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Our national coordinators are working with the media to promote sanitation and hygiene on national agendas

In Cambodia, a Global Sanitation Fund (GSF)-supported programme is using real-time and action learning techniques to increase its impact.

7 journalists were named today as winners of the “2014 WASH Media Awards” competition for their excellence in reporting on WASH-related issues.


National Coordinators Report – Highlights 2015

Sixteen National Coordinators work within WASH coalitions in their home countries, leading WSSCC’s work, serving as coalition heads and spokespersons, and advocating on WASH issues. National Coordinators carry out national and local level networking, knowledge management, advocacy and communications activities, and working on facilitating and implementing Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) programme activities. Working with partners and networks, they aim to position sanitation and hygiene onto the national agenda and prioritize specific investments for sanitation and hygiene. This report shows how WSSCC's National Coordinators have increased the visibility of WSSCC in their respective countries and how their collective commitment has contributed to greater commitments from rights holders, duty bearers, the private sector and partners.Rapport des coordinateurs nationaux 2015 - Les coordinateurs nationaux du WSSCC sont actifs dans 16 pays d’Asie du Sud-Est, d’Afrique de l’Ouest, d’Asie du Sud et d’Afrique orientale et australe. En 2015, ils ont pu faciliter et entreprendre des activités variées, qui illustrent l’activisme local et mondial en faveur du secteur WASH, et le dynamisme de l’approche collaborative du WSSCC. Avec l’adoption des objectifs de développement durable (ODD) en septembre 2015, les coordinateurs nationaux continuent de contribuer à ce secteur en portant davantage attention aux questions d’expansion et d’équité, conformément aux nouveaux objectifs. Ils canalisent les efforts des coalitions WASH et des autorités publiques pour mettre fin à la pratique de la défécation à l’air libre, et veillent à ce que les améliorations sanitaires soient adaptées aux personnes vulnérables et aux groupes socialement marginalisés. Pour se concentrer sur l’expansion et l’équité, ils s’appuient sur les résultats et l’expérience des 13 programmes nationaux d’amélioration de l’assainissement et de l’hygiène soutenus par le GSF ainsi que sur les activités du WSSCC relatives à l’égalité et à la non-discrimination.

WASH Case Studies Series – Nepal

The Nepal WASH Coalition was formed in 2003 to serve a country where less than half of the population uses adequate sanitation facilities. Ranking low on the human poverty index means that Nepal faces major hurdles in ensuring a basic standard of living, including sustainable access to adequate sanitation, for its population. To reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for water and sanitation by 2015 would require the construction of at least 14,000 latrines every month until 2015. In this case study, part of the series analyzing individual countries, we examine how the Nepal WASH Coalition has emerged as an advocacy and communications-driven entity through its increased interaction with various media organizations. The result of which is a marked increase in reporting on water, sanitation and hygiene issues in the media, which played an influential part in convincing the Government to endorse WASH programmes. WASH Coalitions are involved in activities ranging from participating in information sharing to advocating specific policy changes and everything in between, with approaches tailored to suit the country it operates in. Each coalition, though, has in common a commitment to addressing the need for improved systematic communication, collaboration, and joint action among sector stakeholders in their country of operation.