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

The podcast encourages discussion on menstrual and feminine hygiene issues and the right to sanitation for women and girls.

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

WSSCC Member Daniel Iroegbu’s inspirational work is impacting the lives of women and girls in hard-to-reach areas of the country.

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.

The Global Sanitation Fund has identified a number of slippage patterns, linked to factors that communities have significant, little or no control over.

The event included able and disabled women and girls, who traveled from many parts of Nepal to share their real-life experiences.

Do you know what the stress points are for women and girls in their daily sanitation routines? How do they cope? Join our March 2nd webinar.

The review was undertaken by IFMR LEAD and managed for quality assurance by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation.

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WSSCC Strategic Plan 2017-2020

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WSSCC’s new Strategic Plan will guide the organization over the next four years. It identifies the results WSSCC will achieve, the issues it will work on, and where it will work. The Strategy also presents how WSSCC will deploy its effective mix of tools, instruments, knowledge, and human and financial resources to make a meaningful and sustainable impact on the lives of millions people who lack sanitation and hygiene, especially those in the most vulnerable situations. Because WSSCC’s work is guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim to transform the world by 2030, this Strategy is the first in a sequence of plans that later will guide WSSCC’s work from 2021-25 and 2026-30, respectively.Le nouveau Plan Stratégique du WSSCC guidera l'organisation au cours des quatre prochaines années. Il identifie les résultats que le WSSCC atteindra, les enjeux sur lesquels il travaillera et où il fonctionnera. La Stratégie présente également comment le WSSCC déploiera sa panoplie efficace d'outils, d'instruments, de connaissances et de ressources humaines et financières pour avoir un impact significatif et durable sur la vie de millions de personnes qui manquent d'assainissement et d'hygiène, en particulier dans les situations les plus vulnérables. Parce que le travail du WSSCC est guidé par les objectifs de développement durable (ODD) qui visent à transformer le monde d'ici à 2030, cette Stratégie est la première d'une série de plans qui guideront plus tard le travail du WSSCC de 2021-25 et 2026-30 respectivement.
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Mid-Term Review of WSSCC’s Medium-Term Strategic Plan 2012-2016 –...

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In 2015, the WSSCC commissioned a Mid-Term Review (MTR) of its Medium-Term Strategic Plan (MTSP) 2012-16 to assess its progress against intended results in the MTSP. The MTR was designed to contribute to organisational learning as well as to meet the accountability requirements of WSSCC’s Steering Committee and donors. The MTR covers the period 2012-2014, with additional analysis of progress made as part of the 2015-2016 Biennial Work Plan up to February 2016. The review was undertaken by IFMR LEAD and managed for quality assurance by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) under the 3ie Sanitation and Hygiene Thematic Window.WSSCC has issued a Management Response to the recommendations in the review, with a comprehensive internal response plan developed for each recommendation, under the headings of Programme Strategy, Monitoring and Evaluation and Governance.
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Information letter 9 – WSSCC/UN Women Joint Programme on Gender, ...

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Highlighting the main points and events since the second half of the year (July to December 2016), this information letter focuses on: Highlighting strengths and weaknesses of sanitation programmes in Senegal,- including sanitation expert findings, international norms and standards-, concrete steps on how to improve MHM in refugee camps in Cameroon through observations within three separate refugee camps that are home to some 38,000 men, women and children. Menstrual waste management in West and Central Africa is also covered reporting on a technical workshop hosted by the Senegal Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development in October. Also, Menstrual Hygiene Management is reaching main results in Cameroon after five municipalities have committed to integrate it into their budget plans, before key result of the MHM trainers platform and 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign are mentioned.Cette lettre d'information met l'accent sur les points et événements forts de la seconde moitié de l'année (de juillet à décembre 2016). Elle pointe les forces et les faiblesses des programmes d'assainissement au Sénégal, y compris les résultats de l’expert en assainissement, les normes internationales ; la façon d'améliorer la GHM dans les camps de réfugiés au Cameroun à travers des observations dans trois camps de réfugiés séparés qui accueillent quelque 38 000 hommes, femmes et enfants. La gestion des déchets menstruels en Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre est également couverte suite à un atelier technique organisé par le Ministère sénégalais de l'environnement et du développement durable en octobre. En outre, la gestion de l'hygiène menstruelle obtient des résultats importants au Cameroun après que cinq municipalités se sont engagées à l'intégrer dans leurs plans budgétaires, avant de mentionner les résultats clés de la plateforme des formateurs en GHM et la campagne de 16 jours d'activisme contre la violence faite aux femmes.
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Best Practices of the Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sani...

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The Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation is designed and implemented by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in West and Central Africa. The Programme supports governments in the formulation of evidence based and inclusive policies that address the fulfilment of women’s and girls’ human rights to water and sanitation. One of the approaches of the programme is the training of trainers’ workshop for government officers who will act as agents of change and play a catalytic role in transforming sanitation, health and education policies to include women’s and girls’ rights. Over the last few years, the interconnectivity of sanitation with other sectors has become more and more evident. To achieve sanitation and hygiene for all, everywhere, it is critical to collaborate with other sectors, to develop new tools, systems and mechanisms for the delivery of WASH services in schools, markets, work places, public spaces, etc. After two years of implementation, the Joint Programme has contributed to filling knowledge gaps on sanitation and hygiene for women and girls living in West and Central Africa.Bonnes pratiques du programme conjoint genre hygiène et assainissement: Le Programme Conjoint Genre, Hygiène et Assainissement a été conçu et est mis en oeuvre par le Conseil de concertation pour l’approvisionnement en eau et l’assainissement (WSSCC) et l’Entité des Nations Unies pour l’égalité des sexes et l’autonomisation des femmes (ONU Femmes) en Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre. Ce Programme appuie les gouvernements pour la formulation de politiques inclusives basées sur les résultats de la recherche, en faveur de l’exercice des droits humains des femmes et des filles à l’eau et à l’assainissement. Une des approches de ce programme est la formation des formateurs destinée prioritairement aux fonctionnaires gouvernementaux qui serviront d’agents de changement et qui joueront un rôle catalytique dans la transformation des politiques en matière d’assainissement, de santé et d’éducation pour y inclure les droits des femmes et des filles. Ces dernières années, l’interconnexion de l’assainissement avec les autres secteurs est devenue de plus en plus évidente. Pour que l’hygiène et l’assainissement concernent tout un chacun, partout, il est indispensable de collaborer avec d’autres secteurs et d’élaborer de nouveaux outils, systèmes et mécanismes qui apporteront les services WASH dans les écoles, sur les marchés, sur les lieux de travail, dans les lieux publics, etc Au bout de deux années de mise en œuvre, le Programme conjoint a contribué à combler les lacunes dans la connaissance de l’hygiène et de l’assainissement pour les femmes et les filles vivant en Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre.
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Information letter 8 – WSSCC/UN Women Joint Programme on Gender, ...

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Highlighting the main points and events since the beginning of this year (1 January), this information letter focuses on: responding to the situation of refugee women and girls in Cameroon and providing some recommendations; the Joint Programme featured at the 60th meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women through a side event on Achieving Gender Equality through WASH; the special focus of the Joint Programme on nomadic communities, refugee population and female genital mutilation through upcoming studies in three pilot countries; the review of the Yammer platform activities one year after its launch; the results of the trainers’ follow up survey; the first MHM Lab held in Niger this summer.Revenant sur les principaux points et évènements qui se sont déroulés depuis le début de l’année (janvier 2016), cette édition de la lettre d’information aborde les thèmes suivants : des recommandations afin de mieux répondre aux besoins des femmes et des filles réfugiées notamment au Cameroun ; le Programme Conjoint au niveau global à travers, entre autres, son évènement parallèle lors de la 60ème session de la Commission sur la Condition de la Femme (CSW); l’attention particulière portée par le Programme Conjoint sur les populations nomades, réfugiées ou excisées avec 3 prochaines études dans les pays pilotes; le bilan de l’activité de la plateforme Yammer des formateurs en GHM après une année d’existence ainsi que les résultats de l’enquête en ligne de suivi auprès des formateurs en GHM ; et enfin le premier Labo en GHM qui s’est tenu au Niger cet été.
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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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Joining Forces for Progress – Hygiene Matters Report 2016

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Through its Hygiene Matters initiative, SCA raises awareness of the connection between hygiene, health and wellbeing around the world. As part of this initiative, since 2008, SCA has conducted five surveys to gather insights about global hygiene perceptions, issues and behaviours to contribute to a knowledge-based public debate with the goal of strengthening the possibility of improved hygiene for people everywhere. This year’s Hygiene Matters Report, created in cooperation with WSSCC, aims to advance awareness among policy makers and key stakeholders by visualizing and quantifying the value of investments in hygiene, shedding light on forces that are hindering development and showcasing innovative solutions that are driving it forward.
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GSF partners in action: Boosting WASH for schools and communities...

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“In the past, pupils used to skip classes as well as get sick very often. Pupils who would come to school one day were usually not the same ones the next day. And again, some of the girl students approaching adolescence were mostly shy at school when menstruating since there was no proper structures to support them. As a result, many of them dropped out.” In the open defecation free (ODF) Traditional Authority of Mwadzama, a Plan International project under the GSF-supported programme in Malawi has boosted water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in schools. The project ensured the installation of boreholes and improved latrines, established school wash clubs and competitions, and supported community sanitation and hygiene campaigns. Since the start of the project school enrollment has also increased, which may be linked to project’s outputs.