Members of the African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation (ANEW)and the Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA) have jointly developed messages to be presented to participants at the ongoing Global Forum on Sanitation, Mumbai, India.
Ahead of the side event of the two organizations holding this Wednesday at the Global meeting, about twenty members of the two bodies met this Monday to brainstorm on the relevance of the Civil Society in developing the sanitation sector and how civil society organizations can add value to the forum’s debates on strategies of resolving sanitation challenges.
Key messages the ANEW and FANSA resolved to present to the conference delegates include the following:
1. Civil society organizations play a role in influencing policy processes at the national levels and therefore should be given greater space for participation in global sectoral meetings.
2. Civil Society bodies are good in monitoring projects to ensure successful implementation and ensuring service providers are accountable.
3. Sectoral projects implemented by civil society groups are more cost efficient as they usually do not spend more that 10% of the total project cost on overheads.
4. Civil society groups assist government in reaching the grassroots, and they are not necessarily antagonists of government programmes; but can complement government efforts, target service delivery and supplement what other service providers are doing.
Participants in the workshop include Communications Manager, FAN’s Communication Manager, Arpita De, Coordinator of the Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA), Yiga Barker, Acting Executive Secretary of ANEW, Patrick Apoya, former Board member, ANEW, and Babatope Babalobi, General Secretary, West Africa Water and Sanitation Journalists (WASH-JN). Several other members of the ANEW, FANSA, and the WASH-JN also participated.