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Voice for Change Partnership : roles of CSOs in achieving SDG6


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The Voice for Change Partnership (V4CP) programme is a capacity development programme for civil society organizations (CSOs) in six countries across four areas including water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). VCP is a partnership between DGIS, SNV, IFPRI (International Food Policy and Research Institute) and CSOs. The capacity development activities focus on evidence creation and dissemination, and evidence-based advocacy. In Kenya, the V4CP WASH component supports CSO advocacy for improved stakeholder participation and coordination, increased budget allocation, and influencing policy review and development. CSOs used evidence from GIS mapping and the water testing to convince county governments to take action to improve sanitation. The data collected was also used to advocate for increased sanitation investment participatory budgeting. The presentation concludes with challenges and lessons learnt from the Kenya the V4CP WASH component. Presented at the WASH Debate “Dialogue and dissent: Looking at the role of civil society in achieving SDG 6 by 2030”, in The Hague, the Netherlands on 26 June 2019.

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Voice for Change Partnership : roles of CSOs in achieving SDG6

  1. 1. Roles of CSOs in achieving SDG6 1 Voice for Change Partnership 26-06-2019 Sharon Roose
  2. 2. V4CP: What we do Capacity development Evidence creation and dissemination Evidence based advocacy • Workshops & training • On-the-job support and coaching • (Tailor made) Evidence and solutions • Access to portals and networks • Support in design and implementation of advocacy plans We strengthen CSOs to: • Voice their views (by joining meetings, creating alliances, and taking part in negotiations) • Advocate for changes in the enabling environment (pro-poor policies, regulations, laws, better services)
  3. 3. 3 Ensuring a voice on the table in discussions Claiming the human rights to water and to sanitation Holding government to account for their role as duty bearers
  4. 4. Evidence & Advocacy 4 • CSOs need evidence to tell a compelling and true story • Research was undertaken o On the effects of poor sanitation on public health, the environment and well-being. o On current budget allocation and (possible) spending on sanitation.
  5. 5. Ensuring a voice at the table 5
  6. 6. Holding governments to account 6
  7. 7. Lessons learnt • Local data enhances awareness of the state of sanitation at the County and National level • Strengthening CSOs has revived the County WASH Forums resulting in increased accountability mechanisms • Buy in from County governments and other stakeholders results in enacting of policies/laws 7 Challenges • Moving from “ensuring a voice at the table” to “holding governments to account” • Uptake and understanding of evidence by CSOs • Accessing policies and budgetary information related to sanitation remains difficult