WaterAid Hosts Meeting for WASH Partners’ Review

By Fredrick P. W. Gaye from Bo, Sierra Leone

 

A three-day meeting on WASH advocacy, service delivery and governance activities in Sierra Leone and Liberia, began on Monday, September 18, 2017, in Bo City, Sierra Leone. WASH is water, sanitation and hygiene.

Hosted by WaterAid Liberia & Sierra Leone, the mid-year review gathering is intended for representatives from partnering organizations to review and reflect on their past and ongoing performances and plans.

The meeting focuses on activities carried from April to September, highlighting achievements, challenges, lessons learned and what can be done to overcome the challenges including budget constraints when implementing planned activities.

Partnering Liberian organizations represented at the gathering include: WASH Reporters & Editors Network (WASH R&E Network), Community Development Services (CODES), United Youth fro Peace, Education, Transparency and Development in Liberia (UYPETDL) and SHALOM. Those of host Sierra Leone are: WASH Media, WASHNet, Kenema Technical Team, Pujehun Technical Team, Movement towards Peace and Development Agency (MOPADA) and HELP, among others.

Activities of the interactive gathering include presentations by participants on their respective organizations, experience-sharing on administrative and technical implementations on advocacy, service delivery and governance as well as partnership review.

Partner organizations are showcasing their practical success stories, indicating impacts their activities are making in communities. Key among impacts including the willingness of citizens to take ownership of improved WASH services.

All is geared towards learning and finding missing links in past activities to wright the wrongs in meeting the expected outcomes.

Also, partners are being asked to be vigilant in implementing projects, to woo more funding in the face of donor fatigue.

At the end of the gathering, participants will formulate, integrate and review a plan to serve as a guiding tool for their organizations’ planned and further activities.

Though there are some level of positive changes, the head of Liberia WASH R&E Network, Augustine Myers, in his presentation, admitted some challenges in his country. The WASH media network boss named deplorable road condition and ongoing political activities as some of the challenges his organization faces.

In terms of achievements, he noted that WASH Media Report compels government to investigate outcome from WaterAid’s Environmental, Social and Health Impact Report in Cape Mount and Gbarpolu counties.

In his opening remark, the country director for WaterAid Liberia & Liberia, Mr. Patrick Cheah, thanked partners for the level of works under WaterAid partnership. He also told participants to be interactive as a way of experience sharing and to see how to coordinate and integrate programs intended to promote WASH activities in the two countries.

According to Cheah, WaterAid is committed to ensuring that citizens of the countries gain access to improved WASH facilities and service delivery as well as governance.