Developing a new strategy: Listening to our members and partners

Date: 2nd June 2016

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Credit: WSSCC/Javier Acebal

Credit: WSSCC/Javier Acebal

WSSCC has set up a series of participatory information gathering exercises that will inform the development of our 2017-2020 strategy. These exercises build on the organization’s tradition of listening to our members and consulting with partners.

In March, April and May, a series of interviews with internal and external stakeholders, as well as an online survey targeting over 3,000 member took place.  These activities involved soliciting opinions and input on key questions which are guiding the strategy development process.

National consultations

In order to truly understand the sanitation and hygiene challenges countries are facing, and how WSSCC – together with its members and partners – can best contribute to positive change, we recognize that we should go beyond interviews and surveys and engage in face-to-face discussions. Hence, a series of 17 national consultations in Africa and Asia are planned to take place in June and July. These consultations will be hosted by the WSSCC National Coordinators and will bring together WSSCC members, GSF partners and key actors in the country.

These one day meetings are a key part of the WSSCC 2017-2020 strategy development process. They aim to provide a platform to enable a deeper engagement with WSSCC stakeholders on the future strategic directions of the organization. In addition, they will explore national level directions for the work of the WSSCC, such as approaches from national WASH practice that could be scaled up and form part of the WSSCCC strategy. They also aim to unpack the challenges that affect the WASH sector and our work in countries. Moreover, a key objective is to debate and propose the strategic choices facing WSSCC, and what national stakeholders would want to see prioritized in the final strategy.

The inputs and insights gathered through all the participatory methods during the entire strategy development process will be digested, analyzed and brought together during a Strategy Conference in September. The conference will ultimately make clear what is included into WSSCC’s 2017-2020 strategy paper, and what is not. In November, the Steering Committee will discuss and sign off on the strategy.


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