Ensuring vs providing safely managed sanitation services for all: roles for government and CSOs

Hosted by the Civil Society WASH Fund, this webinar focused on the dual roles of government in ensuring and providing sanitation services, particularly for communities moving from improved to safely managed sanitation. It also considered how Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) can work to support government perform these roles. Presenters included Mark Ellery, Topic Expert for the South Asia Regional Learning Event, and representatives from SNV Bhutan and Plan Pakistan. 

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Ensuring vs providing safely managed sanitation services for all: roles for government and CSOs 

This webinar focused on the role of government in ensuring versus providing safely managed sanitation, and how Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) can work to support government perform these two different roles. The webinar addresses the question, “What is the priority role of government in moving beyond ODF towards the SDGs?”

The webinar included two case studies on the different responses from CSOs to sanitation challenges in the South Asia Region.

  • Plan Pakistan is strengthening systems and capacity to implement the Pakistan Approach to Total Sanitation (PATS) in conjunction with the Provincial government. PATS is a government led approach for behaviour change within local governments and their committees, schools and health workers, masons and sanitation entrepreneurs, communities and households to eliminate open defecation, promote the use of  improved sanitation for all and achieve total sanitation.
  • SNV Bhutan is implementing the Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for All (SSH4A) to accelerate progress in sanitation and hygiene by strengthening professional and organisational capacity of national and local governments, private sector and other stakeholders to deliver sustainable services.  Decades ago Bhutan could report low incidences of OD but still had one of the highest stunting rates in the region. SNV Bhutan has worked with the Ministry of Health’s Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Programme and other stakeholders to increase support for sanitation.

Both are projects supported by the DFAT’s Civil Society Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Fund. 

These examples were preceded by a presentation from Mark Ellery on the institutional principles that public policy suggests should underpin the achievement of Open Defecation Free (ODF) status and the move towards the SDGs and safely managed sanitation for all. Drawing on the World Development Report, 2004 (“Making Services Work for Poor People”) this presentation will seek to assist CSOs to distinguish between the different roles played by government either through short or long routes of accountability. This should enable CSOs to tailor their responses to different contexts in working with government to move beyond ODF toward safely managed sanitation for all.

This webinar builds on the conversation started with our recent e-discussion as part of the South Asia Regional Learning Event.

The webinar includes:

1. Introduction 

2. What we can learn from achieving ODF status to address the SDGs? Mark Ellery, Topic Expert South Asia Regional Learning Event / World Bank

3. Strengthening systems and capacity to implement the Pakistan Approach to Total Sanitation (PATS). Muhammad Asim Saleem, Plan Pakistan

4. Towards a national rural Sanitation and Hygiene programme – re-prioritising sanitation in Bhutan. Gabrielle Halcrow and Ugyen Rinzin, SNV Bhutan.

5. Question and answer session.

 

 

Organisation Date & time Duration Target audience Link Topic Region
Organisation CS WASH Fund Date & time Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 15:00 (AEST) Duration 1 hrs Target audience Link Topic Enabling Environment Region South and West Asia

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