WASH Ethiopia Movement steps-up its efforts towards improved sanitation and hygiene

Date: 7th August 2013

Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 1 [name] => Uncategorised [slug] => uncategorised [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 1 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 0 [count] => 454 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 5 [cat_ID] => 1 [category_count] => 454 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Uncategorised [category_nicename] => uncategorised [category_parent] => 0 ) )

Addis Ababa, 7/08/2013 -Members of the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) Ethiopia Movement (WEM), policymakers, business and partners including representatives of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and WaterAid gathered in Adama, Ethiopia from 6 to 8 August to develop a WEM strategic action plan that is aimed at improving their collective efforts in the sector.

The WEM is a coalition, uniting representatives from governmental, non-governmantal and faith based organisations, UN agencies, the media and the private sector.

According to Michael Negash the National Coordinator (NC) of WEM and also the NC for the WSSCC in Ethiopia, “members of the coalition engage with each other on how to improve their collective efforts towards water, sanitation and hygiene”.   

“The aim of the coalition is to address WASH priorities within the country and gain political and social commitments that are required to make a real difference in the sector”, he added.

To this end, WEM has since 2004 been working on issues concerning advocacy and mobilisation, learning and sharing and media engagement as part of the process of    contributing to the national efforts that are aimed at improving sanitation and hygiene especially for the more vulnerable sections of society in Ethiopia.

In order to improve on its performance over the next three years, WEM has recently undertaken a sector review assessment through which it was identified that whilst there was creditable visibility of WEM there were still some challenges including improved collaboration, resource mobilisation and monitoring and evaluation.

As such, during the course of the three day workshop participants are working to develop an effective strategic action plan that will help the movement to be more effective in sector coordination, advocacy and mobilisation for the purposes of supporting WASH service delivery in order to achieve the national goals and targets that are related to the MDGs and the emerging post-2015 development agenda.

 

Related News

(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 […]