SWA has 5 constituencies and CSOs form one core element. The CSO constituency includes non-profit organizations or networks active at national, international or regional levels. It includes INGOs and community based organisations.
The Civil Society constituency is responsible for:
The four CSO representatives represent four different regions and are responsible for gathering the voices of their region.
The CSO national-level Focal Points
In order for the CSO representatives above to effectively consult and get inputs on key SWA documents and processes, the CSO constituency also has national level CSO country Focal Points.
The key roles of the national level focal points are to:
Liaise with other sanitation, water and hygiene CSOs in the country to make sure that they are regularly updated on SWA and have an opportunity to have their voices heard in SWA forums, documents and processes
Establish working relationships and regularly meet with SWA government and donor representatives and other stakeholders from the country to improve coordination and collaboration
Coordinate national advocacy and campaigning with other CSOs and established networks to ensure that governments are held to account on commitments that they have made around sanitation, water and hygiene
Actively monitor progress towards sanitation, water and hygiene commitments, including those made at the biennial High Level Meetings. Work with government, donor and other stakeholders to track progress towards these commitments and to develop action plans for stepping up this progress to ensure targets are reached.
Report back to their regional CSO regional network representative so as to share expertise with other CSOs within the region and for the regional Steering Committee representative to be aware of the different activities undertaken.
You can find the CSOs national focal point list here.
There are many ways in which CSOs can engage with the SWA partnership at both the global and national levels:
Firstly, find out if your country is a member of the SWA here.
If your country is not a member of the partnership and you think that it should be, please contact the SWA CSO Advisor to discuss this further and find out more.
If your country is a member of the SWA partnership, you can engage by:
CSOs can push governments to be included in the negotiations process towards the SDGs. CSOs should be active stakeholders, the SWA High-level Political Dialogue is an opportunity for CSOs to push for their advocacy messages and the civil society voice to be heard.
The High-level Meetings are planned to be held on the 19th and 20th of April 2017 in Washington D.C. A Sector Ministers’ and Finance Ministers’ Meetings are planned: Ministers responsible for sanitation, water and hygiene but also Finance Ministers will come together, along with heads of development agencies, and senior representatives of civil society, the private sector and research and learning institutions, to plan their approach for meeting the water and sanitation-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Make sure your Finance Minister and your Minister for sanitation, water and hygiene know about these crucial meetings and encourage them to take part! Find out if your country has started to develop its SDG plans yet and make sure citizens’ voices are heard in the process.
Have a look at the CSOs preparation guide for the HLMs.
Mobilise them to hold politicians to account on their WASH promises! For all ideas and resources to help with your campaigning, visit http://www.endwaterpoverty.org/keep-your-promises for ideas and resources for your campaigning.
Require a detailed feedback from you government about the decisions made at the HLM and ask the strategic plan to implement these decisions. Monitor and update on your countries’ progress towards their WASH commitments using the WASHwatch.org online platform. WASHwatch gives you the latest on governments’ progress toward their promises to help you to plan and implement campaigns and policies that make a difference.
Heloise Chicou, hosted within the secretariat of End Water Poverty, is the current SWA Civil Society Advisor. Her role is to support civil society to engage with the SWA partnership at all levels – nationally, regionally and globally. Please do contact Heloise if you would like any support at all in becoming further engaged with the SWA partnership.