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Global WASH Cluster
GWC Monthly Newsletter #7
11 / 08 / 2021
Dear colleagues,
Welcome to the seventh edition of the Global WASH Cluster’s (GWC) 2021 Monthly Newsletter! We are pleased to share in this issue news on the upcoming GWC events at World Water Week, key operational updates and news from partner organizations including ALNAP, PLOS, UNICEF; York University, the Global Menstrual Collective, OXFAM and others. A key section on WASH and Covid-19 includes news from the Covid-19 Hygiene Hub, as well as other partners.

In addition, key documents from national humanitarian WASH coordination platforms are also featured in the operational update section. Highlights this month from countries feature key messages in the new DRC WASH Cluster Dashboard, July 2021 and the Nepal WASH Cluster COVID-19 Response Snapshot.

According to latest estimates from OCHA in July, almost a third of the globally reported COVID-19 cases and half of the globally reported deaths were recorded in countries in the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO)-- more than 4.4 million cases and over 118,000 deaths. In July also, the 27 countries with a humanitarian response plan (HRP) received the most deliveries of COVID-19 vaccinations to date. 27 million doses were delivered to 15 HRP countries in July, bringing the total number of delivered vaccines to 100 million. The increase in deliveries in July is positive, but significant gaps remain. More than 860 million vaccines -- or nine times the total delivered to date -- are still required for HRP countries to reach the WHO's target of vaccinating 40 percent of each countries' populations by the end of the year.

The recent update of the Global Humanitarian Overview shows that the overall funding gap for humanitarian appeals at end-July (2015-2021) is the second-largest ever, with more than $26 billion of needs unmet. The WASH appeals remain overall very poorly funded as of July 2021, with only 9% of all humanitarian appeals funded in 2021 (FTS OCHA).

The GWC recently deployed two members of its Field Support Team (FST) to Mekele in Tigray, Ethiopia to support the cluster with coordination and information management expertise for the coming months. The FST is available through remote support as well as through its helpdesk and is fully available to answer your questions, help you in designing your indicators, review your severity scale, and more for your upcoming HNO/HRP-related activities.

We value showcasing the incredible work National Humanitarian WASH 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 to the next newsletter by Friday, 27th August 2021 to
Best regards,
CAST (Cluster Advocacy and Support Team)
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GWC Collaborations and News
 GWC Upcoming Events at World Water Week 2021 - Save the Dates

This World Water Week will be held fully online and focus on the theme Building Resilience Faster. More than 300 sessions on a broad range of topics will be offered, with a focus on the themes: resilient societies, nature, value chains, cities, and systematic change. All sessions will be available free of charge to registered participants.  The Global WASH Cluster will be co-convening several events at the upcoming World Water Week from 23-27 August held online. We invite all colleagues to save the dates and attend the following events on SIWI's website below:

📅 Humanitarian WASH coordination: from global support to national platform partnership - Tuesday 24 August - 11:00-12:00 CET

📅 Transforming WASH Analysis with a Resilience-Focused Approach: The WASH Severity Classification - Thursday 26 August - 07:00-07:25 CET

📅 WASH Road Map 2025 - Thursday 26 August - 11:00-12:00 CET

We invite ALL partners, members, national coordinators and WASH friends to share this further and register for the sessions in advance!
GWC Humanitarian Response Plan Dashboards 2021 and Priority Country List Update

The GWC Humanitarian Response Plan Dashboards are representing the needs, the response and gaps in Humanitarian Response Plan countries for 2021. Country-level data can be selected through interactive features and show the progress of WASH Clusters/Sectors against HRP indicators, funding data, comparative analyses as well as direct links to cluster/sector operational websites. Access the interactive dashboards below.

The GWC has also recently updated its priority country list 2021  - see the 2021 Mid Year Update here.
Hygiene Promotion Technical Working Groups (TWIG) Update

OXFAM has just been voted as the new lead of the Hygiene Promotion Technical Working Group.

HOW TO BE A MEMBER - Active members of the Global WASH Cluster can apply by email to

As one of its Strategic Principles, the GWC works in partnership with all WASH actors - government, local NGOs, INGOs, development NGOs, academia, private sector - to find solutions to issues arising in humanitarian contexts. The TWiG members commit to participate on a yearly basis. Read more on GWC TWIGs here.
Operational Updates
The Global WASH Cluster provides Operational Support for 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 8 staff (4 x coordinators, 3 x information managers, and 1 x assessment specialist) with the support and oversight of the GWC-Cluster Advocacy and Support Team. 

To access these services national coordinators or information managers can send an email or inquiry to (SWZ-GWC Help Desk). 

We also remind all that the GWC Coordination Toolkit is our live resource for guidance in all matters for coordination, information management and assessments. 

Field Support Team (FST) Deployments

WASH Cluster Coordination Support to Mozambique - Direct Mission

Central and northern Mozambique regions are still recovering from recent cyclones and cholera outbreaks. It was urgent to strengthen emergency preparedness before the next cyclone season. The main purpose of the deployment is to ensure a smooth transition from the current coordination system to a more cost-effective and localized scheme. Jaïnil Didaraly, who is seconded from ACF in his role of WASH Cluster Coordination Mentoring and Capacity Building Specialist to the GWC/FST is providing direct support since 01st June to Mozambique. With this physical deployment, WASH Cluster meetings have shifted fully to Portuguese, allowing better interaction with the Government, including the Health Department.

A mentoring step-by-step program has been designed for the sub-national coordinator, and the GWC Briefing Package for Partners has been translated into Portuguese with an upcoming training of the 6 WASH Coordination District Focal Points.

Also, an Emergency WASH Preparedness and Response training has been organized with MSF, addressed at building the capacity of government counterparts, local and national NGOs as well as major INGO. At national level, a SAG - including local NGOs – as well as a Hygiene Promotion in Emergencies TWiG have been created. NNGOs/CSOs capacity mapping will improve the governance of the Cluster and maximize the engagement of local/NNGOs in the coordination. Read more on the Mozambique WASH Sector Website here
WASH Cluster Coordination Support to Sudan - Direct Mission

On January 2021, clashes erupted in the Krinding area of Al Geneina town. These inter-communal conflict between Masalit and Arab tribes resulted in 237,000 people displaced by conflict in Darfur in the first quarter of 2021. Only inside Geneina town, about 77 gathering points were created and 10,000 outside in similar conditions, with a significant increase in needs. Ewan Chainey, FST Cluster Coordinator with OXFAM was first deployed on March. After that, he worked in a second deployment from 10th June to 24th July.
The main focus of this second deployment was on the same areas as the previous one: provide surge support to coordinate the WASH response for the newly displaced population, plus support priority actions following on from the first mission. Other key areas were the delivery of a coordination training and the formation of a SAG. Concerning the more technical aspects, a Sanitation and Chlorination working groups were established and strong work was developed with FSM Global Twig on contextual de-slugding and FSM site. Furthermore, he worked on the design of a Cholera Preparedness and Response plan validated with WHO, and supporting guidance to OCHA on Reserve for Emergencies (Rfe) for the flood response.
Read more on the Sudan WASH Sector Website here.

HNO & HRP 2021-2022 - Updated Guidance, Webinars and Upcooming Events

HNO 2021 – 2022 | Updated GWC PIN Guidance available in French

This year, we have put together an updated HNO 2021-2022 WASH sectoral guidance which complements the short overview of what was shared previously in this summary. The guidance is now also available in French on the Coordination Toolkit.

The updated guidance includes calculation sheets, useful tips on the PIN development process and the Joint Inter-Sectoral Analysis Framework. Note we also have a dedicated HNO helpdesk that you can reach at: or directly get in contact with Rebecka (

JIAF technical-level trainings
The JIAF have recently pre-recorded technical-level trainings and presentations for colleagues implementing the JIAF in the field. The trainings are available in English at the moment, but by the end of August we will have finalized French and Spanish recordings too, which will be able to found on the JIAF website.

WASH HNO/PIN Support Survey 
We cordially invite you to take part in the WASH HNO/PIN Support survey. The survey aims to demand participants if they need further support from GWC in regards to the HNO and sectoral PIN calculations and which would be the areas in which support would be needed.  Please find here the link to the survey. We will reach out to get in touch with those who have already requested support.

GWC Recent Webinars
Thanks to all who attended the GWC webinar on Integrating Cross-Cutting themes to the HNO and HRPs. We are sharing with you the package of resources and guidance connected to the webinar (slideshow with contact names and multiple resources per cross-cutting theme) and the session recording. We are also grateful for those who attended the GWC webinar on HNO 2022 WASH Sectoral Guidance. We are sharing with you the link to the recorded presentation and supporting documents from the webinar. 

Upcoming GWC Webinars - Thursday 26 August - Targeting and Prioritization of WASH Responses
By the end of the 90-minutes webinar, participants will have a greater understanding of the process to identify WASH caseloads and prioritize the response based on other facts such as capacity and access.    

Upcoming Webinar - Thursday 2 September - Project and/or Activity Costing on HRPs
A session of 90 minutes, and by the end of it, webinar participants will have a greater understanding of some of the pros, cons, challenges, and opportunities of costing methodologies. Participants should be able to discuss and optimize their costings for their 2022 HRPs or multi-year HRPs where applicable.    

Partner Briefing Package Training and Tool - Webinar Recordings 

Thanks to all who attended the GWC webinar on the Partners Briefing Package Training and Tool. We are sharing with you the Partners’ briefing Package available in English, French, Arabic and Spanish and the session recordings (English and French).Feel free to reach out to for further support. 
Resources and Tools from National Humanitarian WASH Coordination Platforms - May 2021:
We encourage all National Humanitarian WASH 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

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: A guidance note for leaving no one behind - This Guidance Note explains what Leaving No One Behind (LNOB) means and sets out how UNICEF and its partners can integrate it fully into their WASH programming.
It describes ways of identifying who is being left behind, where they are, and ways of engaging with them. It also provides information on how to analyze and address their needs.

Read more here

Leveraging the Power of Public Supply Chains to drive change for children every day, across the globe.
This document highlights UNICEF’s unique value proposition and opportunities for partnership with local  and international partners in strengthening national health and supply chain systems. This includes forecasting national needs, deploying last-mile innovations to reach beneficiaries in rural and vulnerable areas, shaping product and supply chain services, mobilizing domestic resources and bridge-funding for supplies, shaping the supply chain workforce, digitalizing supply chains.  Read more here.

Accelerating Hand Hygiene: A Government Leadership Meeting
On 6 July 2021 over 80 people in 35 countries joined a virtual meeting to hear from national leaders on how governments are advancing hand hygiene. Convened by the Hand Hygiene for All initiative (HH4A) initiative on its one-year anniversary, the Accelerating Hand Hygiene webinar highlighted the significant steps countries are taking to ensure hand hygiene is a sustained public health practice long after the current COVID-19 crisis ends. The event shared results from five countries around the world and highlighted the practical steps taken in advancing hand hygiene.

Read more here and access the HH4All newsletter here.

ALNAP – New State of the Humanitarian System (SOHS) Survey

The IASC Clusters are at the core of humanitarian delivery and their members are leading humanitarian practitioners. Your views are critical to helping humanitarian decision-makers understand what is working and not working in humanitarian response.

The SOHS report takes stock of how the humanitarian system is performing and a new edition will be published in mid-2022. As part of the SOHS report, the ALNAP team uses analysis from an Aid Practitioners survey aimed at humanitarian practitioners working in country programmes.

By giving 10-15 minutes of your time to share your views through this survey, you will help ALNAP understand what can be learned to improve humanitarian response for crisis-affected communities. This can help to shape future humanitarian action within your country of operation and globally.

You have until 1st October to complete the survey - click here

World Humanitarian Day 19 August - #TheHumanRace

This day was designated in memory of the 19 August 2003 bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, killing 22 people, including the chief humanitarian in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly formalized the day as World Humanitarian Day (WHD).

Each year, WHD focuses on a theme, bringing together partners from across the humanitarian system to advocate for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises, and for the safety and security of aid workers.

This year, we highlight the immediate human cost of the climate crisis by pressuring world leaders to take meaningful climate action for the world’s most vulnerable people. Read more here.

We encourage all partners and national humanitarian WASH coordination platforms to engage on 19th August through various initiatives and to share social media messages using this package.

PLOS Water - New Open Access journal for research that addresses water sanitation, security, infrastructure, resource management, and sustainable consumption

PLOS Water brings together research of the highest methodological and ethical standards for water as a vital human resource for communities in every region of the world. The journal includes areas of water sanitation and hygiene; sustainable water consumption, management, and supply; resource recovery and utilization; applied water governance and policy; and socio-behavioral research.

Our broad scope breaks down silos between disciplines and sectors to facilitate collaboration across the interconnected issues of water resources management and clean water supply. We empower researchers to use Open Science so that everyone who plays a role in this global issue—including organizations, industry-leaders, local and Indigenous communities, and all members of the public—has unrestricted access to the quality-driven science they need to drive change. Read more here.

Dahdaleh - York University - Humanitarian Water Engineering Intensive Course | 20 September to 3rd December 2021

The Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research (DIGHR) at York University is launching a new Humanitarian Water Engineering Intensive Course this Fall. The course is an opportunity to gain practical knowledge of the design, construction, and operation of water supply systems in emergencies. It will cover both the theoretical fundamentals and the practical considerations of providing safe water, from source to consumer, in humanitarian contexts. 

Course instructors are highly experienced humanitarian water engineering practitioners and researchers, and use curated readings, lectures, and group problem-based learning activities as teaching and learning tools. A certificate will be offered to participants upon successful completion of the intensive course.  The course will be delivered remotely, with a combination of asynchronous and synchronous components, over 10 weeks commencing on September 20, 2021.  Applications are open until the 3rd September.

MHM Working Group - "Share your Menstrual Hygiene Management IEC and training material" - Please share the survey with partners.

Why this project
Meeting menstrual health and hygiene needs in humanitarian contexts is challenging and often under-resourced. A core component of that response is the provision of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) for all who menstruate. Despite a growing number of quality IEC materials, humanitarian actors often do not have access to high curated and context-specific content, forcing them to spend resources and time to develop new content. 
The Aim
To leverage the amazing work that is happening on MHM in Emergencies and empower humanitarian actors, the Global Menstrual Hygiene Management in Emergencies (MHMiE) working group is conducting a mapping of IEC materials, curricula and training material on MHM for use in humanitarian contexts. The aim is to collect and curate high quality MHM content and create a repository of MHM tools available for all humanitarian professionals. To build this repository, the MHMiE working group is asking humanitarian actors to share MHM materials developed in their organisations or those of third parties. We would like to ask you to kindly upload any MHM materials you have via this form Please make sure to share these materials latest by August 31st.
What will happen with this content
The MHMiE working group will first conduct a mapping of all the existing MHM materials for humanitarian contexts. From this mapping, the highest quality material will be shortlisted. After consultation and approval from the developers, the shortlisted materials will be made publicly available via the MHMiE repository for sharing and/or adaptation. This repository will contain a growing number of high-quality, curated, contextualized MHM information and education tools, which will be available to humanitarian actors across the world. Thank you for participating in this mapping and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

OXFAM - Do WASH Programmes Reach the Most Vulnerable People and Groups? Please share the survey with partners.
We cordially invite you to participant in a global survey carried out by Oxfam. The survey aims to gather information on your experience, as a WaSH practitioner on the ground, regarding the extent to which WaSH programmes are reaching the most vulnerable people and groups. The information you share will be used by Oxfam for research purposes only, and to help Oxfam and other organisations strengthen their work in this area. We expect that this survey should take you approximately 15 minutes to complete. Please find here the link to the survey. Please do cascade this to your field teams – to be completed by the 28th of August 2021
Participation in the survey is optional and you are free to not answer any of the questions. No personal information will be collected and any information you share will only be communicated in ways that do not allow anyone to know who you are. For any clarifications, please contact Lama Abdul Samad on

WASH and Covid-19
Learning brief: Strengthening the Monitoring and Evaluation of COVID-19 Prevention Programmes

The GWC recently collaborated with the Covid-19 Hygiene Hub and the Global Handwashing Partnership to develop a learning brief that summarises lessons learned about the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of COVID-19 prevention programmes. In this brief, it is described how M&E approaches have changed during the pandemic and outline 6 ways to strengthen future programmatic learning. The lessons shared in this brief are drawn from the work of the COVID-19 Hygiene Hub. These insights emerged from:

  • Hundreds of informal conversations with programme implementers across 65 countries between April 2020 and May 2021.

  • More than 50 in-depth technical support initiatives.

  • More than 70 interviews with COVID-19 response organisations, donors and coordination mechanisms.

  • 10 discussions with humanitarian organisations about common M&E challenges as part of a collaboration with the Global WASH Cluster.

This learning brief is designed to complement the COVID-19 Hygiene Hub resources on M&E and our list of external resources on this topic. Read more here.

A webinar was held on 3rd August and provides an overview of key M&E lessons learned during the pandemic. It is based on the Hygiene Hub's recent learning brief on monitoring and evaluation, which can be found here. Watch below for more information. We wish to thanks Hygiene Hub and GHP colleagues as well as Aya Housheimi from NRC Lebanon for her contribution to the Hygiene Hub M&E Covid-19 webinar on August 3rd. 

Covid-19 Hygiene Hub Updates

The Covid-19 Hygiene Hub also have an update to their summary report on surface transmission and two new case studies for you, one about a collaborative approach to learning about Risk Communication and Community Engagement among refugees and host communities in Uganda, and one from WaterAid who are working with the national government in Nepal to promote COVID-19 hygiene behaviour change on the back of routine immunisation programmes.

If you have a question for the Hygiene Hub, need technical support or would like to share your project, get in touch with us at

Latest WASH & Covid-19 New Updates From Partners

  • IMMAP - The COVID-19 Situation Analysis Project Platform is now online! - 11 August 2021 - Access here
  • ALNAP - New 'M&E during COVID-19' paper series - August 2021 - Access here
  • ALNAP - How is COVID-19 transforming M&E? - August 2021 - Access here
  • Science Direct - COVID-19 water, sanitation, and hygiene response: Review of measures and initiatives adopted by governments, regulators, utilities, and other stakeholders in 84 countries - August 2021 - Access here
  • WHO - What you need to know about the Delta Variant - August 2021 - Access here
  • LSHTM - Latest Covid-19 Updates - August 2021 - Access here
  • RCCE Collective Service - Data synthesis: public perceptions of the COVID-19 vaccinations - August 2021 - Access here
  • ODI - Local humanitarian action during Covid-19: findings from a diary study - 15 July 2021 - Access here
Inter-Cluster Updates
IASC - Key & Latest Resources - July 2021

Mapping of IASC Coordination Structures at Country Level in 2020
The note maps 2020 data on IASC coordination structures and processes, capacities, and alignment with IASC coordination requirements across 28 humanitarian operations. It includes information on Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs), clusters/sectors, Inter-Cluster Coordination Groups and issues such as HCT Protection Strategies, Accountability to Affected People (AAP), Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), Gender-Based Violence (GBV), Localization and Humanitarian-Development Collaboration.  

Management Response Plan (MRP), Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluation on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls.pdf

Mr. Martin Griffiths assumes new position as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
Inter-Agency - The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021

This year’s The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) summarizes the first global assessment of food insecurity and malnutrition for 2020 and offers some indication of what hunger and malnutrition would look like by 2030, in a scenario further complicated by the enduring effects of the pandemic.

Nearly one-tenth of the world population – up to 811 million people went hungry in 2020. After remaining virtually unchanged for five years, world hunger increased last year. Further, it is projected that around 660 million people may still face hunger in 2030, 30 million more people than in a scenario in which the pandemic had not occurred, due to lasting effects of COVID-19 on global food security. The setback makes the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal for zero hunger and ending all forms of malnutrition more challenging. Read more here.

FMR 67 Public Health and WASH / Non-signatory States and the International Refugee Regime
The latest issue of Forced Migration Review, now online, includes two features. In the Public health and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) feature, authors discuss challenges, responses and innovations across a wide range of settings, and identify learning which could help inform future public health and WASH work with forced migrants. Meanwhile, in the second feature, authors explore the status of protection in non-signatory States, examining in particular the role of UNHCR, civil society and legal actors in facilitating access to protection for refugees and asylum seekers. This issue is available in two formats: a 68-page magazine and a 6-page Editors’ briefing, both online at It will also be available in Arabic, French and Spanish. FMR is Open Access and free of charge. For print copies, please email
Webinar/Event link Date & time Organisation
31st SuSanA Meeting 16-20 August SuSanA
Stockholm World Water Week 23-27 August SIWI
WRRmod 2021: 7th IWA Water Resources
Recovery Modelling Seminar
21-25 August 2021 IWA
Regional Workshop WASH in Emergencies 2021 
Africa (FR)
30 August - 3 September GWN
Operation and Maintenance of WASH
Infrastructure Webinar Series
1 September-19 October PRO-WASH
42nd WEDC International Conference 13-15 September  WEDC
XVII World Water Congress 13-17 September IWRA

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