#WSSCCLearning: Announcing WSSCC’s Community of Practice Thematic Discussions for 2017

Date: 27th February 2017

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The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council’s (WSSCC) Community of Practice on Sanitation and Hygiene in Developing Countries (CoP) has set the agenda for its thematic discussions based on a survey sent out in January to members of the Council and the CoPs’ LinkedIn group.

WSSCC members are granted automatic access to the CoP. The aim of the community is to stimulate global learning between those working in sanitation and hygiene, providing a neutral platform to share and learn together.

This LinkedIn group brings together more than 6,400 individuals from the global community who are working in the sanitation and hygiene sector.

Members of the group are invited to share sanitation and hygiene related knowledge and questions, in addition to notifications of relevant events and learning activities such as conferences and webinars.

In preparation for the thematic discussions, the WSSCC Secretariat will be selecting partner institutions to facilitate the dialogue on the selected subthemes and identify conversation leaders.

During the discussions, members will be invited to answer questions raised by the facilitators and conversation leaders.

The CoP learning agenda for 2017 follows, with dates for upcoming discussions.

  1. Sustainability (e.g. behaviour, technical, financial, institutional) April 10th – 28

Additional details on the subtopics for this thematic area will be shared by the end of March.

  1. Advocacy, campaigns and partnerships (e.g. policy, capacity-building, accountability, governance) June 12th – 30th
  2. Behaviour change at scale (e.g. large scale delivery models) October 9th – 27th

Community members in Madagscar building a handwashing station with local materials. Credit: FAA/Joséa Ratsirarson

The WSSCC coordinator of the group works with a global team of ‘stewards’ who are dedicated and well respected sector professionals. The stewards are responsible for the strategic decisions for the CoP and each brings different opportunities, networks and geographical representation to the table.

They are:

  • Ada Oko-Williams, Technical Support Manager for Sanitation at WaterAid
  • Madeleine Fogde, Senior Project Manager, Stockholm Environment Institute
  • Darren Saywell WASH/CLTS Technical Director, Plan International USA
  • Archana Patkar Programme Manager, WSSCC
  • Anjal Prakash, Programme Coordinator of HI-AWARE at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).

There are currently two open seats for steward candidates from South America and South East Asia / Africa (practitioner-focused). If you would like to volunteer to lead subtheme discussions, you can contact the Coordinator on shcopadmin@wsscc.org.

To participate in future discussions, please join here:

WSSCC CoP: www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=1238187

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