WASH-Net Sierra Leone

Enhancing and facilitating a multi-stakeholder process that involves various actors across the sector, engender and promote knowledge, identify opportunities for intervention and foster learning and joint action.

Enhancing and facilitating a multi-stakeholder process that involves various actors across the sector, engender and promote knowledge, identify opportunities for intervention and foster learning and joint action.

WASH-Net Sierra Leone - Enhancing and facilitating a multi-stakeholder process that involves various actors across the sector, engender and promote knowledge, identify opportunities for intervention and foster learning and joint action.

The World Walks for Water and Sanitation 2012 – Become part of a global movement!

Between 17 to 25 March 2012, thousands of people across the globe will walk together to demand action to end the sanitation and water crisis.

Millions of people have to walk great distances each day to collect water. And more than one in three human beings lack a clean and private toilet. Unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation means a huge human and economic cost such as premature death of small children, girls missing out on school and families spending their income to medical bills. In addition, women often trapped in unsafe and shameful situations.

Earlier this year, an amazing 350,000 people in more than 75 different countries from around the world joined the World Walks for Water campaign to demand that politicians in the North and South keep their promises and step up their efforts to protect the right to water and sanitation for all people.  We took their voices to the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries in May 2011 and this directly resulted in strong and ambitious sanitation targets being included in the Istanbul Programme of Action. And there were great national successes too! Following the campaign, Nepal’s sanitation budget was tripled and Germany took decisive action by agreeing to join the Sanitation and Water for All partnership.

This year, the timing of the World Walks for Water and Sanitation event is crucial – just one month after this mass global action, world leaders will gather in Washington DC at the Sanitation and Water for All second High-Level Meeting to discuss what they’re going to do to tackle the crisis claiming 4000 children’s lives every day. And it’s up to us to make sure they know that the world expects action. It is really important that your Development or Finance Minister attends this meeting – and you can take the opportunity of your ‘Walk’ to invite them to attend and demand that they commit to increasing provision to get water and sanitation to the world’s poorest communities.

How can you get involved?

Between 17th to 25th March 2012, thousands of people across the globe will walk together to demand action to end the sanitation and water crisis. Whether you’re a university, school, youth group, NGO, Civil Society Organisation or company – whoever you are, wherever you are, you can get involved!

Your walk can take place anywhere with any amount of people and be of any length – it’s easy!  Dress up as taps and toilets, dance, sing, invite celebrities and politicians – whatever you do, make sure you have as much fun as possible!

Invite politicians to walk with you or deliver a petition or invitation to the High-Level Meeting to their offices- it’s up to you but remember this is about political action and applying pressure on decision makers.

To find out more about how you can get started and organise your Walk for Water and Sanitation, take a look at our brand new campaign toolkit. It’s packed full of information, ideas and tips for how to make your walk a success and have the biggest political impact possible.

Again, a key moment in achieving this is the second Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting taking place in April 2012. This is where the Finance ministers from the Global North and South will meet to act upon the water and sanitation crisis. By acting together, in our thousands, all over the world, we can make governments take the actions needed to ensure clean water and sanitation for all.

We need you to get involved and make a stand! Visit: http://www.worldwalksforwater.org/eng to find out more and to sign up to take part.

Good Dignity Practices for Gross Domestic Product

Good Dignity Practices for Gross Domestic Product, or “GDP for GDP”, is a new WSSCC Global WASH Campaign that tries to help in advocating for sanitation and hygiene investments by providing us (the campaigners) with tools such as the following poster:

“Any actions taken to improve sanitation and hygiene – from building a toilet to teaching children to wash their hands with soap – are Good Dignity Practices. These bring economic benefits and improve dignity. Find out how you can become involved in GDP for GDP and help turn shit into gold.”
To find out more about this campaign and why the Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) decided to come up with this one (after a very successful in 2001), please head over to the campaign’s website and have a look at this brilliant campaign material!

WASH Manifesto Campaign Kicks Off with Political Parties

Placing WASH at the heart Political Parties’ Manifestos and national development agenda”

 The target of Millennium Development Goal 7 calls to “halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation”.

On 28 July 2010 the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution A/RES/64/292 declared safe and clean drinking water and sanitation a human right essential to the full enjoyment of life and all other human rights.

 The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Network of Sierra Leone in collaboration with WaterAid is embarking on engaging key political parties in Sierra Leone to include WASH in their various campaign manifestos for the 2012 presidential and parliamentary elections onward.

This initiative came up during the WaterAid Partners Planning Workshop in Monrovia, Liberia which took place from 8th-10th June 2011. It was a welcomed idea by other partners that were present with the strong belief that much will be gained through earlier engagement with politicians before they assume governance seat.

Considering the many international instruments our governments have signed up to, less have been achieved so far as CSOs on the frontlines of WASH advocacy we want to ensure constant and constructive engagement at that initial stage of campaigning that allows wider public debate through open forums and effective media campaigns.

As the two countries (Sierra Leone and Liberia) are in their countdown period to presidential and parliamentary elections, the ardent need for this campaign was very clear through the many supports it solicited by the civil society organizations and service providers that were at the workshop. As we continue shaping campaign plans and strategies, we are very well cognizant of the many challenges that lie ahead in terms of accessing the various political parties.

Through this campaign, WASH-Net Sierra Leone want to continue ensuring that policies are translated into real actions that directly impact on the lives of the poor and marginalized who are faced with the daily dilemma of inaccessibility to safe, clean water and affordable sanitation facilities.

The campaign is important towards ensuring access to water and sanitation as human rights constitute an important step towards making it a reality for everyone. It means that:

  • Access to safe water and basic sanitation is a legal entitlement, rather than a commodity, privilege or service provided on a charitable basis;
  • Communities and vulnerable groups will be empowered to constantly remind their elected representatives and monitor promises at local and national levels;
  • Achieving basic and improved levels of access should be accelerated to meet the needs of groups and communities mostly in need;