WSSCC members invited to join Community of Practice on Sanitation and Hygiene

Date: 9th November 2016

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WSSCC’s members have now have automatic access to the Community of Practice on Sanitation and Hygiene in Developing Countries (CoP) hosted by WSSCC on the social networking platform LinkedIn.

A survey will be sent out for both CoP and WSSCC members to share and select the top priority themes for 2017. The results of the survey will be shared on the CoP and with all WSSCC members in January 2017.

The aim of the CoP is to reinforce the global community of those working in sanitation and hygiene and create a neutral platform to share and learn together.

For 2017, the learning agenda will include four focus-themes with at least three sub-themes identified for each theme.

This LinkedIn group brings together more than 6,000 individuals from the global community who are working in the sanitation and hygiene sector and want to share and learn together. It stimulates collaborative and active learning to generate a mutual understanding of sanitation and hygiene areas and provides a platform for global dialogue.

The WSSCC coordinator of the group works with a global team of ‘stewards’ who are dedicated and well respected sector professionals. The Stewards are responsible for the strategic decisions for the CoP and each one brings different opportunities, networks and geographical representation to the table.

They are, Ada Oko-Williams, Technical Support Manager for Sanitation at WaterAid Madeleine Fogde, Senior Project Manager, Stockholm Environment Institute, Darren Saywell WASH/CLTS Technical Director, Plan International USA, Archana Patkar, Network and Knowledge Management Programme Manager, WSSCC, Johannes Heeb, Director of the International Centre for Water Management Services (CEWAS) and Anjal Prakash, Programme Coordinator of HI-AWARE at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). There are currently two open seats for steward candidates from South America and South East Asia / Africa (practicioner-focused)

Thematic discussions were started in 2015 with the first one running from September 2015 to January 2016 on Sanitation and hygiene behaviour change programming and sustainability habit formation, slippage, and the need for long-term programming. With Programming for Scale, ODF and Slippage and Sustainability for Behaviour Change as sub-themes.

On October 2016 the CoP discussions centered around Applied Research with sub-themes on How to pull practitioners into research, Low-cost WASH technologies and Reducing sanitation-related psychosocial stress, and improving the safety and quality of life for women and girls. A report is available on WSSCC’s website.

The latest one which took place from October 24th until November 12th tackled the topic of   Linking WASH to other development sectors with sub-themes on WASH and Nutrition, WASH and Disability and Climate Change and WASH. A report is available on WSSCC’s website.

The WSSCC-hosted CoP is the newest member benefit. We encourage you to play an active role in the upcoming discussions, learn from them, contribute to them and potentially lead a future sub-theme. New WSSCC members will receive an e-mail invitation from the CoP coordinator shortly after receiving the welcome pack from the Secretariat and all existing members will receive the invitation over the next couple of months.

To participate in future discussions, please join here:


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