Congratulations to WaterAid Cambodia - Winner of the 2018 Civil Society Innovation Award for their inclusive handwashing video

WaterAid Cambodia was presented with the 2018 Civil Society Innovation Award at the WASH Futures 2018 Conference last night in Brisbane for their creative promotion of inclusive hygiene and handwashing with soap messaging in the music video ‘WASH It!’. The video is a collaboration between WaterAid Cambodia and Epic Arts and is produced by a group of original artists with a disability. 

The selection panel loved the WaterAid WASH It! music video and commended WaterAid Cambodia on providing a clear, well-targeted handwashing with soap message in an appealing and fun way  that also promotes inclusion. You can watch WaterAid Cambodia’s ‘WASH It!’ video here. 

The WaterAid Cambodia team had two clear messages they wanted to convey through the video: (1) washing hands with soap makes you look cool among your peers, and (2) people with disabilities can be rock stars – they have the same creativity and potential as everyone else. You can read more about the team’s reflections on the video development here. 

The Award was announced during the WASH Futures Conference Dinner, Tuesday 6 March and was presented by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and CS WASH Fund. 

Second place was awarded to iDE for their submission on Systems Based Approach to Sanitation. The panel agreed that systems-based approaches are good practice in the WASH sector and that iDE’s work showed innovation in multiple areas of the system, with human-centred design a particularly important feature. The reach of their work to 250,000 people also shows the potential for impact at scale and their proposal to use the prize money to undertake pilots in disaster risk reduction and faecal sludge management shows a desire to further innovate. Watch the video here. 

The second runner up was Improve International with their submission on the Donor scorecard – encouraging follow-up and sharing results to keep the water flowing. The panel felt that the donor scorecard demonstrated a new and thought-provoking innovation. Holding donors to account, and being able to compare the sustainability of interventions would be interesting to the sector and donors themselves (including DFAT). The idea is at the concept stage, and could be challenging to resource, implement and source data for; nonetheless, the panel agreed that granting it recognition would help in exploring how, and if, it could be implemented and also spark debate. Watch the video here. 

The purpose of the award is to highlight and showcase the innovative work of CSOs/NGOs in improving WASH service delivery and sustainability. The Civil Society Innovation Award is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Civil Society WASH Fund Management Facility.  

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