41st WEDC International Conference – Side Events

Transformation towards sustainable and resilient WASH services

Egerton University, Nakuru (Kenya)

Wednesday 11 July, evening

NGOs/development workers in the WASH sector: are we really doing the right thing to improve water services delivery in marginalised areas?

Convening organisations: Caritas Switzerland, Oxfam, WASREB,WSTF, KEWASNET, and Water Integrity Network

‘Why does community management rarely work?’ is a favourite topic for development workers. Often, we find reasons that are intrinsic to communities instead of asking ourselves if we have done our best to make it work. This session will be a debate on the role of development workers in services provision to marginalised areas. It will also present some measures and tools developed by Kenyan water sector stakeholders, from the National Regulator (WASREB), to the governmental institution financing water and sanitation infrastructures in marginalised areas (Water Sector Trust Fund) and NGOs to address this.

Thursday 12 July, evening

Accountability and  rights-based approaches in the WASH sector:  What works and what doesn’t? 

Convening organisations: RWSN, WaterAid, Simavi, End Water Poverty, Water Witness International, ISF-UTS, and Water Integrity Network

Come and share your experiences, challenges, and questions about using social accountability and human  rights to increase WASH coverage.

  • Discuss how to strengthen the  engagement between communities and duty bearers
  • Look at ways to empower communities – especially the under-represented – and to strengthen government-led accountability mechanisms, making them effective
  • Consider how to  use  human  rights  to  help  clarify  roles  and  responsibilities  of  duty  bearers  and  rights  holders

Recent research on accountability will be presented, followed by group discussions that enable participants to focus on the specific issues relevant to them.  A short report will capture the main outcomes.

See the full side events agenda here.