Government and Civil Society Organisations must work together to achieve the SDG 6 target and sanitation for all participants from around the world shared at the Watershed Annual Partner Learning Meeting 2017. Watershed-Empowering Citizens is a five-year policy and advocacy strengthening program of WaterAid Bangladesh, launched early this year.
WaterAid is working as in-country lead with strategic partners - Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SIMAVI, IRC, Wetlands International and AKVO. The program aims to improve governance for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and integrated water resource management (IWRM) in five other countries apart from Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Mali, Ghana and India.
Following the program's inception in the country early this year, Watershed held its first Annual Partner Learning Meeting this month. Delegates from different countries took part in this 3 days' discussion centred around the 'WASH and IWRM situation in Bangladesh and way forward', with especial focus on CSO's role in L&A to make service providers accountable.
The learning meeting infused great learning to international delegates, taking the Bangladeshi stakeholders' experiences and perspectives into account.
Country Director of WaterAid Bangladesh Dr Khairul Islam, Programme Director Catarina Fonseca, IRC associate Erma Uytewaal and Executive Director of Dushtha Shasthya Kendra (DSK) Dr Dibalok Singha were present among the other distinguished participants.
WaterAid looks to strengthen civil society organisations so that all citizens, including the most marginalised, can benefit from sustainable services. It also focuses to enhance citizens' ability to obtain information so they can advocate for change based on reliable, accurate data through this program.
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