UNICEF, Strengthening WASH Response in Humanitarian Action, Geneva – 2018-2019
In 2019, the Global WASH cluster will continue the implementation of the four strategic objectives set out in the 2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan. The Swiss contribution will focus on Capacity building, Advocacy as well as Knowledge management, three strategic objectives which have received only limited attention in the last years. The Swiss contribution will contribute to ensuring predictable, timely and effective WASH response by the WASH cluster partners in humanitarian crises through direct and indirect field support.
Climate change and environment
Water sector policy
Water resources conservation
Disaster risk reduction DRR
- United Nations Children’s Fund
|Background||The cluster approach was adopted to increase the effectiveness of humanitarian responses. It clarifies the respective roles and responsibilities of the various agencies and provides a framework for partnership among host governments, local authorities, humanitarian actors, local civil society agencies and affected populations. Globally, UNICEF is responsible for leading the global water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) cluster GWC.|
|Objectives||The overall goal of this SDC contribution is strengthening the WASH humanitarian coordination through capacity building of and knowledge managemen among the GWC partners In order to strengthen the delivery of WASH Coordination to lead humanitarian response for affected populations.|
|Target groups||All partners of UNICEF and more globally all humanitarian actors active in the Water and Sanitation sector, which provide emergency assistance after a natural disaster or during a conflict situation. This can include local authorities, local and international NGOs as well as other UN agencies.|
Ensure that key WASH stakeholders (sub-national, national and global) have the capacity to coordinate and deliver an appropriate and timely response in emergency;
Influence and advocate for an effective humanitarian WASH coordination response and funding;
Provide to the Humanitarian WASH actors a timely access to appropriate and accurate knowledge on coordination and response.
Development and implementation of training package targeted to coordination practitioner
Development of evaluation protocol and research plan as well as development of an online repository of WASH technical documents in collaboration with Tufts
Delivery of annual GWC meeting with specific focus on Capacity of the WASH Sector and collaboration with Inter-Agency WASH Group
Results from previous phases: SDC/HA funded the position of a deputy GWC coordinator as well as the manager of the Field Support Tea. UNICEF decided in 2018 to create a second deputy GWC coordinator position and to fund it with own resources, a very positive evolution.
|Directorate/federal office responsible||
United Nations Organization (UNO)
|Coordination with other projects and actors||The GWC has been tasked to maintain a sufficient coordination capacity in the WASH and acts as provider of last resort of WASH coordinator for large emergencies.|
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 200’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 200’000 Total project since first phase Swiss budget CHF 350’000 Budget inclusive project partner CHF 550’000|
|Project phases||Phase 3 01.12.2018 - 31.12.2021 (Current phase) Phase 1 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2016 (Completed)|