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Global WASH Cluster
GWC Monthly Newsletter #1
01 / 02 / 2022
Dear colleagues,
Welcome to the first edition of the GWC 2022 Monthly Newsletter! We are pleased to share in this issue news from December 2021 and January 2022 on the upcoming Global WASH Cluster (GWC) and Environmental Health Forum (EEHF) annual events, key operational coordination updates, and fresh news from partner organizations including Sanitation and Water for All (SWA), the World Water Forum, PRO-WASH, SUPSI, The Sanitation Hub, WaterAid and others.

In addition, key documents from national humanitarian WASH coordination platforms are also featured in the operational update section. Highlights from countries this month showcase the Afghanistan - WASH Severity Classification (WSC): Overview and the Somalia WASH Cluster Drought and Water Crisis: Call for urgent action to address critical water needs.
We remind all that 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, 24th February 2021 to

We also would like to remind all that the GWC communicates and relays partner information on Twitter and Linkedin to connect WASH cluster/sector professionals and advertise new vacancies related to WASH coordination / WASH in emergencies.
We are very much looking forward to this coming year, as we are entering a new phase and vision with the upcoming GWC's Strategic Plan 2022- 2025. On behalf of CAST, we would like to again wish you the best of hope for this year, and we look forward to our continued collaboration and engagement in 2022!

Best regards,
CAST (Cluster Advocacy and Support Team)
Photo credits: © UNICEF/UN0583961/
GWC Collaborations and News
GWC Annual Meeting and Environmental Health Forum 2022

We are pleased to confirm with you the dates for the 26th Global WASH Cluster Annual Meeting which will be an interactive event, held both online and face-to-face from 16th and 17th of May 2022. In order to optimize attendance, please note that the Emergency Environmental Health Forum (EEHF, see call for abstracts here) will be held on the same week and online from 18th-19th of May 2022.
📅 Mark your calendars and read more here.
Training on Epidemiology and Data Collection Methods for WASH in Emergencies by the CDC, GWC and UNICEF - Call for Interest

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Global WASH Cluster (GWC) and UNICEF have partnered since June 2017 to strengthen the knowledge of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) practitioners on epidemiology and improve the relevance of the specific WASH sector response within the multi-sectoral response during public health emergencies.
As part of this collaboration, we are thrilled to announce a one-week face-to-face training session on “Epidemiology and Data Collection Methods for WASH in Emergencies” to be delivered from March 21st-25th, 2022 in Abuja, Nigeria.

Kindly note that candidates need to be sponsored by their organization for accommodation and travel as GWC/UNICEF/CDC will only cover lunch and venue.
📅 Mark your calendars and read more 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 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 (SWZ-GWC Help Desk). 

in 2022, CAST & the Field Support Team will be holding a series of events for national coordination teams on assessment, information management, cross-cutting themes, targetting, prioritization, costing for HRPs as well as advocacy throughout 2022. These events will be targetting national WASH coordinators and information managers and offer key learning and knowledge exchange experiences.

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 Chad – Direct Mission

In addition to multiple ongoing emergencies in Chad, 2021 saw unprecedented floods across the country, affecting over 250,000 people and resulting in areas heavily impacted directly or by rainfall deficits.

Following the challenge to fill the position of the National Coordinator role in the given context and the general deterioration, FST support was requested to finalize the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). This additional capacity has been provided through Karl Lellouche, Cluster Coordinator with Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), from 15th November to 10th December 2021. During this period, the cluster collaboration with all WASH implementing partners was key to evaluating the combined humanitarian WASH needs and plan for the overall 2022 WASH response.

In this capacity, his priorities embraced data assimilation, workshop conduction to increase overall coordination, production, and submission of HNO and HRP, recommendations for cluster capacity support 2022, and support to the newly recruited national WASH sector coordinator.

Read more on the Chad WASH Sector Website here.

Field Support Team (FST) Deployments

WASH Cluster Coordination Support to South Sudan – Direct Mission

The recent floods in South Sudan affected more than 1 million individuals mainly in the northern states (Unity, Upper Nile). The response to the needs remains limited due to poor funding, access challenges, and limited partners’ capacity. To support the scaling up of the response in Unity State given the high risk of acute watery diseases and cholera outbreaks, the FST deployed Ewan Chainey, Cluster Coordinator with OXFAM, as sub-national WASH Cluster Coordinator to Bentiu, South Sudan. He was deployed on January 11th and is expected to be on mission until late February 2022.

The main focus of his deployment is to support day-to-day operational coordination with partners, the development of advocacy messages, response quality monitoring, and the mainstreaming of Accountability to Affected Populations in WASH programming. Further, his tasks include GBV mitigation measures, disability inclusion, and capacity building of coordinating staff and partners.

Read more on the South Sudan WASH Sector Website here

Stories From the Field - North-East Nigeria Infrastructure Mapping

The humanitarian crisis in North East Nigeria remains one of the largest most complex humanitarian crises in the world. As the insurgency by non-state armed groups (NSAGs) continues to affect local communities, the conflict has entered its twelfth year. Exacerbating factors such as severe food insecurity and disease outbreaks, including the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, the economic downturn due to the conflict, has resulted in continuous displacement, lack of humanitarian access and high needs in WASH as well as other sectors.

Displaced people fill buckets and other containers with fresh water in General Hospital Camp for IDPs in Bama, Borno State, Nigeria. Photo Credits: UN0119016/VladSokhin

According to the 2020 Multi-Sectoral Needs Assessment (MSNA), 74% of households in Borno State have a WASH sectoral need. As the crisis in the region continues, it is increasingly necessary to address facility information gaps through increased coordination, proper facility registration, and broad information sharing in order to improve the quality of WASH-related humanitarian assistance. The Nigeria WASH Sector requires to have a common assessment process, both for rapid assessment needs but also for planning the overall WASH response. There is also a need to set up a baseline of WASH infrastructure, which will enable planning and identify critical gaps in the response.

To support these requirements, Juan Luis Lopez, FST Surge Support, was deployed to Maiduguri, Borno State from 3rd to 20th November 2021 to coordinate and implement a WASH infrastructure assessment in the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Bama, Damboa and Ngala, Borno State. The objectives of the assessment were to provide up-to-date information on the location and status (functionality and accessibility) of WASH infrastructure in key programming sites and to contribute to a centralized database of WASH infrastructure available to WASH cluster partners and local government.

The results showed significant gaps, with just below half of all assessed infrastructure being fully functional across the three towns. The findings also pointed out poor safety attributes with only 20 percent of latrines used by women having a privacy wall, 3 percent having a light outside the facility and 53 percent with lockable doors observed.
Next to the infrastructure sweep, a successful training of trainers was conducted as well as a pilot joint exercise between the Sector Lead (UNICEF), three leading sector members (IMC, FHI 360 and Intersos), and the government (RUWASSSA) to strengthen assessment framework and resources.
Download the factsheets in PDF - Bama - Damboa - Ngala
Read more about the Nigeria WASH Sector here

Global Humanitarian Needs Overview 2021 (GHO) - End of Year Update

According to OCHA, funding for the GHO 2021 was $18.2 billion or 48 percent of requirements at the end of December, with significant new funding reported since the end of November for the Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Ethiopia plans, as well as the plans for the Syria Region and Rohingya crises. Both the amount received for the GHO and the coverage of needs is higher than at the same time in 2020 ($17.9 billion and 46 percent, respectively). Coverage of the plans in the GHO varies widely, with only 20 out of 45 appeals funded at or above the global average.

Total reported humanitarian funding of $26.4 billion is also higher than at the end of December 2020 ($25.7 billion).

The GHO 2022 launched on 2 December 2021 requires $41 billion to assist 183 million of the 235 million people in need in 63 countries. Read more here.

The GHO 2022 can also be accessed here.

Resources and Tools from National Humanitarian WASH Coordination Platforms - November 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
R2HC Funding Now Available for your Humanitarian Health Research

ELRHA is seeking expressions of interest for two research calls to strengthen the public health evidence base in humanitarian settings:

1. Call for research proposals in response to current or anticipated health crises.

2. Call for research proposals to strengthen health systems.

Proposals must demonstrate demand for evidence and plans for the rapid uptake and application of research findings within humanitarian health policy, programming and/or practice. Proposals focusing on needs of women and girls are particularly encouraged. The studies will be up to 18 months in length. 
Apply by 15th March 2022
Find out more here
Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) Youth Strategy 2021-2025
Young people are key stakeholders in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector – from being directly affected by lack of service provisions in schools (especially girls and women) and in communities, to marginalization in decision-making.

Despite being a significant political constituency, young people are not consulted in 2 out of 3 countries during the process of preparing poverty reduction strategies or national development plans.(1)

Therefore, the key objective of this Youth Strategy is to guide the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) partnership to: "use SWA processes and activities to support youth in their role as dynamic agents of change in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector, while also using the youth’s voice within the partnership to better design and implement SWA processes and activities." Read more here.
Register now to participate in the 9th World Water Forum
Under the theme of "Water Security for Peace and Development", the 9th World Water Forum will be held in Dakar from 21st to 26th March 2022. Organised for the first time in sub-Saharan Africa, the Forum will provide a unique platform for professionals and decision-makers to address the priority of accelerating and expanding access to water and sanitation for all. In an era marked by Covid-19, the Forum will also contribute to building a resilient world where water is a central element in serving the essential needs of people and the planet. Read more and register here.

PRO-WASH  -  Curated Site of Online WASH Training Sessions
PRO-WASH actively curates online trainings to assist the global WASH community. Courses are available on a wide range of topics including general WASH, water quality and infrastructure, household water treatment, sanitation and menstrual hygiene, WASH systems and SBC. All courses are free of cost unless otherwise specified. If you have additional trainings you think would be useful for the WASH community, please send them to us at

Access the training sessions here

Local Government Leadership in Sanitation and Hygiene: Experiences and Learnings

English & French event – 3rd February 2022  11:00 -  12:30 - Online (Zoom)

WASH system-strengthening approaches highlight the centrality of government leadership and political will for equitable and sustainable services. However, guidance on how to foster political will is limited, particularly in sanitation and hygiene and at the local government level, where the responsibility for implementation often sits. Read more here

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Humanitarian and Developing contexts

The third edition of our Certificate of Advanced Studies in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for humanitarian and developing contexts (CAS WASH) is almost ready to go.
This study program is jointly organized by the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag-ETH) and the University of Neuchâtel (UniNE).
It consists of 3 theoretical modules delivered in distance learning (17th March – 30th June 2022) and a practical module delivered in Mendriso, Switzerland (30th September – 8th October 2022). 
Registration deadline: 28th February 2022. For more information see this PDF , or visit 

WaterAid | The Girls Who Turned To Water - Video

WASH and Covid-19

Latest WASH & Covid-19 New Updates From Partners

  • COVID-19 Data Explorer: Global Humanitarian Operations Monthly Highlights, Special 2021 Edition - View here
  • RCCE Collective Latest Updates - 17th January 2022 - View here
  • Analysis of the adaptation, innovation and coping mechanisms of humanitarian organizations in the context of limited access to information during the COVID-19 pandemic - COVID-19 Situational analysis project - iMMAP - December 2021 - Download here
  • Latest ALNAP Covid-19 Learnring Updates - December 2021 - here
  • WHO RCCE Collective Service, please sign-up for updates here
  • WHO COVID-19 vaccine newsletter, please sign-up for updates here
  • WHO Infodemic Management newsletter, please sign-up for updates here
  • COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan, please read here the Weekly Operational Update.
Inter-Cluster Updates
IASC New Resources

IASC Guidance Understanding and Addressing Bureaucratic and Administrative Impediments to Humanitarian Action: Framework for a System-wide Approach

This framework has been developed to support Humanitarian Coordinators (HCs) and Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs) better collectively understand and address Bureaucratic and Administrative Impediments (BAI) to the work of humanitarian actors.

In 2019, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) recognized that Bureaucratic and Administrative Impediments (BAI) were a significant and growing barrier to humanitarian operations. The Operational Policy and Advocacy Group (OPAG) Results Group 1 on Operational Response (RG1) tasked an inter-agency BAI subgroup (co-chaired by InterAction and ICVA with UNHCRWFPOCHAIOMSave the ChildrenNRCUNICEFIFRC), to carry forward a workplan to collectively examine BAI in more depth, and to generate practical tools and guidance for Humanitarian Coordinators (HCs) and Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs) in humanitarian settings worldwide.

List of Humanitarian Coordinators (HCs), January 2022
2021 IASC External Review of PSEA/SH
Upcoming Events
Webinar/Event link                                   Date & time                   Organisation
Local government leadership in sanitation
and hygiene:experiences and learnings
3 February  11-12.30 CET Sanitation Hub
World Water-Tech Innovation Summit 22-23 February WWT
Middle East and North Africa Climate
Week 2022
28 Feb - 3 March UNCC
Annual GTFCC Meeting  9-10 March GTFCC
Colorado WASH Symposium 10-11 March Colorado
Water Summit for Global Development
2022 : Catching up with urbanisation

15 March Inter-Agency
9th World Water Forum 21-26 March WWF

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Child looks down as women collect water in the IDP camp that has been pumped from the purification plant. Nile water purification plant. New water purification plant and pipeline pumping clean water to 70,000 in Juba town and to 30,000 in internally displaced people’s (IDP) camp. November 2021.
© UNICEF/UN0574284/Rich/Photogr
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