Wednesday, 29 August 2012

All unite to bring an end to the water and sanitation crisis – SWA Update

Four months after the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) High Level Meeting (HLM) in Washington, which brought together an unprecedented number of government ministers to find solutions to end the water and sanitation crisis, the Partnership is still at the forefront of discussions in the WASH sector.

Stockholm World Water Week is no exception with an SWA session entitled Global Decision Makers Unite on WASH taking centre stage on the opening day of the conference.   In front of a packed audience the session contained a stellar cast of panellists including Baker Yiga, the ANEW executive secretary, ensuring the voice of civil society was well represented to address the critical question of how to sustain political engagement from leaders to capitalise on political opportunities and ensure WASH commitments are followed through.

Inspiring ideas and thoughts were shared on how best to use SWA partners’ expertise and resources to help countries accelerate their delivery of safe water and sanitation and these are well summarised in the blog Looking back, looking forward, shifting gears by SWA Vice Chair Darren Saywell. You can view a recording of the session here and access the session’s presentations here.

This week also saw the dissemination of the much anticipated summary of the SWA HLM 2012 commitments that demonstrated a total of 400 commitments were made by governments, donors, civil society and others, which in turn will lead to 300 million additional sanitation facilities, and 200 million additional water points.   This should strengthen civil society organisations’ resolve, through the Keep Your Promises campaign, to monitor these commitments and ensure governments do indeed deliver these services.

In addition, civil society’s key role in the SWA partnership was brought to the fore in the first Partnership Newsletter (also in French), through an interview with Mubu Kalaluka of the Zambia NGO WASH Forum and chair of the EWP Steering Committee.  Read the article and get inspired by how Zambian Civil Society is keeping the pressure on their government to fulfil their promises to bring water and sanitation to the Zambian population.

And don’t miss out on the opportunity to help shape the future of this evolving partnership by inputting in the soon-to-be developed thematic papers in the run-up to the SWA Partnership Meeting, 12-14 November 2012, Johannesburg, South Africa. Watch this space!

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