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9 November 2010

WSSCC is excited to announce the launch of a new WASH Case Studies Series which showcases the evolution, activities and impact of national WASH Coalitions.

9 November 2010

In what has re-established itself as an important annual review and planning gathering, the WSSCC Meeting of National Coordinators (NCs) and Regional Representatives (RRs) took place 5-9 May in Geneva.

9 November 2010

Launched on 14 March, shortly after confirmations of contributions from donors totaling more than $50 million, the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) is taking its first concrete steps in Nepal, Madagascar and Uganda. The GSF is a pooled fund whose purpose is to support national efforts to help poor people attain sustainable access to basic sanitation. To date commitments have been made by The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

9 November 2010

With more than half of its 80 sessions dedicated to sanitation, the World Water Week in Stockholm 2008 in August has a decidedly brown tint. WSSCC will have a major presence at the event, moderating panels, organising events, hosting an exhibition and recruiting new members.

9 November 2010

During the Meeting of National Coordinators (NCs) and Regional Representatives (RRs) in May, WSSCC’s Tatiana Fedotova and David Trouba met the newest NCs to discuss the water, sanitation and hygiene issues in their countries, their WASH Coalitions and their impressions of the meeting in Geneva.

9 November 2010

The Kenya National WASH Coalition, which is coordinated by NETWAS International, is involved in an assessment to track the country’s achievement of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target on sanitation.

9 November 2010

For the first time in its history, the Republic of Madagascar now has a ministry responsible for drinking water, integrated water resources management and sanitation issues.

9 November 2010

WSSCC has new representatives on its governing body, the Steering Committee. Mr. Peter Cookey of Earth Watch Nigeria, and Mr. Edgar Quiroga of the University of Valle, Colombia, will represent Anglophone Africa and Latin America, respectively, beginning with next month’s meeting in Geneva.

9 November 2010

In order to strengthen grassroots advocacy, Tearfund and its local partner AEL organize regular workshops in communities in Liberia. The workshops target local authorities, youth, church- and community-based organizations (CBOs). One such workshop carried out in Tappita Statutory District Nimba County, Liberia, brought about change in one man’s life. Chester, a strong youth leader who in the past was involved in advocating for development projects in his community, had an encounter a couple of years ago that left him demoralized and no longer willing to carry out advocacy.

9 November 2010

As a global language, English is useful, but to reach people locally, you have to speak with their tongue. For that reason, the National WASH Coalition in Nigeria, the National Task Group on Sanitation (NTGS), held a four-day advocacy materials translation workshop from 20 to 25 April in Jos, Nigeria, with WSSCC support.

9 November 2010

Between December 2008 and February 2009, members around the world voted in elections for open seats on the WSSCC Steering Committee.

9 November 2010

At least 51 million people continue to defecate in the open in Pakistan, and the cost of diarrhoea and typhoid equals 1.8 percent of the Gross Domestic Product, according to the Director General of the Environment, Javed Ali Khan, at the first national conference on sanitation, or PACOSAN, held in Islamabad on 28-29 May 2009.