An update from the Knowledge & Learning Manager
In this last quarter CSOs, partners and regional organisations came together at the Pacific Regional Learning Event in Suva. We know that water and sanitation coverage in the Pacific region has stagnated over the Millennium Development Goal period, with the latest JMP figures, highlighting great diversity across the Pacific and inequality between rural and urban areas. Fund activities are underway in PNG and Solomon Islands where open defecation is a norm for many (PNG 40%; SI 19%) and Fiji and Vanuatu where, whilst toilets may exist, many are unimproved, shared, leaky and posing a public health risk.
Moving into the era of the Sustainable Development Goals, our focus is on far more than coverage, with total sanitation, equity and linking WASH and water security high on the agenda. The Pacific event touched on these topics with the discussion continuing as you’ll read below.
As the year draws to a close I encourage you to find that last burst of energy and submit an application to the Civil Society Innovation Award, the winner of which will be shared at the WASH Futures 2016 Conference.
On behalf of the Fund Management Facility, best wishes for a great festive and holiday season. We're looking forward to working with you in 2016!
Bronwyn Powell, Knowledge and Learning Manager