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Pacific Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Programme

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The overall goal of the Pacific WASH programme is to improve the lives of Pacific Island people by helping to increase access to water resources and sanitation through improved management of water resources and the development of adequate and sustainable water supply, improved facilities and hygienic practices for all. The WASH programme was officially established in early 2005 to support and reinforce the MDG goals and targets on water and sanitation.

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WASH Integration to enhance Food Security

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In Ghana, Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, CARE and Winrock will seek to establish links between food security and WASH, and then use learning to identify opportunities for integrating WASH and MUS within existing food security initiatives. In Ghanan and Mali, In Ghana and Mali, CARE and Winrock will coordinate with UNICEF being a lead learning and convening organization in these two countries. 

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Capacity Building of Local/National WASH NGOs/CBOs in Africa (Cap-WASH Program)

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The primary goal of the Capacity Building of Local/National WASH NGOs/CBOs inAfrica(Cap-WASH) Program is to support capacity building and knowledge management for African local/national WASH NGOs/CBOs. We are working to accomplish this by: (i) conducting a review of existing networks for African WASH NGOs/CBOs at the regional or sub-regional level, as well as resources/platforms created to support them through capacity building and knowledge management services, (ii) identifying an appropriate niche for USAID support to African NGO/CBO capacity building and/or knowledge management, and (iii)  implementing cost-effective interventions to support African WASH NGOs/CBOs and increase their ability to design and implement sustainable WASH service programs.

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Peer Water eXchange (PWX) is the WASH sector’s global exchange – to select, fund, manage, and assess impact of all WASH projects.

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The Peer Water Exchange (PWX) is an innovative online water and sanitation platform developed by Blue Planet Network (BPN). PWX uses the model of distributed networks and Web 2.0 social networking technologies (standardization, openness, peer-to-peer, crowd-sourcing, data-driven, etc.) and has connected  WASH groups worldwide to address these obstacles. This growing network fosters collaboration, improves water project implementers’ abilities and project sustainability, enables funders to make smarter investment decisions at lower costs, and creates an open water clearinghouse to improve the quality of all efforts.

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MASS MEDIA AS A TOOL OF SOLVING WASH CHALLENGES OF THE URBAN AND RURAL POOR

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The crisis of lack of access to Water and Sanitation services, affects the poor most. Poor people residing in rural areas and especially in urban slums do not have access and public and private servie providers do not have plans to deliver services to poor areas.

Policy makers are seldom aware of the challenges being faced by the poor in accessing services, mainly because the voices of the poor are rarely heard in debates on problems and solutions on water issues.

To address this problem, WASH Journalists in the West Africa region where about 300million people lack access to WASH services, formed a regional network with the strategic objective of amplifying the voices of poor people on WASH issues and increase visibility of lack of access of the region’s poor to water and sanitation services, and generate discussions on practical, low cost, and people centred programmes to resolve this challenge.

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SMART Centres providing essential support services for mainstreaming WASH self supply in Africa

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Connect International together with other organizations will introduce ‘SMART Centres’ in 4 to 6 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. SMART Centres will provide the ‘essential support services’ needed to sustain and mainstream WASH self supply in the involved countries (e.g. advocacy, awareness creation, capacity building, help desk and emergency assistance to/among intermediate target groups, provision of management information software systems, start capital for finance institutes for low cost WASH self supply credits)

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Project Reach’- Reaching the Urban Poor with Water Supply and Sanitation services

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The EU-financed Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme, Anambra State Technical Unit on October 21, 2009 signed a grant contract with the Bread of Life Development Foundation for the implementation of a project titled: ‘Project Reach’- Reaching the Urban Poor with Water Supply and Sanitation services’.

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To contribute to poverty reduction in Pakistan through the achievement of water and sanitation MDGs

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Improved governance and targeting the poor and vulnerable. Both parameters are crucial for poverty reduction as according to the PRSP, without governance reforms, the enormous task of reviving growth and reducing poverty cannot be addressed. Rising poverty has in part been linked to failure of governance institutions in Pakistan. This project was launched in January 2011 and during its 3 years duration it will support CSO capacity building which will in turn lead to broader civil participation in governance and decision making, ensure equity in the distribution of resources and ultimately bridge the existing gap between citizens and the State. To achieve this, the project interventions will strengthen CSOs organizational effectiveness and those of other actors like LG and communities by investing in planning, capacity building, institutional development, change management and learning.

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Health and Wholeness: Broadening Conceptual Frontiers of Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH)

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Broadening conceptual frontiers of WASH entails looking beyond hydrological and biomedical dimensions and up-scaling the stakeholder base.  Health and Wholeness is a mandatory foundation course at Uganda Christian University for all first year students, to introduce basic concepts of health. Three of the 13 units are centered on WASH.  It was a dynamic response to the high incidences of health complications that could be avoided through improved knowledge, practices and attitudes.

Uganda is still far from reaching the Millennium Development Goal 7 target 10; which focuses on increased access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Despite the fact that over 75% of Uganda’s disease burden is considered to be preventable (GOU-UNICEF 2006-2010), a number of communities in Uganda are still vulnerable to WASH related hazards.

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A child-focused partnership for achieving WASH behavior change in Tajikistan.

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Boys and girls in the poorest and most remote regions of Tajikistan have seen substantial improvements to their health, schools, and communities through a partnership between GlaxoSmithKline and Save the Children. Focusing on hygiene education, sanitation improvements, and community involvement, the collaboration has produced dramatic positive change in children’s health status and health behaviors. This partnership has established an ongoing process that will sustain the project’s impact well into the future.

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