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

WSSCC is revisiting some of its key publications that provide evidence and insight for sanitation-related programming.

On International Women’s Day, Chris Williams writes that there is more to adding women to the workplace; they need an enabling space

With SDG 6.2 at its heart, the strategy identifies the results WSSCC would like to achieve, the issues it will work on and regions where it will work

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

The first Kenya Water Week was held in Nairobi from 20-25 November 2016, with the theme “From Aid to Trade”.

Sessions discussed the impact of quality research evidence on the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector in India.

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

Washing hands with water and soap, or ash if you have to, has been recognised as a highly effective behaviour to reduce a whole slew of diseases

The side event will draw attention to equal access to sanitation and hygiene in public spaces.

WSSCC and the Mzuzu University are holding a joint 3-week thematic online discussion on applied research in WASH.

WSSCC’s participation and partnerships at the conference reinforced the council’s achievements and commitments to the WASH sector.

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Applied research in water, sanitation and hygiene – Summary repor...

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In October 2016, the WSSCC LinkedIn Community of Practice on Sanitation and Hygiene in Developing Countries and the Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation at Mzuzu University came together to hold a joint 3‐week thematic discussion on applied research in water, sanitation and hygiene. The LinkedIn hosted CoP has over 6,200 members each working in WASH and other related sectors; this thematic discussion was an opportunity to bring together sector practitioners and researchers to share knowledge, learn from each other, identify best practice and explore links between research and practice in the sector. The first discussion was held from 3 to 9 October 2016 and focused on ‘How to pull practitioners into research.The second thematic discussion hosted by WSSCC and the Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation at Mzuzu University was held from 10 to 16 October 2016 and focused on ‘Low‐cost WASH technologies’. The discussion was led by Assistant Professor Dr. Abebe Beyene Hailu at Jimma University, Ethiopia.
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SDC Global Brief – Global Programme Water

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The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) undertakes a range of activities with the aim to bring sanitation and hygiene to the attention of high-level decision makers. By promoting universal access to sanitation facilities where they are needed, SDC is making a concrete contribution to improving public hygiene and the living conditions of the most vulnerable people.
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Formative Research to Develop Appropriate Participatory Approache...

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Most sanitation promotion approaches are only partially successful in providing short term increases in sanitation coverage and usage. BCC messages designed as marketing interventions often fail to address deeper underlying causes of resistance behind people’s reluctance to adopt improved and safe sanitation and hygiene. This study was undertaken with the objective of understanding perceptions, barriers, and motivators for improved sanitation behavior in rural India. Rural communities are not homogenous; they are also very divergent across the mountains, plains, deserts and coastal areas of India with mixed caste, tribal and Dalit composition. The study investigates how different disaggregated sets of people respond to the same questions on barriers to sanitation – women, men, adolescent girls and boys, children, old and infirm, tribal and non-tribal communities, village level functionaries, etc. The study was conducted in Gujarat, Telangana, and Jharkhand. An intensive field research was undertaken in nine villages between July and December 2015.
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Global Sanitation Fund Progress Report 2015

Global Sanitation Fund
The 2015 GSF Progress Report provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of the Fund’s activities and performance in 2015. The latest information on the GSF’s structure and concepts at the date of publication of this report is also provided, as they relate to its work in 2015. Through regular reporting, WSSCC aims to provide a clear impression of the GSF’s current and planned impact. WSSCC encourages support for the GSF and welcomes critical analysis of the Fund's key results and activities. Key sections in the report include: a message from the GSF Programme Director; highlights and achievements; how the Fund works; highlights from all 13 GSF-supported country programmes; and feature stories and testimonials from the people and partners central to the Fund. 2015 was a year of considerable progress, learning and innovation for country programmes, and the Fund as a whole. Since the GSF was established, over $112 million has been committed for 13 country programmes. These commitments, and the work of thousands of partners and champions, have enabled 10.87 million people to live in open defecation free environments; 6.62 million to gain access to improved toilets; and 15.69 million to gain access to handwashing facilities.Cette publication donne une vue d’ensemble globale des activités menées par le GSF en 2015 et analyse ses performances pour cette année. Elle comprend également les informations les plus récentes quant à la structure du GSF et aux concepts utiles à la date de la publication du présent rapport, puisque celles-ci se rapportent aux travaux du GSF en 2015. Par le biais de rapports réguliers, le WSSCC a pour but de dresser un tableau clair de l’impact actuel et prévu du GSF. Le WSSCC vous encourage à soutenir le GSF et vous invite à lui adresser toute analyse critique des résultats et activités. L’année 2015 a été marquée par des progrès considérables, de nombreux enseignements et de grandes innovations pour les programmes que soutient le GSF et pour le Fonds dans son ensemble. Depuis la création du GSF, plus de 112 millions de dollars ont été affectés à 13 programmes de pays. Ces engagements financiers et le travail de nos milliers de partenaires et de champions ont permis au GSF d’engranger des résultats probants. 10,87 millions de personnes peuvent vivre dans un environnement exempt de défécation à l’air libre. De plus, 6,62 millions de personnes ont accès à des toilettes améliorées et 15,69 millions de personnes ont accès à des installations pour se laver les mains.
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Menstrual Hygiene Management, SDGs and the Private Sector – Women...

Equality
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.
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WSSCC at Women Deliver 2016

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Download the full programme below to find out more about our events at this year's Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. As a leading, global advocate for girls’ and women’s health, rights, and wellbeing, Women Deliver brings together diverse voices and interests to drive progress in maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights. We build capacity, share solutions, and forge partnerships, together creating coalitions, communication, and action that spark political commitment and investment in girls and women. For more information on Women Deliver, visit www.wd2016.org.
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National Coordinators Report – Highlights 2015

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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.
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United Nations World Water Development Report 2016 – Water and Jo...

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Three out of four of the jobs worldwide are water-dependent. In fact, water shortages and lack of access may limit economic growth in the years to come, according to the 2016 United Nations World Water Development Report, Water and Jobs, launched on 22 March 2016, World Water Day, in Geneva. From its collection, through various uses, to its ultimate return to the natural environment, water is a key factor in the development of job opportunities either directly related to its management (supply, infrastructure, wastewater treatment, etc.) or in economic sectors that are heavily water-dependent such as agriculture, fishing, power, industry and health. Furthermore, good access to drinking water and sanitation promotes an educated and healthy workforce, which constitutes an essential factor for sustained economic growth. In its analysis of the economic impact of access to water, the report cites numerous studies that show a positive correlation between investments in the water sector and economic growth. It also highlights the key role of water in the transition to a green economy. WSSCC is a contributing author to this report.Le Programme mondial des Nations Unies pour l’évaluation des ressources en eau (WWAP), accueilli et dirigé par l’UNESCO, assure la coordination du travail des 31 membres et 38 partenaires d’ONU-Eau en vue de publier le Rapport mondial des Nations Unies sur la mise en valeur des ressources en eau (WWDR). L’édition 2016 du Rapport mondial des Nations Unies sur la mise en valeur des ressources en eau est consacrée à « L'eau et l'emploi » et vise à informer les décideurs au sein de la communauté de l'eau sur l'importance du lien entre l'eau et l'emploi afin d’assurer le développement social et économique, ainsi que la durabilité de l’environnement, de tous les pays, qu’il soit riche ou pauvre.