WSSCC to host seminar at 2013 World Water Week

Date: 16th August 2013

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 WSSCC to host seminar at 2013 World Water Week…focus is on country-level coordination and learning in the sanitation sector…

Event details: Thursday September 5, 2013 | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Room B8

With over 200 collaborating organisations, World Water Week which is held annually in Stockholm is the premier global focal point event for individuals and organisations that are working on various issues concerning water. This includes governments, non-governmental organisations, researchers, United Nations entities, business and the media. The theme for the 2013 week, which runs from 1 to 6 September, is Water Cooperation Building Partnerships. The week is hosted and organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

At this year’s event, WSSCC will be hosting a seminar on country-level collaboration and coordination in sanitation and hygiene and joint learning through knowledge management. WSSCC Executive Director Chris Williams will deliver the keynote address at the seminar.


Building on WSSCC’s experience as a platform builder and knowledge networker, including through its WASH Coalitions, Global Sanitation Fund’s (GSF) Programme Coordinating Mechanisms (PCMs) and the Community of Practice for Sanitation and Hygiene (CoP), a special question running throughout the seminar will be how the international affects the national level. 


In the first part, approaches, examples and experiences of country-level coordination and mechanisms will be presented and discussed, in order to better understand some of the pitfalls of sanitation coordination and better tailor responses and expectations, of national and international players. Special emphasis will be put on the role of government versus that of and NGOs and international versus national actors.


After a general overview of issues and challenges, experiences from Madagascar and Nepal will be presented. These presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with representatives from different stakeholder groups. Some of the panellists will include: Dr. Rija Lalanirina, MCDI Madagascar; Mr.Bushan Tuladhar, UN Habitat, Nepal; Mr. Oliver Jones, WSSCC/GSF; Mr. Ashoke Chatterjee, AC GSF, India and Mr. Eddy Perez, WSP.


Another panel will discuss in the second part of the seminar the requirements, existing mechanisms, challenges and issues related to knowledge management and joint / mutual learning in sanitation at the international and national levels. It will ask tough questions about the value added by existing knowledge networks; whether to consolidate or proliferate; and the gaps that still exist. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Darren Saywell of Plan International and the panellists will include: Ms. Madeleine Fodge, SEI; Dr. Anjal Prakash, SaciWATERS; Ms. Shauna Curry, CWAST; Dr. Gueladio Cisse, STPHI and Mr. Juste Nansi, IRC Burkina Faso.


Click here to see the Programme to the Seminar.

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