WSSCC at the 7th South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN)


In April, WSSCC is pleased to continue its longstanding engagement in the South Asian Conference on Sanitation. The event is themed Safe Sanitation in South Asia - Plan 2030, and takes place 10-14 April 2018, Islamabad, Pakistan.

'SACOSAN is a vibrant mechanism for learning and sharing, assessing progress, regional advocacy and benchmarking,' says WSSCC Executive Director Rolf Luyendijk, who will participate in the event. 'In the past decade, SACOSAN has highlighted the themes of disability and menstrual hygiene management in its declarations and commitments, and more recently included marginalized groups to talk directly with ministers to negotiate their individual needs. SACOSAN has always been powerful agent for sanitation and hygiene progress in South Asia, and this year's event will carry on that tradition.'

WSSCC will participate or support a number of events. These include:

CLTS Learning and Sharing Workshop, 10 April, 0900-1400
This session by the CLTS Knowledge Hub, Institute of Development Studies, UNICEF and WSSCC will be an opportunity for those interested and engaged in CLTS programmes and rural sanitation more broadly to share experiences, challenges and innovations from South Asia and beyond. Note that registration for this special event ends 4 April 2018. Read more about the session and how to register.

Menstrual Hygiene Management in South Asia, 10 April, 0900-1400
The event will highlight successful examples on how improving general awareness and institutional practices around Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) can help socio-economic achievements, health, and development of adolescent girls throughout South Asia. Read more.

Thematic Session on Sociology of Sanitation, 12 April, 0900-1045
WSSCC Executive Director Rolf Luyendijk will provide a Keynote address at this session, led by the Royal Government of Bhutan. The session will deepen understanding and highlight unique sociological approaches adopted in South Asian countries towards changing behaviour in pursuit of sustainable sanitation.  FANSA is supporting the event. Read more.

Policy, Strategy and Sectoral Planning, 12 April, 1115-1315
Presentations at this session, convened by the Government of the Maldives with support from WSSCC, will contribute to the development of national water and sanitation sectors in the eight South Asian countries, thus supporting regional progress in formulating and implementation of policies and strategies to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6. Read more.

Vulnerabilities and Access to WASH, 12 April, 1430-1530
The Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA), WaterAid and WSSCC are organizing this session as part of their commitment to support National Governments in implementing the commitments signed at SACOSANs, including the 2013 Kathmandu Declaration and the 2016 Dhaka Declaration. As preparation, FANSA is facilitating national level consultation meetings with marginalized communities to identify key issues and messages to be represented at SACOSAN. Read more.

Sanitation and Water for All Accountability Session,  12 April, 1600-1730
As a Sanitation and Water for All partner, WSSCC is pleased to participate in the session entitled Improving National Processes through an Inclusive Accountability Mechanism and Alignment to Regional Sanitation Platforms. The side event will reinforce support for planning and review of the sanitation targets; disseminate information about SWA’s updated accountability mechanism; to follow-up on the outcomes of the Sector and Finance Ministers’ Meetings; and increase alignment of national, regional and global processes in support of government-led national processes. Read more.

Menstrual Hygiene Management Fair, 12 April, 1700-2100.
SACOSAN presents a prime opportunity to showcase the diverse approaches to working with Menstrual Hygiene Management in the Region. From master training sessions of Pakistani and Nepalese experts to the development of materials for people with visual and hearing impairments, the wide range of regional innovations will be on display in a special MHM Fair/Mela also featuring musical and artistic interpretations.

The WSSCC team at SACOSAN will include Rolf Luyendijk, WSSCC Executive Director; Virginia Kamowa, WSSCC Technical Expert on Menstrual Hygiene Management; Guna Raj Shrestha, National Coordinator, Nepal; Vinod Kumar Mishra, WSSCC India Coordinator, India Support Unit; Matteus van der Velden, WSSCC Asia Regional Unit; Tanya Khan, National Coordinator, Pakistan; and Shah Md. Anowar Kamal, National Coordinator, Bangladesh.

WSSCC members who will also participate are kindly requested to let the Secretariat know by email at so that the team can connect with you in Islamabad.