Headlines and Highlights from 2017

Date: 19th December 2017

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Season’s Greetings from the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)!

In 2017, WSSCC continued to play a significant role in national, regional and global efforts towards achieving access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations ( Sustainable Development Goal, Target 6.2.)

©WSSCC/Javier Acebal

Guided by its Strategy 2017-2020 launched in March, WSSCC’s organization and activities were aligned in order to achieve two outcomes over the four-year period: 1) Country policies, capacities and mechanisms  to achieve sustainable sanitation and hygiene for all, and 2) Everyone, everywhere has access to and uses safe sanitation and hygiene.

The guiding principles for the strategy and WSSCC’s work are the Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs place unprecedented emphasis on women and adolescent girls, vulnerable groups, leaving no one behind, and equality and non-discrimination (EQND). They also underscore means of implementation based upon greater country ownership, public investment and a departure from donor-led development financing and planning.

In 2017 the Council started to shift its policy and practical work on equality and non-discrimination to a higher order outcome for the organization, as called for in Target 6.2. This required being more intentional about how WSSCC’s work on sanitation impacted the attainment of associated SDGs on education, health, women’s empowerment, reducing inequalities, urban development and climate action.

©WSSCC/Javier Acebal

Highlights in 2017 in this area included meeting growing demands from national governments for policy and training support for Menstrual Hygiene Management and Collective Behaviour Change with EQND, supporting critical sector wide regional and global monitoring processes, ensuring WSSCC’s continued seat at the table as a thought leader on Target 6.2 — especially the equity and sustainability aspects — and continuing to innovate through partnerships to achieve scale, in line with the strategic plan and mandate of the SDGs.

WSSCC made significant contributions with its direct delivery arm, the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF). By the end of 2016, GSF committed over USD 117 million across 13 countries, resulting in more than 15 million people living in Open Defecation Free (ODF) environments and over 20 million having access to handwashing facilities.  The current country programmes are at various stages of implementation. The more mature programmes have established enabling environments crucial for making significant contributions towards achieving WSSCC’s targets. The newer programmes are showing progress in increasing access and use of sanitation and hygiene while establishing the capacity, partnerships and structures needed to move to the next level of sustainability.

The full results for the GSF in 2017, using a new monitoring approach being implemented this year, will be published next year. However, following the previous WSSCC Strategic Plan indicator definitions, by mid-2017 it was estimated that a further 2.9 million people are living in ODF environments, approximately 2.2 million people have gained access to handwashing facilities and 1.3 million people have gained access to an improved sanitation facility.

Reinforcing and driving much of WSSCC’s work was its vibrant membership base of 3600 individuals living and working across more than 140 countries. Much of their work, and WSSCC’s work in general, was shared in the news section on WSSCC’s website and social media channels in 2017. WSSCC is pleased to share highlights from that reporting. Click on the links below for more information, and enjoy!

 WSSCC: Powered by People

GSF: Driving delivery, gaining knowledge and sharing lessons

Policy Advocacy: working for people in vulnerable situations

Evidence, learning and thought leadership

Organizational and partnership highlights

Sharing the stage through events and campaigns


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