WSSCC and partners reinforce commitment to SDGs collaboration and accountability at global partnership meeting – Blog

Date: 9th December 2015

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This blog was written by Virginia Kamowa, Senior Programme Officer for Global Advocacy at WSSCC. For feedback and questions, please send an e-mail to virginia.kamowa@wsscc.org.

Emma Mbalame from the Government of Malawi speaks at the third Sanitation and Water for All Partnership Meeting. Credit: SWA

Emma Mbalame from the Government of Malawi speaks at the third Sanitation and Water for All Partnership Meeting. Credit: SWA

WSSCC and its partners explored ways to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and boost government commitment to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) financing at a recent Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) Partnership Meeting in the Hague.

Hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 3 to 4 November, the meeting included key recommendations from WSSCC National Coordinatorsharmonizing the WASH policies and strategies of sector ministries and development partners; recognizing the role of local government in strategy development; and localizing the SWA agenda by aligning it with local priorities.

The two-day meeting was attended by about 90 SWA partners from across the globe, both old and new. WSSCC representatives included the Senior Programme Officer for Global Advocacy from the WSSCC Secretariat and various country partners, including countries where the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) is being implemented. The meeting reflected on the added value of the SWA partnership and how it contributes to the identification of common ground and collective action. The positive dialogue between participants led to some innovative ideas and key themes, which centred around:

  • The fact that the SDGs provide a fantastic opportunity for SWA. Partners embraced the universal agenda put forward by the SDGs, the focus on inequalities and the potential for greater alignment between local, regional and global processes.
  • Implementing four new collaborative behaviours identified by SWA partners, which are: enhancing government leadership and sector planning processes; strengthening and using country systems; using one information and mutual accountability platform; building sustainable water and sanitation sector financing strategies.
  • Increasing accountability for all SWA constituencies, not just countries.
  • Continued political prioritization of WASH and mobilization of support at the highest level.
Participants at the third Sanitation and Water for All Partnership Meeting. Credit: SWA

Participants at the third Sanitation and Water for All Partnership Meeting. Credit: SWA

During her session on strengthening SWA accountability at the global and national levels, WSSCC Senior Programme Officer for Global Advocacy, Virginia Kamowa, presented input received from WSSCC National Coordinators. National Coordinators add value to the WASH sector in their respective countries by mobilizing and working with partners, including SWA partners. The input from National Coordinators included: utilizing a multi-sector approach to addressing the SWA agenda; ensuring that national SWA teams meet regularly to make their roles more meaningful; the need for strong country mechanisms for follow up; the need for greater financial, technological, institutional and environmental sustainability; the need for the SWA secretariat to increasingly support in-country processes; and strengthening the capacity of national focal points and ensuring meaningful civil society involvement in national level SWA processes.

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WSSCC partners at the event were:

  • Samson Shivaji from the Kenya Water and Sanitation Network and Achille Kangin from the Government of Benin, who provided opening comments.
  • Ebele Okeke, WSSCC’s WASH Ambassador in Nigeria, who chaired a session on SDG implications and opportunities. Virginia Kamowa from the WSSCC Secretariat and Daudi Mukama from the Government of Uganda, who were on the panel on Strengthening SWA accountability at the global and national levels.
  • Emma Mbalame from the Government of Malawi, who was on the panel discussing SWA partner plans and involving other sectors.
  • Other WSSCC partners, including Samuel Ome from the Government of Nigeria, Kepha Ombacho from the government of Kenya, Sena Alouka, a youth mobilizer from Togo, Khalid Massa from the Government of Tanzania and Tinashe Matazu from the Government of Zimbabwe.

WSSCC works together with SWA and thousands of partners across the globe to help ensure WASH services reach everyone everywhere. WSSCC engages with SWA in its global level work, as well as at the country level, helping to follow up on commitments made by sector and finance ministers at SWA High Level Meetings.

Read more about the Partnership Meeting on the SWA website and view a photo gallery on Flickr.

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