WASH-Net’s mission is to contribute to the development of Sierra-Leone by supporting the poor and marginalized groups to access safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene as a human right, engage government and other stakeholders to ensure that these services are delivered effectively to all. We will do this by advocating for increasing numbers of poor households and vulnerable groups to be able to enjoy the benefits of safe water and sanitation services for domestic and productive use that is reducing poverty.
WaSH-Net Sierra Leone aims at promoting multi-stakeholder processes at the national, district and regional levels, pioneering joint actions and learning to address water, sanitation and sanitation issues and at the same time providing policy options that will adequately represent the interest and demands of the communities as far as sanitation and water resources are concerned.
The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Network of Sierra Leone (WASH-Net Sierra Leone) is an independent national platform which seeks to ensure that the diverse voices of citizens with respect to WASH are represented and heard in the development and implementation of sector related plans and policies.
Registered with the Government of Sierra Leone and the Sierra Leone Association of Non-Governmental Organizations, WASH-Net is the leading national alliance of civil society organizations (non-state actors) in Sierra Leone with the desire of joining existing platforms in addressing the critical barriers to achieving universal and sustainable sanitation and drinking water for all. These barriers include insufficient political prioritization, weak sector capacity to develop and implement effective plans and strategies, coupled with inadequate investments to place WASH at the heart of national development agenda.
At WASH-Net Sierra Leone, we build the capacities of citizens and their institutions by providing the needed tools that enables them to effectively engage in order to demand fulfillment of promises, accountability and effective delivery of WASH services for a desperate situation.
The absence of a clear mechanism for channeling citizen’s voices disseminating these growing challenges makes it difficult to use “on-the-ground realities” to influence change in the sector and provide workable alternatives. This formed part of the growing concerns among CSOs for a unified voice, capable of mobilizing sector actors for actions that are non-confrontational but capable of resolving some burning WASH sector challenges. Giving the NGOs one voice for advocacy and lobbying has been one major benefit to the coalition.
WASH-Net’s approach in drive is to enhance and facilitate a multi-stakeholder process across the sector, engender and promote knowledge, identify opportunities for intervention and foster learning and joint action.