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  • World Toilet Day: How Civil Society is supporting Government’s Clean Nigeria campaign 

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      Nigeria ranks second among countries practicing open defecation globally– with 24% of the population (47 million people) still practicing open defecation. In November 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari declared a state of emergency on Nigeria’s water supply, sanitation, and hygiene. This was soon followed by a national campaign – Clean Nigeria: Use the…

  • Burkina Faso: Innovative mechanism for community financing of sanitation

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      ‘Nuits de l’Assainissement’- nights for sanitation wherein community members, opinion leaders, and local authorities come together for a common goal: improving sanitation and hygiene conditions in the region. These nights are organized by the Regional Directorates of water and sanitation in collaboration with the Directorate general of Sanitation and a partner NGO. Sanitation night is…

  • 30 years on: Child Rights are Human Rights- they have no expiry date!

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    Today, November 20, 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention, that was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 20 November 1989, aims to protect the rights of all children, everywhere to be free from discrimination, violence and neglect. This year…

  • The pain of carrying water

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      By Virginia Roaf, SWA Senior Advisor Those of us living and working in the North are familiar with the images of incredibly elegant,  beautifully dressed women carrying water on their heads – in buckets, in calabashes, in bowls, walking through the desert, or along a mountain path, perhaps with…

  • World Food Day: Celebrating the link between nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene

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      By Gerda Verburg, UN Assistant Secretary General and Coordinator, SUN Movement and Catarina Albuquerque, first UN Rapporteur on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation and SWA Chief Executive Officer   The connection between kitchen and toilet might be an unsavory one, but it is actually a life or…

  • Global Handwashing Day: Making a case to leave no one behind

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      Global Handwashing Day: Making a case to leave no one behindInterview with Om Prasad Gautam, Senior WASH Manager for Hygiene, WaterAid The Sustainable Development Goal 6.2 uses handwashing with soap as an indicator for national and global monitoring. This clearly highlights the importance of hygiene and its close links…

  • October - SWA Gender month

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      The realization of the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation is essential for achieving gender equality, sustainable development and poverty alleviation. It also empowers women and addresses the root causes of poverty and gender inequality. However, these rights can only be realized when, not only men, but…

  • SWA appoints Regional Advisor - Africa

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      SWA is proud to announce the appointment of Ms. Nompumelelo Ntshalintshali-Motsa for the role of SWA Regional Coordinator – Africa. As a member of the SWA Secretariat (hosted by partner AMCOW), Ms. Ntshalintshali-Motsa will work to increase the active participation of African in-country SWA partners in their government’s planning,…

  • SWA Chair, Hon. Kevin Rudd meets with Nigerian President

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    The High-level Chair of Sanitation and Water for All, Hon. Kevin Rudd, met with Nigerian President Buhari at the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday where the President stated that the government has demonstrated political will on water and sanitation, and would soon step up advocacy…

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