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Chatting a way forward towards a climate resilient Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH) in East Africa

Between 4th and 6th September 2019, PACJA was represented in a regional workshop convened by WaterAid East Africa, whose aim was to build a common agenda on WASH advocacy amongst civil society networks for the achievement of SDG 6. Attended by WASH national CSO networks from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia, together with non-WASH partners, (PACJA, FEMNET and Jegnit) the workshop purposed to build a common agenda on WASH advocacy amongst civil society networks for the achievement of SDG 6.

It focused on provision of a platform for the East Africa WASH coalitions to collaborate, discuss and share ideas and lessons around their advocacy work.

The meeting aimed to develop a joint action plan around the common agenda on WASH advocacy by civil society in East Africa that will lead to a catalytic change on progress by governments and critical stakeholders on achieving SDG 6. Besides, it aimed to analyze the changing socio-political and economic context that WASH networks operate in and its impact on the WASH sector. The other was to explore how best the East Africa WASH networks could engage with the current political narratives that make WASH more relevant The overall ambition of the workshop was to reignite momentum in building a strong and vibrant Civil Society movement that is empowered to influence policies, budgetary allocations and decision-making processes towards inclusive sustainable WASH within the region by 2022/23.

The key role PACJA plays in influencing action at all levels towards strengthened adaptation to climate change was acknowledged.

The on-going process to ensure climate resilient Water Health and Sanitation (WASH) interventions confirms the need to mainstream climate change response in all sectors, given that its impacts are cross cutting.

The main output was a singular East Africa CSO action plan formulated around a common agenda on WASH advocacy and also cohesive messages are developed on the prioritized theme. The workshop also initiated a process where representatives of the respective National WASH coalitions were tasked with the responsibility of developing a draft funding concept for submission to WaterAid focusing on the agreed common work plan.

WaterAid is a UK Charity with vision to see a world where everyone, everywhere has safe water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030. Its mission is to transform lives by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in the world's poorest communities. The organizations vision in East Africa is to see ‘a region that is well governed, sustainable and contributing to everyone, everywhere having clean water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030.

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