ANEW to track progress on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Commitments with Civil Society Organizations in East AfricaANEW, a regional networking body of African CSOs dedicated to ensuring that the diverse voices of African CSOs on water and sanitation are represented and heard in the development and implementation of WASH plans and policies; committed to build capacity of East African CSOs through peer to peer learning after the East African Civil Society Forum on ‘tracking progress on WASH commitments’ organized in Kampala from 16 to 18 April 2013.
From April 16 th to 18 th , 2013, the East African Civil Society Organizations Forum on ‘tracking Progress on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Commitments’ was held in Kampala, Uganda with an assistance of over 47 civil society representatives from Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi, Ghana, South Sudan, Tanzania, UK and Switzerland. This Forum organized by ANEW, WSSCC, UWASNET, SWA, WaterAid and EWP aimed at:
Tracking progress on commitments made by Government leaders during the High Level Meeting (HLM) held in Washington DC in 2012 to ensure water and sanitation for all in the region and
Reinforcing the capacity of East African WASH civil society networks and organizations to influence national and regional policy to improve access to WASH.
In order to move forward and improve the tracking of process on WASH commitments in East Africa, the CSOs committed to engage and support ANEW which was requested to support the CSOs, key partners to monitor progress and implement commitments, by undertaking the following activities:
Support the peer to peer learning
Target support to lift CSOs networks that are not doing well
Provide capacity building in communication for countries that lack communication strategy
Follow-up the CSOs network in the selection of their focal persons in order to enable performance measurements of the CSOs network
Continue to communicate effectively with the National Focal Points
- Assist in the process of National Level Action Planning
- Review plans earlier submitted by national networks
For more information download the programme of the CSO Forum and watch videos here. The full report will be posted on the website by end of May 2013 or as soon as it is finalized.
By Balkissa Idé Siddo, Bilingual Communications and Information Officer of ANEW, the African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation (ANEW)
Updated on 11 May 2013