Mr. Dick van Ginhoven, DGIS, The Netherlands

Mr Guy Howard, DFID, UK

(one additional seat to be filled)*

Development Banks

Mr. Oswald Chanda, African Development Bank (AfDB)

Mr. Dominick de Waal, Water and Sanitation Program (WSP/World Bank)

Multilaterals

Mr Chris Williams, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)

Elections are underway for the vacant seat*

Civil Society Networks

Thilo Panzerbieter, End Water Poverty (EWP)*

Baker Yiga, African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation (ANEW)*

Dibalok Singha, Freshwater Action Network, South Asia, (FANSA)*

Research and Learning

Ms. Erma Uytewaal, International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC)

Sector Partners

Mr Henry Northover, WaterAid

Ms. Bev Pretorius, United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA)*

Leading Spokeswoman on WASH

Ms. Ebele Okeke, former head of civil service in Nigeria

Secretariat Host (Ex Officio)

Mr. Sanjay Wijesekera, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Thank you to outgoing members of the Steering Committee for their valuable inputs in the first year of SWA:

Mr Jon Lane, WSSCC

Mrs. Rolien Sasse, End Water Poverty

Ms. Anita Gaju, Rwanda

Mr. Disan Ssozi, Uganda

Mr. Rudy Amenga-Etego, ANEW

Mr. Yakub Hossain, FANSA

Mr Khaled Abu Zeid, CEDARE

Mr. Kepha Ombacho, Kenya

Ms. Lindiwe Lusunga, South Africa

Mr. Ger Bergkamp, IWA

For more information see: http://www.sanitationandwaterforall.org/

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