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Addis Ababa, 7/08/2013 -Members of the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) Ethiopia Movement (WEM), policymakers, business and partners including representatives of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and WaterAid gathered in Adama, Ethiopia from 6 to 8 August to develop a WEM strategic action plan that is aimed at improving their collective efforts in the sector.
The WEM is a coalition, uniting representatives from governmental, non-governmantal and faith based organisations, UN agencies, the media and the private sector.
According to Michael Negash the National Coordinator (NC) of WEM and also the NC for the WSSCC in Ethiopia, “members of the coalition engage with each other on how to improve their collective efforts towards water, sanitation and hygiene”.
“The aim of the coalition is to address WASH priorities within the country and gain political and social commitments that are required to make a real difference in the sector”, he added.
To this end, WEM has since 2004 been working on issues concerning advocacy and mobilisation, learning and sharing and media engagement as part of the process of contributing to the national efforts that are aimed at improving sanitation and hygiene especially for the more vulnerable sections of society in Ethiopia.
In order to improve on its performance over the next three years, WEM has recently undertaken a sector review assessment through which it was identified that whilst there was creditable visibility of WEM there were still some challenges including improved collaboration, resource mobilisation and monitoring and evaluation.
As such, during the course of the three day workshop participants are working to develop an effective strategic action plan that will help the movement to be more effective in sector coordination, advocacy and mobilisation for the purposes of supporting WASH service delivery in order to achieve the national goals and targets that are related to the MDGs and the emerging post-2015 development agenda.