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GWC Monthly Newsletter #11
02 / 12 / 2022
Dear colleagues,
Welcome to the eleventh edition of the GWC 2022 Monthly Newsletter! We are pleased to share in this issue the latest updates from the GWC, campaigns for GBV risk mitigation, operational updates from the field, and fresh news from partner organizations including Covid-19 HygieneHub, GSMA, York University, IOM, OCHA, UNICEF and more. In addition, key documents from national coordination platforms are also featured in the operational update section. Highlights from countries this month showcase the Ethiopia WASH Cluster Humanitarian Dashboard and the Yemen Joint Market Monitoring Initiative: October 2022 Situation Overview.

Following the OCHA Global Humanitarian Overview 2023, next year will set another record for humanitarian relief requirements, with 339 million people in need of assistance in 69 countries, an increase of 65 million people compared to the same time last year, the United Nations and partner organizations said today. The estimated cost of the humanitarian response going into 2023 is US$51.5 billion, a 25 per cent increase compared to the beginning of 2022. Ongoing floods and continuing droughts have caused a dramatic increase in WASH needs, and with crises becoming increasingly complex and protracted, fewer refugees can return home and continue to live in crowded conditions with limited access to water, sanitation and health facilities.

We remind all that we value showcasing the incredible work national coordination platforms and partners are doing around the world, so please send us your photos, stories, and other content to highlight the work of your team or draw attention to issues that matter to you. Read our submission guidelines here. All items can be sent directly for inclusion in the next newsletter by Wednesday, 28 December 2022 to

Thank you for your attention and we hope you will find this insightful!

Best regards,
CAST (The Cluster Advocacy and Support Team)
Photo credits: © UNICEF/UN0694020/Bizuwerk
GWC Collaborations and News
Update: Global WASH Cluster Dashboard
The Global WASH Cluster Dashboard is updated with WASH data as of October 2022. The Dashboard shows the Joint Monitoring Programme's latest statistics in WASH, along with Funding Status, People in Need (PiN), people targeted for WASH services and supplies for 2022, and people reached reported until October 2022. The Dashboard can be filtered by region and country. 

Have a look here.

WASH Information Management Course Held in The Hague, Netherlands
The new WASH Information Management training was held in The Hague from 7th to 10th November 2022 in coordination with the Netherlands Red Cross and DSS Water. Fifteen participants attended the course (6 women and 9 men), out of which 6 were INGO partners, 1 local government partner, and 8 UNICEF staff. The main focus of the training was around WASH standards, needs assessments, monitoring and visualization.


On the initiative of the Gender Based Violence Area of Responsibility (GBVAoR), the Global WASH Cluster, as part of the Global Cluster Coordination Group (GCCG) has signed the
'16 Days of Activism to end Gender-Based Violence' is an annual international campaign running from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until 10 December, Human Rights Day. This year, the campaign is continuing the theme of ending Femicide.

Every year Gender-Based Violence (GBV) affects millions of women and girls around the world, and it is well established that they are disproportionately at risk to the effects of emergencies. They are more likely to lose their means of livelihood, and are exposed to a heightened risk of GBV. Early warning messages are also less likely to reach women than men, for example, and women typically also have less bargaining power access to assets and information. The combined effect is increased vulnerability when experiencing disasters, hazards or conflict.

As humanitarians, we all have an obligation to do what we can to decrease the risk of GBV by integrating considerations for the safety and dignity of affected women and girls in our response programming. On the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism to end GBV we invite you to think about how you can use this opportunity to identify concrete actions to prevent and mitigate GBV into existing WASH programmes.
Operational Updates
The Global WASH Cluster provides Operational Support for national coordination platforms in humanitarian emergencies through deployments and remote support. The support is provided by the Field Support Team (FST), a consortium of WASH agencies providing 6 staff (3 x coordinators, 2 x information managers, and 1 x assessment specialist) with the support and oversight of the GWC-Cluster Advocacy and Support Team (CAST). To access these services national coordinators or information managers can send an email or inquiry to (GWC Help Desk). 
Field Support Team (FST) Deployments - Capacity building for partners to strengthen inclusion aspects in Yemen - In-person Support

More than seven years of armed conflict in Yemen has caused tens of thousands of civilian casualties and displaced over 4 million people, making Yemen one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises and aid operations. Affected communities struggle to meet their basic needs, feed their families and find safe shelter. Malnutrition and disease outbreaks are prevalent and districts with active front lines face water scarcity and extreme WASH needs. Approximately 30% of people internally displaced in Yemen do not have access to safe drinking water and almost 50% per cent do not have access to sanitation facilities

Inadequate access to WASH services exacerbates protection risks, especially for women, adolescent girls, persons with disabilities, and the elderly. Population groups that are at risk of Gender-Based Violence and at risk of exclusion from assistance due to various barriers faced to access assistance. Thus, the WASH response needs to be tailored to meet the various needs of different affected population groups, to ensure that the response is safe and adequate for everyone.

Caroline Haar, the GWC/FST People-Centered Programming Coordinator with NORCAP, provided support to the Yemen WASH Cluster from August to November 2022 to reactivate the Inclusion TWiG and provide capacity building for partners to strengthen inclusion aspects in the WASH response. The collaboration included:

  • Support for the Inclusion TWIG,
  • Development of WASH Inclusion guidance documents and tip-sheets, and
  • A three-day workshop delivered in Aden on Gender-Based Violence, Gender Mainstreaming, Disability Inclusion and Accountability to Affected Population key concepts.
Field Support Team (FST) Deployments - Surge Support to Somalia

Following four consecutive rainy season failures the drought in Horn of Africa, particularly Somalia, is now at a critical level. Mass population movements are reported, forecast of rainfall are poor and there is reasonable expectation that the situation will deteriorate further before there will be an improvement.

For these reasons, the UN has declared an L3 emergency and a system-wide scale up to manage the increasing demands for humanitarian support. Given the emergency, the overall humanitarian response, including the WASH response, has grown exponentially, leading to a request of double-hatting coordination. UNICEF is already supporting WASH partners to position dedicated sub-national coordinators in 4 states in addition to directly covering the position in Baidoa.

However, UNICEF has requested an additional roving WASH Cluster support, supplied via the FST project, to build the capacity of coordination at state level. Abdoulaye Diallo, FST Cluster Coordinator with ACF, is continuing supporting Somalia WASH coordination with a deployment started in September and planned until mid-December. Since October 2022, Brenda Chimenya, FST Information Manager with ACF and at her first deployment with the FST, is supporting the IM capacities of the Somalia WASH cluster, including dedicated support to the Sub-National platforms. Rebecka Rydberg, FST Assessment Specialist with REACH, supported Somalia WASH coordination with the estimation of the People In Need (PIN) for the HRP development. Jason Searle, Information Manager with iMMAP, supported Somalia WASH Cluster with HNO PiN inputs.

Read more about the Somalia WASH Cluster here.

Resources and Tools from National Coordination Platforms - November 2022:
We encourage all National Coordination Platforms to send their examples, guidance, tools on coordination, information management, assessment and technical guidelines/documents directly to:
Partner Updates
UNICEF WASH - Key Updates and New Resources

UNICEF, Global Water Partnership: Launch of the 2022 Edition of the Strategic Framework for WASH Climate Resilient Development
Launched at COP27 on 17 November 2022, the Strategic Framework consists of 4 quadrants which provide guidance on how to ensure resilient WASH services. Resilient WASH programming helps ensure that WASH infrastructure and services are sustainable and resilient to climate related risks; and WASH contributes to building community resilience to climate change.

Read more and download the Strategic Framework Strategy here: English | Spanish | French | Portuguese
UN OCHA - UN launches record $51.5 billion humanitarian appeal for 2023
Next year will set another record for humanitarian relief requirements, with 339 million people in need of assistance in 69 countries, an increase of 65 million people compared to the same time last year, the United Nations and partner organizations said today. The estimated cost of the humanitarian response going into 2023 is US$51.5 billion, a 25 per cent increase compared to the beginning of 2022.

The 2023 Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO), launched today by the UN in collaboration with non-governmental organizations and other humanitarian partners, paints a stark picture of what lies ahead:
  1. At least 222 million people in 53 countries will face acute food insecurity by the end of 2022. Forty-five million people in 37 countries risk starvation. 
  2. Public health is under pressure due to COVID-19, monkeypox, vectorborne diseases, and outbreaks of Ebola and cholera.
  3. Climate change is driving up risks and vulnerability. By the end of the century, extreme heat could claim as many lives as cancer.
  4. It will take four generations – 132 years – to achieve global gender parity. Globally, 388 million women and girls live in extreme poverty.
View the GHO 2023 online here.
Download the abridged report in English | French | Arabic | Spanish
Covid-19 Hygiene Hub – updates from evidence and practice

The COVID-19 Hygiene Hub (“The Hygiene Hub”), relaunched in 2022 with support from FCDO, intends to focus on evidence generation and knowledge sharing while expanding its scope to changing severity of the pandemic and priorities across countries and contexts, and long-term resilience and disease outbreak preparedness.

Currently, the Hygiene Hub are reviewing all the technical resources and updating them to ensure the evidence and practices is up to date, and to make the resources relevant for range of different public health risks and programming.

Some recent resources:
For further information, please check out the Covid-19 Hygiene Hub website here.
New Resource Library: Multi-sectoral tools and guidance for outbreak readiness and response in humanitarian settings

NEW: Searchable Resource Library. READY maintains and updates this library of multi-sectoral resources for outbreak readiness and response in humanitarian settings. The library is searchable by topic, disease, and resource type. If you have relevant resources you would like to include in the library, please email us at

Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research — Humanitarian Water Engineering Intensive Course Winter 2023

The Humanitarian Water Engineering (HWE) intensive course offers participants an opportunity to gain essential knowledge and skills on safe water supply in humanitarian emergencies. The course covers the design and operation of water supply systems in humanitarian response including source water selection, water quality, water treatment, distribution and the safe water chain, and outbreak preparedness and response.

Applications are now open for the Winter 2023 HWE course, which will run from 2 February to 28 April 2023. The course is structured into a pre-reading phase followed by an intensive course phase consisting of five 2-week technical units. The total time commitment required for the course is at least 68 hours over 12 weeks (approximately 6 hours per week). A certificate will be offered to participants who successfully complete the course. The last day to apply is 27 January 2023.

Read more here.

GSMA Innovation Fund for Anticipatory Humanitarian Action

Launched on 24th November 2022, the GSMA Innovation Fund for Anticipatory Humanitarian Action will back solutions that leverage mobile digital technology to help anticipate potential humanitarian impacts and enable effective early response. By focusing on the important theme of anticipatory action the Fund will contribute towards the minimisation of humanitarian impacts and the improvement of preparedness in the face of sudden-onset crises.

The GSMA is open to applications from non-profit organisations (including NGOs, INGOs, humanitarian agencies and social enterprises) as well as for-profit organisations (limited to commercially viable start-ups, SMEs and social enterprises with up to 250 employees).
Successful projects will receive a grant of between £100,000 and £250,000 to scale their innovation over a 15 to 18 month period. Applications close on 19th January 2023.

To learn more about the GSMA Innovation Fund for Anticipatory Humanitarian Assistance, find more details in the links below:
IOM / Data Hub | Horn of Africa Drought 2022: Human Mobility Snapshot

Horn of Africa Drought 2022: Human Mobility Snapshot (November 2022) provides an overview of the impact of drought on human mobility in the region, with a focus on Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. As of November 2022, an estimated 1.8 million people were displaced by drought, 5 million were living in drought-affected areas, 260,000 migrants were moving to and from such areas, added to 75,000 pastoralist dropouts.

Access the Human Mobility Snapshot here.

RGHI and Chatham House Report | Driving hygiene behaviors – essential elements of universal healthcare?
The subject of hygiene has never been near the top of the political agenda, something that needs to change. More global efforts are needed to link hygiene with policy-influencing outcomes and establish return on investment (ROI) to drive policy change. While it is evident that progress is being made on an international basis, more still needs to be done.

Reckitt Global Hygiene Institute (RGHI) and Chatham House convened a high-level virtual roundtable on the ways that changing hygiene behaviors can lead to better health, for the individual, the wider population, and the economy. This meeting summary reports on the findings from the summer 2022 virtual roundtable "Driving hygiene behaviors – essential elements of universal healthcare?" where 32 international experts, including politicians, policymakers, academics, physicians, behavior experts, and others representing international charities and Ministries of Health discussed:
  • Quantifying the potential contribution of hygiene to population health;
  • Understanding the motivations for change; and
  • Identifying how to build hygiene into a universal healthcare system.

Download the report to read the full findings.

Inter-Cluster Updates
IASC New Resources

Launch: Executive Summaries for Key Operational IASC Guidance
We sometimes receive feedback that IASC Products, while technically excellent, can be difficult to use in operational settings. Given the huge amount of expertise, time, and collaboration that has contributed to the body of IASC tools and guidance, the IASC secretariat launched a review to improve the usability of IASC products for time-pressed colleagues, within the IASC and beyond. Following this review, we are pleased to announce the launch of IASC product summaries for 21 key operational IASC Guidance, with more to follow over the coming weeks. These summaries should take no more than 2.5 minutes to read and print- and mobile-friendly versions are available on the IASC website.

IASC Guidance on the Provision of Overheads to Local and National Partners
This document provides guidance for international humanitarian organisations (UN agencies and INGOs) which partner with local and national organisations on the issue of overheads. Overheads, or indirect costs, refer to costs that are not related directly to a specific project, but that support the efficient, effective, and safe running of an organisation. This guidance provides recommendations for how to improve current policy and practice to ensure that local and national partners can access overhead funding.

The short guidance document is structured around actions for UN agencies and INGOs, actions for donors and actions for wider systemic change. The accompanying research report provides more detail on the policy context and background, the current practices of individual organisations, and findings from interviews with 26 local and national NGOs and 18 international actors around the barriers and opportunities for change and examples of good practice.
Further resources:
Upcoming Events
Webinar/Event                 Date & time    Organisation
IWA Digital Water Summit 29 November - 2 December IWA
37th UN Water Meeting 5 - 6 December UNESCO
UN Water summit on Groundwater 7 - 8 December UNESCO, igrac, UN Water
Global Accountability for Water Webinar 15 December Accountability for Water Programme

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