Welcome to the "partner perspectives" section where SWA partners can share news, experiences and insights.

  • Human development, health and dignity: why we must prioritise sanitation

    10 Dec 2013 in Country Processes
    by By Doreen Kabasindi Wandera

      SWA is a forum where we, the practitioners and professionals in WASH, come together globally. SWA is very important because it brings to the forefront issues on sanitation and water that affect human development, health and dignity. Water has received the most attention because it is physical, you can…

  • Human rights: we need political will to target the poor and invest in low-cost solutions

    10 Dec 2013 in Partner Perspective Categories
    by Catarina de Albuquerque, Rapporteur spécial de l’ONU sur le droit à une eau potable salubre et à l’assainissement

      “I was recently in Nicaragua and I visited some small villages where communities had organized themselves to provide community water and sanitation services. I met an exceptional man who was the President of one of the local water councils, and he said, ‘The most important thing about sanitation and…

  • Making History

    10 Dec 2013 in Events
    by Piers Cross

    For me, the 2013 Stockholm Water Week was heavy with history. My Generation The Stockholm World Water Prize this year was awarded to Peter Morgan for the genius of his innovations in on-site sanitation, ecological sanitation and water devices for rural Africa, developed over 4 decades.  It was his innovations…

  • Nepal, Standing Tall; at the South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN)

    10 Dec 2013 in Events
    by Piers Cross, Special Advisor to SWA

    I recently attended the 2013 SACOSAN V meeting, which saw the Government of Nepal stand up tall to host a high level exchange on sanitation between eight South Asian countries, both giants and minnows: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.  Before SACOSAN there was no…

  • Sanitation Smorgesbord: politics + evidence + commitments = accountability

    10 Dec 2013 in Events
    by Darren Saywell, Vice-Chair, SWA

    I grew up in the UK in the 1970’s watching The Muppet Show.  Beyond the more popular characters of Kermit and Miss Piggy, I fell in love with The Swedish Chef - an incomprehensible preparer of foodstuffs.  He was hilarious.  All Swedish Chef sketches begin with him in a kitchen,…

  • From the global to the household: getting community voices in policy making processes

    10 Dec 2013 in Uncategorized

    At FANSA, we want to hear the voices of community members who do not have access to sanitation and water. We want these communities to get access to better services, and ensure that their involvement and engagement in the process is better recognized. Freshwater Action Network represents four countries: Bangladesh,…

  • Engaging in advocacy and the SWA partnership

    10 Dec 2013 in Country Processes

    The Zambia NGO WASH Forum’s mandate is to act as a voice for civil society and to contribute to Government–led plans in the sector. Membership of the Forum is currently 35 and its membership is comprised of large international NGOs and Community Based Organisations. The Forum in its current form…

  • Defining the post-2015 agenda: sanitation and water for every person

    10 Dec 2013 in

    It is very important that SWA contributes to defining the post-2015 development agenda. This agenda should make sure that every single person has access to the basic necessities and rights of sanitation and water. We need to make this a reality as quickly as possible, and ensure that governments take…

  • CSOs making sure the Government of Sudan keep their promises on sanitation and water

    10 Dec 2013 in Uncategorized

    We are very pleased to be a partner in SWA because it has made things a lot clearer for us in civil society organizations. SWA engages different partners on global and national levels and we are delighted that, at the SWA HLM in 2012, the Government of Sudan committed to…