Global Policy

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We support member states to develop or transform evidence-based and inclusive policies addressing water, sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health and hygiene. We contribute to shaping global policy debates through high level policy dialogues. Our policy support is guided by Human Rights principles, the Sanitation and Water for All Guiding Principles, the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the Accra Agenda for Action and the SDG principles of People, Participation and the Planet.

 Guiding principles:                                                       

    Leave no one behind is a key principle of our Global Policy work. Find out more of our work to foster human rights-based approaches to WASH policy-making, planning and programming, for the realization of SDG 6.

    Gender equality is a politically complex effort to shape attitudes and policy decisions that endorse equitable distribution of resources among men and women, girls and boys.

    • People
    • Participation
    • Planet
    • Universal and inalienable 
    • Interdependent and indivisible
    • Equal and non-discriminatory
    • Both Rights and Obligations
    • Country owned objectives and priorities
    • Alignment of development assistance with country objectives and priorities and use country systems
    • Harmonisation of development assistance to gain efficiency and avoid duplication
    • Results oriented 
    • Mutual accountability for the development results
    • Ownership
    • Inclusive partnerships
    • Delivering results
    • Capacity development
    • Multi-stakeholder efforts
    • Sustainability of services and actions
    • Leaving no-one behind
    • Transparency and accountability
    • Evidence-based decision-making
    • Human rights to water and sanitation for all
    • International collaboration and aid effectiveness

    Our work is informed by policy relevant research. We collaborate with national and global research institutes on key projects relating to water, sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health and hygiene.

    Specifically, the following points define our Policy and Practice work:

    • Member States leadership and ownership

    • Menstrual Health and Hygiene policies and resolutions

    • Identifying gaps and conducting policy-relevant research

    • Leaving no one behind

    • Building unique partnerships to build on shared visions and mandates, different strength and resources

    Amanda Hodgeson, Representative, Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL)/ Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI)

    People are speaking, but not in a way in which we can hear them. Often, they don’t have access to the government. They also don’t have access to NGOs and civil society. We need to think beyond what we know and understand and, instead of trying to adapt the ways in which people speak to us, perhaps we need to adapt the ways in which we listen to them.


     Amanda Hodgeson, Representative, Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL)/ Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI)

     WSSCC and OHCHR Roundtable, Geneva, 2020



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