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This Civil Society (CS) WASH Fund Newsletter aims to keep you up to date with what is happening in the Fund, the broader WASH sector and to share useful material. If you have any good news stories, feedback, useful references or tools to share, please send them to

  Knowledge & Learning Quarterly Update

December 2015

In this edition ...

Photocredit: FotoFusion Fiji
Bronwyn Powell, Ross Kidd and Krissy Nicholson - 
co-facilitation team at PARLE
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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

    Fund news 

Everyone say ‘Shit’!
The Pacific Regional Learning Event

Approximately 90 WASH practitioners from five Pacific countries met in Suva, Fiji to share experiences on hygiene and sanitation and explore how to best deliver sustainable WASH services in the region (17-20 November 2015).  The occasion? The CS WASH Fund Pacific Regional Learning Event (PARLE).  ‘Everyone say Shit!’ was the catch-cry as we took a group photo: using the word ‘shit’ was clearly confronting a taboo for some participants. The group included CSOs working on Fund projects, government representatives and partners from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu.

Participants enjoyed a diverse four-day learning program with presentations by key dignitaries and specialists, thematic discussions, workshop sessions and field trips to local informal communities and schools.

Some highlights of the event included:
  • A huge interest in Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM), exploring Pacific taboos on the issue and identifying strategies for schools and communities;
  • WASH in Melanesian informal settlements as a dire and rapidly increasing problem, with the most impact on women. See the World Bank’s report Unsettled for more information;
  • For handwashing in schools having the right resources is essential to ensure sustainability.This includes having a recurrent budget for hygiene promotion activities, soap and ensuring strong operation and maintenance systems for facilities;
  • Being reminded of the power of stories and songs for bringing about change, including hygiene and sanitation behaviour change;
  • The sense of solidarity between Pacific colleagues who work remotely from each other and the chance to network with professionals grappling with similar challenges.

Presentations are now available for download. Listen to the recording of the pre-PARLE webinar - Girls and Schools WASH in the Pacific: Breaking down barriers and taboos. Share your stories about hygiene and sanitation in the Pacific in the follow-up e-discussion.

There are many great event photos on our Facebook page!

Photo credits: FotoFusion Fiji

Deadline for Innovation Award Extended: 
Tell us your story!

Are you working on an innovative approach to WASH service delivery and sustainability with a Civil Society Organisation (CSO)? Do you want to share your innovation with the world? If you answered 'Yes' to the above questions, we encourage you to apply for the Civil Society Innovation Award now!

To apply send us a short video describing your innovation. The quality of the video is not important - Be creative!

If applying in video format is not practical for your CSO/NGO, please contact us for suggestions of acceptable alternative submission formatsShare this opportunity with your colleagues!

Extended submission deadline: 22 December 2015

Innovation and Impact Fund update

Two new Innovation & Impact (I&I) Fund grants are now being funded through the CS WASH Fund and commenced in October 2015. They are:

  1. From practical to strategic changes: Strengthening gender in WASH - Vietnam. Plan Australia partnered with the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney
  2. Behaviour Change Communication in Bhutan - Bhutan. SNV partnered with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  DFAT News 

Australia helps carry the can on World Toilet Day - Minister Ciobo

In our news update in October 2015 we reported the appointment of Australia’s new Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Hon Steven Ciobo.

Minister Ciobo wrote a blog post for World Toilet Day 2015 describing some of the key global sanitation issues, with a focus on this year’s theme of sanitation and nutrition.  He also highlighted the Australian Government’s $125.2m investment this financial year in water and sanitation in developing countries.

WASH101 Online Training Package is now available!

The WASH101 DFAT-funded training package was developed by the International WaterCentre with a focus on materials generated for the WASH Conference (2014).

It provides a comprehensive training on key aspects of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) through three easy-to-follow online modules. Eventually this material will be hosted online and publically available but in the meantime we have copies of the thumb-drive to give away.  If you didn’t receive a thumb-drive at the PARLE last month and would like one, please email – there are limited supplies so get in quick!
CSO Updates
Photo credit: FotoFusion Fiji 

Pacific WASH

The Pacific Regional Learning Event participants prepared and disseminated a range of presentations and publications.  The following is a selection of these.
iDE learning brief - A disabled-friendlly latrine prototype
Photo credit: iDE


iDE have produced a learning brief on accessible toilet design exploring the lessons learned from their disabled-friendly latrine prototype and the application of their innovative "Interlocking Bricks" in Cambodia. 

World Vision PNG and partners presented on Disability and WASH in Papua New Guinea at the PARLE.

In late 2015, as part of their CS WASH Fund project, SNV Bhutan, collaborated with the Ministry of Health and Disabled People’s Organisations to conduct participatory disability research.  The aim is to better understand the impact disability has on access, participation and opportunity to access sanitation and hygiene in rural households, schools, monastic institutions and nunneries to inform policy makers and program implementers for inclusive and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all. More information on the research and its findings will be available at a later stage.
Photo credit: Concern Universal


Thinley Dem, from SNV Bhutan, presented the poster for SNV’s Hygiene Cost Effectiveness Study at the UNC Water & Health Conference 2015. Utilising the WASHCost methodology, the study aims to analyse the cost effectiveness of their hygiene promotion activities.

Around 800 people attended Concern Universal’s CS WASH Fund-supported Phalombe District World Handwashing Day Commemoration in Malawi including Phalombe District Council Chairperson, District Coordination Team  members, local leaders, surrounding community members and children from three local primary schools.  Key activities included a handwashing-with-soap-at-critical times demonstration, information on the proper use of latrines, drama, choral presentations and traditional dances depicting this year’s theme of ‘Raise a hand for hygiene’.

Resources & Tools  
New article: The sustainability of rural water, sanitation and hygiene in Papua New Guinea published in Water, Journal of the Australian Water Association September 2015 and authored by World Bank and FH Designs consultants. 

Pacific WASH in Schools: Hands up for Hygiene! Teaching hygiene behaviour in Pacific schools, Live and Learn Environmental Education

Three Star approach to improve the effectiveness of hygiene behaviour change programs, UNICEF

Managing Water Locally. This WaterAid publication is a useful publications for practitioners and policy-makers to understand the linkages between water resource management trend and WASH decision-making and adaptation by local water users.
Join the Discussion  
PARLE Field Trip, Suva Fiji
 Photo credit: FotoFusion Fiji

Building on the stories of change shared at the Pacific Regional Learning Event, we would like hear one of your stories of hygiene and sanitation-related behaviour change. 

Tell your story and then explain what it means for you:  What happened? What can we learn from the story?
Webinar: Engaging Local Actors in Sanitation Behavior Change: Case Studies of CLTS

UNC Water Institute is holding a webinar to share the results of implementation research on the role and potential of local actors to sustain CLTS outcomes presenting seven country case studies followed by audience Q&A.  Thursday December 17, 2015 – 10:00 (EST)
Webinar: Making the link: Community initiatives for sanitation and health

This free interactive webinar, hosted by the Stockholm Environment Institute and SuSanA, will explore "linkages between sanitation interventions and health outcomes". Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 11:00 (CET)
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