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Practitioner stories from challenging contexts

The Sanitation Learning Hub is delighted to to announce the 1st edition of the new series ‘Practitioner Voices’.

About the Practitioner Voices series: the series aims to amplify insightful perspectives of practitioners working within countries at local and regional level. Each edition will have a distinct focus. 

About the 1st edition 'Tough Physical Environments': SLH was very lucky to work with 3 practitioners to present their ideas, challenges and innovations of working on sanitation and hygiene in ‘tough physical environments’.

The published Practitioner Voices stories:

Research grant: Sanitation, hygiene, gender equality and social inclusion

A large part of the Sanitation Learning Hub’s (SLH) work is around research and learning to support gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) in sanitation and hygiene programming. This includes using and promoting gender transformative sanitation approaches and ‘Leave No One Behind’ policies and programmes: this keeps the focus on the poorest, most marginalised and hardest to reach households and communities.  

Event: Policy and practice: Evidence-driven rural sanitation programs for scale, equity, and sustainability in Africa

Thursday 25th November 3pm-4:30pm (UK time)

At AfricaSan6 conference, the Sanitation Learning Hub are co-convenors of this free online session on lessons learned from recent rural sanitation programs.

This session will begin with an overview of the progress in rural sanitation in Africa, including an analysis of funding commitments. It will be followed by a presentation of lessons offered by the most recent evidence on performance of rural sanitation programming programs, featuring the following focal areas:

Event: How to strengthen local government leadership for sanitation and hygiene

Tuesday 23rd November 2-3.30pm (Nigeria time) 1-2.30pm (UK time)

At AfricaSan6 conference, the Sanitation Learning Hub are facilitating this free online session on how to galvanise and sustain support of local governments for sanitation and hygiene. Register for AfricaSan6

In the session panellists will share concrete examples of local government leadership mainly from West Africa, looking at what leads to prioritisation of sanitation and hygiene, and identifying commonalities and transferable knowledge.

The session builds on the work of the Sanitation Learning Hub (SLH) with government representatives and development partners from local areas in East and West Africa in 2020-2021.

Blog: Participatory action for nutrition & WASH with pastoralist women in Afar, Ethiopia

This is part two in the blog series written by Christine Fostvedt-Mills (Fostvedt-Mills Consulting (FMC): Participatory action for nutrition & WASH with pastoralist women in Afar, Ethiopia

Christine shares reflections on facilitating participatory Community Action Planning workshops with pastoralist communities in the Afar region of Ethiopia. She also highlights work done towards one of the projects primary objectives - ensuring that the project remains participatory and centred the voices of women in the community, specifically mothers and female community leaders.

These approaches have resulted in culturally appropriate, gender balanced and community-driven actions toward improved nutrition and WaSH practises. She talks about the vital need to build trust with participants by involving them throughout the project, using methodologies like photovoice to center their voices and asking them directly to design solutions to their own problems has demonstrated
promising results.

Consultancy opportunity: Mid-term review of the Sanitation Learning Hub

The purpose of the mid-term review (MTR) is to conduct a formative evaluation and independently assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of the programme. The evaluators shall use the OECD DAC evaluation criteria for these 4 areas.

The MTR will highlight successes and challenges since the current project funding phase began in 2019 and will seek to measure the progress towards the intended outcomes and objectives of the programme.

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