Announcing the launch of the Agenda for Change Sanitation Roadmap! - "A district-level roadmap for universal access to sustainable sanitation services"

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Announcing the launch of the Agenda for Change Sanitation Roadmap! - "A district-level roadmap for universal access to sustainable sanitation services"

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to share an important new resource from Agenda for Change: "A district-level roadmap for universal access to sustainable sanitation services," developed in collaboration with Aguaconsult, Helvetas, IRC WASH, WaterAid, and Water For People.

This sanitation roadmap was developed to address a gap in available guidance, tools, and case studies specifically focused on sanitation services. In this document, you will find a description of the scope and main differences between water and sanitation services; a step-by-step process for developing a WASH district roadmap focusing on sanitation service delivery; examples of some Agenda for Change members’ district-wide approaches to sanitation services in 20+ countries; and a list of useful resources for sanitation services.

I invite you to take a read, and please help us to share widely with the SuSanA network!
All best,
Alec
Deputy Coordinator, Agenda for Change
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Re: Announcing the launch of the Agenda for Change Sanitation Roadmap! - "A district-level roadmap for universal access to sustainable sanitation services"

Hi Alec,

Thanks for alerting us to this roadmap. I think we haven't had previous posts about the "Agenda for Change" yet ( washagendaforchange.org/ ). Would you like to introduce us to your organisation by telling us a bit more about it?

On your website it says:

Established in May 2015, Agenda for Change is a collaboration of like-minded organizations (“Members”) that have adopted a set of  common principles  and approaches. We work collectively to advocate for, and support national and local governments in, strengthening the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) systems required to deliver universal, sustained access as outlined under Sustainable Development Goal 6.

This sounds very similar to SuSanA, so I am curious what the similarities and differences are (I guess one difference is that SuSanA focuses more on sanitation and only in a small way on water supply). What was the particular motivation for establishing it in 2015? Also, I am always interested in how things are funded, so my question is: who is funding your work? (see also my recent forum post about funding of the SuSanA discussion forum moderation  here )

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Elisabeth
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Re: Announcing the launch of the Agenda for Change Sanitation Roadmap! - "A district-level roadmap for universal access to sustainable sanitation services"

Hi Elisabeth,

Thanks for driving my attention back to this thread, appreciate your interest to learn more!

The reasons for establishing Agenda for Change are well outlined in our Joint Principles , and our founding directly coincided with the beginning of the SDG era in 2015. There was a collective recognition amongst our founding members that international NGOs (and others) working on WASH needed to fundamentally shift their ways of working to ensure permanent water and sanitation for all by 2030. In agreeing to work together, with one voice and a common agenda, the collaboration seeks to encourage and influence the broader WASH sector to move away from traditional implementation project cycles and instead adopt systems strengthening approaches, with a key focus on building and supporting government leadership at national and local levels.

Throughout our first 4-5 years, we focused our activities largely at the global level - building trust, developing our shared ways of working, and raising awareness about systems strengthening approaches across our membership and beyond. However, in 2019 we began making a shift back to our original focus which is to catalyze country collaboration for system strengthening (more here and here ). We do this through four main pathways: catalyzing collaboration (with seed funding), regularly convening systems leaders, serving as matchmakers for technical assistance and learning, and building the evidence base for collaboratively strengthening WASH systems. We also seek to align ourselves with similar networks/alliances to share our work and develop opportunities for collaboration across our members or partners (e.g., MWA, SWA, RWSN, SuSanA, and the SWS Partnership).

The Osprey Foundation remains our primary and foundational funder. In addition, Latter-day Saint Charities, The Waterloo Foundation, and the Vitol Foundation have supported our Global Hub and/or our members' collaborative work in certain countries (see more here ).

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Alec
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