Key note address from the Global Learning and Reflection Event - key points and recommended resources

Official Group Photo at Global Learning and Reflection Event

The Civil Society WASH Fund Global Learning and Reflection Event (GLARE) included a key note address from Juliet Willetts, Associate Professor and Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney, Australia. In line with the Fund objective to build on existing evidence and share lessons with the broader WASH sector, Juliet also developed a short handout suitable for WASH practitioners who did not attend the event. 

The handout, titled “The search for sustainability: are we moving in the right direction?  Key points and resources to support sustainable outcomes from Civil Society WASH Programs,” is available here.  A short video of Juliet summarising her key note address is here. She drew attention to the evidence of ‘slippage’ that can follow initial results, and highlighted the need to work with government, private sector and communities to sustain changes, particularly in the face of additional challenges such as climate change.  

Juliet Willetts leads applied research to inform development policy and practice and is a recognised expert in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. Her work also makes contributions to gender equality, civil society role in development, monitoring, evaluation and development effectiveness more broadly.

Over 90 participants attended the GLARE from all 29 Fund projects and 13 organisations. Participants included representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and national governments. The objective was to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of WASH projects within the Fund, as well as to build relationships for future collaboration and sharing.  The event was held in Melbourne, Australia from 24-27 November 2014.