- 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.
- Gathered at our second Annual General meeting in Accra, Ghana, Wed 27th-Fri 29th April 2011.
- Concerned that West African countries like several other sub Saharan countries are off track towards meeting the WASH related MDG goals and other targets.
- 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.
- Aware of the need for all stakeholders to take actions towards increasing the access of our people to water and sanitation services
- Conscious of our role as media practitioners to uphold the responsibility of the government to the people
Hereby resolved as follows:
- 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;
- Ensure our various media give top priority to reporting and publishing water, hygiene and sanitation issues
- Strategically Network with Civil Society Organisations nationally and at the regional levels purposes of joint advocacy work in the water, hygiene and sanitation;
- Through investigative reporting monitor and track WASH programmes of our national and local governments to ensure better transparency, accountability and better services delivery
- Advocate for policies that will ensure community ownership, and management of WASH projects as well as increased sustainability.
- Advocate for guarantee of Water and Sanitation as a human right
- Make the voices of poor communities, vulnerable groups, and women groups on WASH issues to be heard at regional level.
- 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.
- 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