The Dutch WASH Alliance, which unites over 100 organisations in 9 countries, will continue working together after the end of the programme in 2015. The main motivation for continuing our collaboration is our shared belief that together as an alliance, we can accelerate WASH and realise sustainable WASH services for everyone. Under the new name ‘WASH Alliance International’, we will put the slogan ‘Accelerating WASH’ into practice. Let’s hear what Eric Chimsi, Country Coordinator Ghana, has to tell us about this ambitious new slogan.
That is noticeable in the sector. 'Major job cuts among biggest aid organisations', was the title of an article in De Volkskrant of 5 August. Simavi has been anticipating this development for many years. International fundraising, business development and advocacy have been integrated into our activities.
As the Executive Chair of the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) network, Catarina de Albuquerque advocates for a key role for SWA within the SDGs and for political prioritisation of WASH at a global high-level. We asked her three questions during the Stockholm World Water Week, where she was present as one of the plenary vision speakers.
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It is almost time for World Water Week, seven days when the world’s water experts get together to discuss H2O. Simavi is heading to Stockholm to do our bit to create a WASH-wise world. We are proud to announce that we will be sharing our expertise and experiences in several presentations and events. Read all about it!
The article “De Grote Vier zijn op zoek naar een nieuw verhaal” (The Big Four are looking for a new story) in the August 5 edition of De Volkskrant, paints a stereotypical image of the NGO sector, in which only ‘classical’ development projects are executed and there is no protest against, or anticipation of, huge government cuts. Furthermore, Professor Paul Hoebink argues that companies are only interested in helping ‘hungry’ and disabled children.
At the start of July, the first selection of local community health workers were trained as entrepreneurs. They have been equipped with an electronic tablet and essential medical kit conduct outreach health promotion and offer a wide range of reliable and affordable quality health commodities at village level.
On July 15, Simavi joined the call for a global-level hygiene indicator in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Together with 90 influential international corporations, non-governmental organisations and coalitions we called upon key United Nations (UN) decision makers to ensure that the SDGs put priority on hygiene to make a truly positive impact on our future.
Lotte Rorije-Kuijer is Project Manager Water Supply at Witteveen+Bos. With 11 years of experience at this engineering consultancy, she has been involved amongst others in several water supply projects in Africa. Over the past years Simavi and Witteveen+Bos have collaborated and combined their expertise in different WASH programmes. We asked Lotte about this partnership.
Lambert Grijns is the Dutch Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights & HIV/AIDS and Director of the Social Development Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We talked to him about his motivation and achievements as well as his ambitions and the challenges he sees.
Last month Phase 1 of the Ghana Netherlands WASH Programme (GNWP) came to an end. To celebrate its successful implementation, a closing conference was held on June 26 in Accra to look bak at the results.
In the capital of Bangladesh, Dutch and Bangladeshi water utilities work together in the Water Operators Partnership. As member of this partnership, Simavi aims to improve water, sanitation and hygiene services and practices for 4,707 families in Dhaka’s slum areas.