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10 November 2010

WSSCC-supported National WASH Coalitions operate in 33 countries. An increasingly prominent component of the coalitions’ work is the cooperation with governments to develop national policy documents. Through dialogue and review, they contribute to relevance and transparency, as well as stakeholder buy-in. Hereunder are three country experiences.

10 November 2010

Zimbabwe has seen its ups and downs in terms of WASH services, and the newly signed Government of National Unity presents opportunities for the improvements in WASH. While we look towards the rehabilitation, development and expansion of water and sanitation infrastructure, there is a concern that social values, principles, standards and ethics will not have such an easy or quick fix.

10 November 2010

Every day WSSCC members work steadfastly towards providing water, sanitation and hygiene for people who lack access. Some of our WASH Coalitions encounter the added challenge of labouring towards this goal in conflict zones, where hundreds of thousands of people can be displaced, forced to abandon their homes and resettle in other areas. In 2007, there were 26 million internally displaced persons in at least 52 countries as a result of conflict . Public toilets, water storage, distribution infrastructure, and homes can all be destroyed in military operations. When ensuring the safety of their family becomes people’s number one priority, sanitation can slip down the list.

10 November 2010

Sixteen-year-old Didar has been living in Kacharikandi Moshajan village in Bangladesh since childhood.

10 November 2010

Since 2006, the Vietnam Ministry of Health and the Vietnam Women’s Union, with support from the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program, have been carrying out an evidence-based, comprehensive behaviour change communications program to promote hand washing with soap among women aged 15-49 and schoolchildren aged 6-10 throughout Vietnam.

10 November 2010

The Scouting Federation in Madagascar is signification force for change, due to its wealth of experience in community mobilization and youth engagement. The vivacity of the Scouts, supported by the Diorano WASH coalition, made their water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) project an exceptionally rich social awareness and learning experience to promote WASH issues.

10 November 2010

In sanitation and hygiene work, it is generally agreed that a bottom-up approach – whereby the wants and needs of the people are solicited and acknowledged – works best. However, sometimes, what is working at the “top” needs to be replicated at local and state/regional levels.

9 November 2010

WSSCC’s Carolien van der Voorden was interviewed recently in an article by Swiss Info about the importance of urine to crop fertilisation.

9 November 2010

WSSCC’s Tatiana Fedotova speaks with Zura Mendikulova of Kyrgyzstan about the excitement around the International Year of Sanitation.

9 November 2010

In January 2008, a group of 53 South Asian practitioners in a Dhaka workshop organised by IRC, WaterAid and BRAC with support from WSSCC, shared some interesting experiences on conducting rural and urban sanitation and hygiene programmes in their region. While the workshop, entitled ‘Beyond Construction, Use by All’, was a gathering of practitioners, much of what they discussed had far-reaching policy and strategy implications.

9 November 2010

The second African Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene – AfricaSan+5 – took place from 18 to 21 February 2008 in Durban, South Africa.

9 November 2010

The World Water Day 2008 celebrations in Geneva on 20 March were dedicated to sanitation.