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For SWA’s HLMs 2017 Chris Williams argues that governments should be investing in disease prevention

Findings of a new UN Women/WSSCC study in Niger on MHM practices were presented at a side event during CSW61.

Join us at CSW in New York for the findings of a new study on the sanitation and hygiene needs of women working in the informal sector in Niger.

Monitoring slippage should go beyond the numbers to truly understand behaviour change and community dynamics.

The CoP learning agenda for 2017 will commence with discussions around Sustainability from April 10th to 28th.

Lessons from the GSF-supported Uganda programme for implementing CLTS at scale through a decentralized government system.

WSSCC explores community learning trajectories within the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) process, and how they relate to slippage.

In Agelilyec, community members are supporting disadvantaged groups as part of a larger effort to keep their village open defecation free.

The WSSCC family extends its congratulations to Amina J. Mohammed on her nomination to serve as Deputy Secretary-General of the UN.

WSSCC Executive Director Chris Williams sends greetings to members in his end-of-year message.

Like India, a disproportionate number of Nigerians – over 110 million – have little or no access to improved sanitation.

WSSCC and Mzuzu University are holding a joint 3-week thematic discussion on linking water, sanitation and hygiene to other development sectors.

Resources

Sustainable Sanitation For All – Case studies by Elizabeth Wamera...

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Great strides have been made in improving sanitation in many developing countries. Yet, 2.4 billion people worldwide still lack access to adequate sanitation facilities and the poorest and most vulnerable members of society are often not reached and their specific needs are not met. Moreover, sustainability is currently one of the key challenges in CLTS and wider WASH practice, subsuming issues such as behaviour change, equity and inclusion, physical sustainability and sanitation marketing, monitoring and verification, engagement of governments, NGOs and donors, particularly after open defecation free (ODF) status is reached, and more. There have been several useful studies on sustainability that have highlighted some of these different aspects as well as the complexities involved. This book develops these key themes by exploring current experience, practices, challenges, innovations and insights, as well as identifying a future research agenda and gaps in current knowledge.WSSCC’s Elizabeth Wamera, Civil Society and National Engagement Officer’s chapter on post-ODF management process by the community is available for download from the book “Sustainable Sanitation for all: Experiences, challenges and innovations”. The chapter Who is managing the post-ODF process in the community? A case study of Nambale sub-county in Western Kenya, is based on the success of Nambale sub-county, which was declared ODF in 2012, and looks at the role of Community Health Workers (CHWs), discussing challenges that could be threatening ODF achievement and sustainability. As post-ODF follow-up is central to sustaining open defecation free (ODF) status, and needs to be integrated into CLTS programming from the outset, the chapter explores the responsibilities of carrying out these activities, and how they might be motivated and financed. The CLTS Knowledge Hub's newly launched book describes the landscape of the sustainability of Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and sanitation with references to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and through examples from Africa and Asia. Featured in the book are a range of experiences and innovations from institutions and actors within the WASH sector attempting to make recommendations and practical suggestions for policy and practice for practitioners, funders, policymakers and governments.Sustainable Development Goal Target 6.2 aims, by 2030, to achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation (OD), paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations. If we are serious about leaving no one behind, we will need to put human beings first, and infrastructure designed to serve them second. Many individuals and groups cannot use sanitation and hygiene facilities due to physical or societal restrictions placed on them by their gender, disability, age, caste, religion, gender, or poverty. Non-discrimination should be embedded into policy and practice, so that people’s realities, needs, and demands are clearly articulated and matched with budgets, adapted public facilities on the ground, more equitable sharing of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) burdens, and systematic, meaningful participation in decision-making and monitoring. This chapter summarizes the testimonies and aspirations of individuals across a number of Asian countries who were never asked what they need and who are excluded from services. They remind us that in order to leave no one behind we will need to listen to them, involve them fully at all key stages, and forge true partnerships to achieve shared goals.

Menstrual Hygiene Management, SDGs and the Private Sector – Women...

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This cross-cutting session hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, WSSCC, and SCA highlighted the issue of Menstrual Hygiene Management and the importance of breaking taboos and fighting stigma through evidence-based approaches to unlock multiple benefits for women and girls. The session also promoted detailed discussions on the roles and responsibilities each of us has to women and girls everywhere, regardless of our sector, occupation or geography. The session brought together experts from WASH, Human Rights, Education, Health and the private sector to share lessons and successes in policy and practice, with a specific focus on how multi-sectoral partnerships can collaborate to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Menstrual Hygiene Management: SDGs and the Private Sector – Offic...

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This cross-cutting session co-hosted by WSSCC and its partners will highlight the issue of Menstrual Hygiene Management and the importance of breaking taboos and fighting stigma through evidence-based approaches to unlock multiple benefits for women and girls. Download our event flyer to find out more. This session will bring together experts from WASH, Human Rights, Education, Health and the private sector to share lessons and successes in policy and practice, with a specific focus on how multi-sectoral partnerships can collaborate to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

WSSCC/UN Women Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation ...

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Coinciding with global agreement on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this issue of the Information Letter focuses on: efforts in Niger to incorporate gender issues in new national strategy and policy processes; menstrual hygiene management (MHM) training for humanitarian actors working in refugee camps in Cameroon; highlights from World Water Week in Stockholm; and Joint Programme actions to encourage the development of participatory and inclusive MHM training and collaboration tools for West and Central African users.Programme conjoint « Genre, hygiène et assainissement » Lettre d’information nº 6 - Coïncidant avec l’accord mondial sur les Objectifs de développement durable (ODD), cette édition de la Lettre d’information aborde les thèmes suivants : les efforts déployés au Niger pour intégrer les questions de genre dans la nouvelle stratégie nationale et l’élaboration des politiques publiques ; l’organisation d’une formation en gestion de l’hygiène menstruelle (GHM) pour les acteurs humanitaires qui travaillent dans les camps de réfugiés au Cameroun ; les temps forts de la Semaine mondiale de l’eau à Stockholm; et les actions entreprises par le Programme conjoint pour encourager le développement d’outils de formation et de collaboration participatifs et inclusifs en matière de GHM à l’intention des utilisateurs d’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre.

Tracking Progress for Adolescent Girls – Indicators for the Susta...

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In preparation for a much more holistic and integrated way of working post 2015, WSSCC highlighted the myriad dimensions of sanitation and hygiene for the safety, dignity and confidence of girls in the Girl Declaration Joint Advocacy Group working closely with Plan International and the UN Foundation. This indicator document was shared widely and used for the roundtable discussions during the UN Foundation organized event “Towards Bangkok: A Briefing and Discussion on Adolescent Girls Indicators for the Sustainable Development Goal“ held September 2015 in New York.

Community-driven development for water and sanitation in urban ar...

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Community organizations working with local NGOs have been responsible for many of the most cost-effective initiatives to improve and extend provision for water and sanitation to low-income urban households. This has a growing relevance within an urbanizing world, with a large and increasing proportion of those with low incomes who lack provision living in urban areas. Along with considerable bearing on meeting the water and sanitation target within the Millennium Development Goals. This publication defines the scale of need before focusing on the role local, community-driven schemes provide in addressing the requirements of the unserved or ill-served in urban areas. Schemes that improved and extended provision for water and sanitation as a result of changes in approach by local governments and civil society organizations are detailed. This includes local initiatives not normally considered part of ‘water and sanitation’ which have been significant in improving and extending provision, especially squatter upgrading schemes, initiatives to provide land for new housing and measures to increase the availability of loans to support household and community investments in better housing. Often underpinning these successes were the partnerships offered to local government by organizations of the urban poor. The tools and methods used are examined along with the ‘local’ constraints to improving and extending provision for water and sanitation and how these can be successfully addressed.