Below are the key highlights of what WaterAid staff will be presenting:
- WaterAid UK’s Louisa Gosling, Quality Programmes Manager, and Jane Wilbur, Equality, Inclusion and Rights Advisor, will lead on the theme of equality, non-discrimination and inclusion. WaterAid, WASH United and other partners have prepared new guidance for local government officials and community to make clean water and sanitation a reality for everyone. They will launch this guidance at the forum – it will provide an opportunity to share and help to dispel the myths around human rights in WASH.
- Jane Wilbur will present a paper co-authored with Chelsea Huggett (Regional Programmes Manager at WaterAid Australia) and Ray Norman (World Vision). In 2015 the RWSN’s Equality, Non-discrimination and Inclusion theme meant the inclusion of e-discussions and webinars on ‘Reducing Inequalities in WASH’. These covered: practical approaches to improve participation of everyone; inclusive infrastructure designs; and information, guidance and support in regards to addressing inequalities. Disability, gender, menstrual hygiene management, rights to water and sanitation, and school WASH were covered, with experiences shared from West, East, and Southern Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Central America. This report synthesises the online discussions, captures practical tools, draws on relevant content from the webinars, and highlights experiences and lessons learned.
- Edith Veromaminiaina, Research Officer from WaterAid Madagascar is presenting a paper on WaterAid Madagascar’s experience of working with the national platform for persons with disabilities to support their advocacy for rights to WASH.
- Shahrukh Mirza, Strategic Support Specialist- Programmes from WaterAid Bangladesh is presenting on the experience of using a rights based approach to strengthen demand for WASH services and greater accountability by the local government.
- Issaka Ouedraogo, Rural Programme Manager from WaterAid Burkina Faso is presenting the country’s experience of using the opportunity of social uprising to raise water and sanitation as rights into the country’s new constitution.
Many other organisations have also contributed papers under this theme so we expect to come out of the conference with some strong recommendations for the sector on how to reach those who are still left behind.
- WaterAid, WASH United and other partners have prepared new guidance about the Human rights to water and sanitation. This guidance is specifically aimed at local government officials who have the responsibility for ensuring water and sanitation services reach everyone They will launch this guidance at the forum – it will provide an opportunity to dispel some of the myths around human rights in WASH and show how human rights can provide a practical framework for practice and advocacy – helping to focus on reaching the most marginalised whilst promoting more accountable services.
- Jacinta Nekesa, Head of Integrated WASH at WaterAid Uganda, will present a paper on the corrosion of hand pump components, and also present WaterAid Uganda’s experience of sand dams.
- Joshua Briemberg, Country Representative, WaterAid Nicaragua, will present on delivering sustainable services in difficult environments drawing on experience from Nicaragua. He will also talk about use of WASHTech technology applicability framework (TAF) in Nicaragua and Colombia. TAF is a decision support tool on the applicability, scalability, and sustainability of a specific WASH technology to provide lasting services in a specific context, and on the readiness for its introduction.
- Vincent Casey, Technical Support Manager for Water Security at WaterAid UK, will also share experience of using WASHTech in different countries where WaterAid works. We will also be promoting the videos produced in collaboration with RWSN on higher standards of drilling.
- WaterAid is also co-leading on the theme of mapping and monitoring. As part of this, Ellen Greggio, Programme Advisor for Mapping and Monitoring will present key lessons from WaterAid’s past experiences in supporting district-level water services monitoring and mapping. We will also present discussion opportunities for WaterAid and other sector stakeholders to address the key challenges and bottlenecks of country-led monitoring processes. Key among these are district government access and use of information, and the availability of human and financial resources for regular data collection. These emerged from a recent review by WaterAid country programmes, and inform our work priorities.
We will share some examples of ongoing projects in Rwanda and Burkina Faso, where WaterAid is testing some sustainable simple data collection processes that will support evidence-based decision-making and intervention prioritisation for the future. We will also share the new development around WaterAid’s water point mapper and integration of mWater technology, the mobile data collection and analysis platform, for meaningful maps generation.
- We will also make a poster presentation on WaterAid’s approach to post-implementation monitoring surveys (PIMS), giving a brief overview of WaterAid’s journey so far with PIMS. In the past year, WaterAid has reviewed the indicators and questions used in post-implementation monitoring, to integrate sector best practice and learning and enable standardisation across our country programmes. The poster will summarise our partnership with mWater.
At the forum, we will be exhibiting mWater, our WASH stats platform WASHwatch, and our virtual reality documentary film ‘After Shock’, which presents the challenges faced by villagers in restoring access to water in the aftermath of earthquakes in Nepal in 2015.