Chad’s Civil Society gets ready for the SWA HLM

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#HLM2017 Partners Perspectives Series Chad SM

6 Apr, 2017 in Partner Perspective Categories

As a member of SWA, Chad is expected to participate in the SWA 2017 High-level Meetings (HLM) taking place in Washington on 19 and 20 April, and focusing on financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for water, sanitation and hygiene. In order to prepare civil society’s contribution to the HLM, ACF Chad, ROSCINUT (SUN network) and REAT  (Réseau Assainissement et Eau au Tchad) organized a civil society workshop on 13 March.   The event familiarized CSOs with the SWA HLM preparatory process and ways to contribute, shared technical and advocacy tools, and raised awareness on budget advocacy and how CSOs can influence and follow-up sectors funding. Priority messages were defined and an action plan was drafted to ensure meaningful contribution of CSOs to the SWA preparatory process as well as the participation of Chad’s Ministers to the 2017 High-level Meetings.

Taking into account the importance of water in achieving many other SDGs and the recently created SWA working group on WASH and Nutrition, the workshop gathered various members from civil society from both WASH and nutrition sectors, including Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) and SWA national CSO focal points, the networks of Journalists for Nutrition and Champions for Nutrition. There was a common understanding amongst participants on the interlinkages between WASH and nutrition and the need for increased synergies across sectors for the effective implementation of the SDGs.

Throughout the workshop, CSOs had the chance to reboost the advocacy efforts made by REAT since Chad’s first participation in the SWA HLM in 2010. It was also an opportunity for the SWA CSO focal point to be introduced to his partners from national civil society, to explain his role and to exchange on how CSOs can feed his advocacy work and messages towards authorities and other relevant stakeholders.

Participants stressed the need to reinforce the funding and governance of the WASH sector; to encourage flexible funding that facilitates the implementation of multisectoral activities; to maximize the impact of WASH interventions on health and under nutrition; and to make sure civil society is included and can share expertise in the preparatory processes.

Priority messages were defined, according to the template of the Country Profile, so that CSO have a basis for their future contributions to the document. Participants agreed as key priorities: to raise awareness of decision-makers on the importance of financing WASH SDGs and their impact on other SDGS, especially health and hunger; to ensure a high-profile representation of Chad during the summit and facilitate a follow-up of SWA outcomes in Chad. A committee of five members from Chad CSO (including SWA CSO focal point and ACF) was set up to reach out to decision-makers.

An article on the workshop (in French only) is available here