WaterAid Nigeria has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with Christian Aid Nigeria and the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) to establish partnerships which will deepen its work mainstreaming water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH) and human development and strengthen its advocacy and influencing thrust in Nigeria. WaterAid's work empowering people to demand their right to WASH and hold their leaders accountable ties in very closely with CISLAC's vision of a Nigeria in which citizens are participating in governance; the government is safeguarding the rights and welfare of the people; and non-state actors are providing space for citizens to demand accountability. The two organisations plan to work together in the area of influencing and legislative advocacy on water and sanitation at local, state and federal levels in the country. This will include: Legislative advocacy to the National Assembly and policy makers to promote prioritization and funding for WASH service delivery Advocating for the passage of WASH related bills at the National Assembly. WaterAid's belief that improving access to safe WASH for everyone everywhere is the first step in helping people step out of poverty aligns with Christian Aid's vision to end poverty and contribute to a just, equitable Nigerian society in which poverty has been eradicated and every person is empowered to live life in all its fullness. Christian Aid's focus on improving health outcomes and WaterAid's efforts to integrate WASH and health programmes will drive the implementation of the partnership between the two organisations. Christian Aid will support WaterAid Nigeria with the integration of HIV/AIDS and community health into its programming in common states of implementation and together will influence and advocate for water, sanitation and health at local, state and federal levels in Nigeria. Christian Aid and WaterAid Nigeria together with civil society partners and relevant community leaders will collaborate to advocate for: WASH to be mainstreamed in HIV/AIDS programming at all levels Implementation of health and WASH policies at State, LGA and community levels Increased people participation in budgeting process at State and LGA levels Our work will also include delivery of WASH services such as the construction of water points and the implementation of Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) in vulnerable communities. WaterAid Nigeria will support Christian Aid partners in the formation and training of volunteers for school WASH hygiene promotion (including menstrual hygiene) and also provide technical assistance in piloting rope pump technology (where community members show willingness to fund) in Christian Aid's focal states. Christian Aid Country Manager, Charles Usie, said at the signing that "This is a significant partnership; joining our strengths in various areas of specialty together is a great step forward towards eradicating poverty and contributing to sustainable development for the poor and vulnerable in Nigeria."