Friday, 18 March 2011

SWA Update

Fleur Anderson shares latest news from the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) partnership...

End Water Poverty successfully campaigned for a global process to champion the cause of water and sanitation, to coordinate the funding of national sanitation and water plans, and to monitor the progress of actions on the ground to get sanitation and water to everyone.

The result of the campaign is the Sanitation and Water for All partnership which is an international agreement between governments in the North and the South, the big donors organizations and civil society organizations to work together. It is a group of powerful people championing the case, based on really good evidence of where the need is greatest, one means of coordinating funding better, and one body of people influential enough to check the progress of national plans.

After massive pressure from people all over the world the partnership was launched in Washington DC in April 2010 with a meeting of worldwide leaders and politicians who came with pledges for action on water and sanitation.

The partnership is now continuing to work together to get the evidence needed to decide how the big money should be spent better, to promote water and sanitation at the highest levels, and to keep checking on progress.

The new steering committee is now up and running and comprises:

Developing Countries – African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), Ghana, Kenya, Pakistan, South Africa, and Uganda

Donors – Netherlands (DGIS), Switzerland (SDC) and United Kingdom (DFID)

Multilaterals – Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) and Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)

Banks – African Development Bank

Civil Society – African Civil Society Network (ANEW), End Water Poverty (EWP) and Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA)

Sector Partners – International Water Association (IWA) and Water Aid.

This year the Sanitation and Water for All partnership will be showcasing its work all around the world! We'll be with them at international events such as the Asian and African sanitation conferences, SACOSAN and AfricaSan, the UN Least Developed Country Conference, World Water Week, and the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. It's going to be quite a year!

In developing countries the work of starting and improving on national plans continues, and the Sanitation and Water for All partnership will be the forum for the donor governments and Southern governments to work together to make sure that ‘no national credible plan fails for lack of finance’. This will all come together in the next High-Level Meeting of the partnership in April 2012, when again civil society will be hoping that governments will step up to the challenge, make good on their promises and show how we take the real steps of policy change which will dramatically improve the delivery of urban and rural sanitation and water services for everyone, everywhere.

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