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Welcome to the "partner perspectives" section where SWA partners can share news, experiences and insights.

  • WASH Inequalities Among Minority Groups in Wealthy Countries

    23 Dec 2019 in Partner Perspective Categories
    by Par Clarissa Brocklehurst, Editor, WaSH Policy Digest published by the Water Institute at UNC

    In December 2019, the Water Institute at University of North Carolina (UNC) published its 14th WaSH Policy Research Digest, entitled 'WaSH inequalities persist in vulnerable minority groups in wealthy countries'. In this, we addressed a perplexing yet critical challenge in trying to reach universal access to safe drinking water and…

  • Menstrual hygiene inextricably linked to human rights to water and sanitation

    19 Dec 2019 in Partner Perspective Categories
    by Par Karanja Daniel, WSSCC Member and Founding Director, COSEDI, Kenya

      Gender-based inequalities such as lack of access to menstrual hygiene become worse when they are connected with other types of discrimination such as disability. According to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), “persons with disabilities include those who have long term physical, mental, intellectual…

  • Human Rights to water and sanitation is the biggest challenge for all of us

    18 Dec 2019 in Partner Perspective Categories
    by Par Neil Dhot, Executive Director, Aquafed and Steering Committee Representative for Private Sector Constituency in SWA

      Sanitation and Water for All’s end of year focus on the human rights to water is a timely reminder of the biggest reason we all work in this sector and our biggest challenge– so it’s a great rallying call to all of us for 2020. SWA’s private sector partners…

  • Five ways SWA promotes integrity

    10 Dec 2019 in News Categories
    by Par Virginia Roaf

      What exactly is integrity, why is it important, and what are we doing to promote it? Integrity requires that we go a step beyond addressing corruption to ensuring that we all adhere to the governance principles of transparency, accountability and participation in order to achieve equitable, pro-poor, inclusive decision-making…

  • Nigeria’s ODF push: How is private sector supporting Government’s campaign

    13 Nov 2019 in Partner Perspective Categories
    by Par Nicholas Igwe, Directeur Général, Zenith Water Projects et représentant du comité directeur pour le secteur privé au sein de SWA

      The private sector in Nigeria has come together to launch one of its kind initiative, called ‘Organized Private Sector in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene’ (OPSWASH) to support the Government of Nigeria’s campaign to end open defecation by 2025. “Through the creation of OPSWASH, there now exists one body with…

  • Is Corruption Killing Pushpa’s Dream? 

    30 Oct 2019 in Sector News
    by Par Barbara schreiner, Executive Director, Water Integrity Network 

      Globally, in 2017, 2 billion people lacked even a basic sanitation service and 673 million people world-wide still practiced open defecation. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines sanitation as access to and use of facilities and services for the safe disposal of human urine and faeces. A safe sanitation system is a system designed and used to separate human…

  • Water and Sanitation: Agony of being a woman with disability

    18 Oct 2019 in Partner Perspective Categories
    by Par Saima Ashraf, Présidente, Able Plus Welfare Organisation et ambassadrice de bonne volonté pour l'UNICEF

      Let me make an attempt to speak on behalf of all those women with disabilities who are disproportionately affected by the lack of safely managed water and sanitation- the ones who don’t even have a say- the ones who are left behind. I would be doing so by sharing…

  • Bringing the private sector to the table: the question is not if but how they should be involved

    18 Oct 2019 in Partner Perspective Categories
    by Par Patrick Moriarty, PDG, IRC WASH et Président du comité directeur de SWA

      As much as any other constituency it requires clear agreements and rules of the game to engage effectively. That's why it's essential the private sector plays a full role within Sanitation and Water for All. A couple of weeks ago, I spent an interesting afternoon in Paris at the…

  • Include men and boys in menstrual hygiene to reduce gender inequalities

    8 Oct 2019 in Partner Perspective Categories
    by Par Karanja Daniel, Ambassadeur pour MHM et membre du WSSCC

    The Sustainable Development Goal 6 ensures the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, with target 6.2 unpacking sanitation and hygiene needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations. But, what are these needs? do men and boys have roles to play regarding these needs?…

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