Communique issued at the 2nd General Assembly of the West Africa WASH Journalists Network (WASH-JN)

  1. We, Water and Sanitation Journalists working in Television, Newspapers, Radio and Online media  in fourteen West African Countries- Nigeria, Cameroon, Togo, Benin, Ghana, Cote d Ivoire, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger,  and Guinea.
  2. Gathered at  our second Annual General meeting in Accra, Ghana, Wed 27th-Fri 29th April 2011.
  3. Concerned that West African countries like several other sub Saharan countries are off track towards meeting the WASH related MDG goals and other targets.
  4. Aware that the poor in rural, semi urban and urban areas lack access to WASH services the most.; and this has adverse effects on the socio economic and health status.
  5. Aware of the need for all stakeholders to take actions towards increasing the access of  our people to water and sanitation services
  6. Conscious of our role as media practitioners to uphold the responsibility of the government to the people

Hereby resolved as follows:

  1. We shall use our media channels to disseminate information, education and communication materials to ensure increased access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation for West Africans;
  2. Ensure our various media give top priority to reporting and publishing water, hygiene and sanitation issues
  3. Strategically Network with Civil Society Organisations  nationally and at the regional levels  purposes of joint advocacy work in the water, hygiene and sanitation;
  4. Through investigative reporting monitor and track  WASH programmes of our national and local governments to ensure better transparency, accountability and better services delivery
  5. Advocate for policies that will ensure community ownership, and management of WASH projects as well as increased sustainability.
  6. Advocate for guarantee of Water and Sanitation as a human right
  7. Make the voices of poor communities, vulnerable groups, and women groups on WASH issues to be heard at regional level.
  8. Use regional and international WASH meetings, such as the Africansan, African Water Week etc to highlight the role of the media in better delivery of WASH services.
  9. The West Africa WASH Journalists Network (WASH-JN) appreciates the support of development partners-WaterAid and WSSCC in supporting the organisation of the meeting.



Racine    Kane                                        Babatope Babalobi

Coordinator                                          General Secretary

April 29, 2011



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