Description/achievement of initiative
The overall vision of the WASH Coalition is for healthy and resilient Pacific island communities through coordinated support in WASH and there are 3 main components i.e. Sanitation, Community Engagement, Education and Awareness and Water Supply. Under the 3 components are these common objectives:-Increased access to affordable and appropriate sanitation;-Improved community management in water supply, sanitation and hygiene and;-Improved access to safe and sustainable water supply.Mainstreaming gender, climate change and disaster risks are considered to be cross cutting issues.The Coalition is a group of WASH actors that are implementing WASH related projects in the Pacific region. The group usually meet at least 4 times a year to discuss project activities and share knowledge and lessons learned from their various activities and this promotes effective collaboration and partnerships amongst WASH stakeholders.This group is contributing to the sustainable development of Small Islands Development States by implementing WASH projects that will assist in achieving Goal 7 of the Millennium Development Goals and Targets on increasing access to improving water and sanitation. The different partners in the Coalition work effectively at all levels from national and regional level all the way down to community level.
The WASH Coalition is guided by the Pacific WASH Coalition Framework and this can found at the following link:http://www.pacificwater.org/pages.cfm/water-services/123/
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
Pacific Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Coalition (existing partnership to be registered)â€¢Quarterly WASH Coalition Meetings each year facilitated by SPC and hosted by WASH partnersâ€¢Information dissemination through an e-mail distribution network of WASH partners specifically on WASH activities and initiativesManagement and coordination of input to a WASH Project Inventory for coalition members
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
The Coalition is currently being coordinated by SPC through the Water and Sanitation Programme (WSP) of the Applied Geoscience and Technology Division and currently has a Pacific WASH Coalition Framework that guides the work of the group.
SPC/SOPAC, World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Pacific Island Forum Secretariat, International Federated of Red Cross Societies (IFRC), Fiji Red Cross (FRCS), Foundations of the Peoples of the South Pacific (FSPI), Live & Learn Environmental Education(LLEE), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), University of the South Pacific (USP), UN-HABITAT, Habitat for Humanity, Wetlands International, International Union for Conservation of Nature(IUCN), Partnerships in Community Development Fiji (PCDF), US Peace Corps, Pacific Rotary Water for Life Foundation, Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA Fiji), Fiji National University(FNU), Tuvalu Association of Non-Government Organisation(TANGO)