Fund Learning and Reflection Event brings CSOs and partners together to share lessons

Next week over 120 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practitioners from non-governmental organisations (NGOs), governments and donors will gather in Brisbane for the final Civil Society WASH Fund Learning and Reflection Event (FLARE). The CS WASH Fund is hosting participants from nineteen countries across Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Pacific to learn from each other and improve aid effectiveness.                                                  

The learning event will focus on priority themes within the WASH sector that include:

  • Gender and social inclusion – which is a key priority that has been identified within the SDG targets
  • Hygiene and sanitation behaviour change – which remains a major challenge to ensure health outcomes are achieved
  • Strengthening WASH governance systems – to ensure that WASH service improvements are sustained

These topics have been explored in depth throughout the life of the Fund and the FLARE is an opportunity for NGOs to share project experiences and consolidate knowledge.

This learning event, the final of six held over four years, aims to capture and share project achievements and lessons to build the WASH evidence base informing future activities. Providing a forum to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and learning with the wider WASH sector is important to improve the quality of work.

The Civil Society WASH Fund is Australia’s flagship WASH investment and has been more successful than expected in achieving its aim of improving the health and quality of life of vulnerable people and communities by increasing access to safe water and sanitation. Some of the impressive results include Fund-wide performance in sanitation and hygiene include:

  • The Fund has already exceeded its sanitation targets and is projected to provide access to improved sanitation to over 2.8 million people, 60 per cent more than originally planned.
  • 2.3 million people have increased knowledge of hygiene practices.

While acknowledging this success, the FLARE is a chance to explore why results and progress has varied across geographies and explore the richnesss of learning, experiences and resources across the CSO partners involved.  “Bringing people together to learn from one another improves the sustainability and reach of Australia’s investments in improving WASH services,’ said Bronwyn Powell, Knowledge and Learning Manager of the Civil Society WASH Fund 

Background

The Fund Learning and Reflection Event (FLARE) is an internal event of the Australian aid program’s Civil Society Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Fund. The FLARE will include 120 representatives from the 29 water, sanitation and hygiene projects. Representatives from the 13 civil society organisations delivering Fund projects in Southern Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific will be in attendance. It will be held in at the Novotel, Brisbane, on 1 - 4 August 2017.

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