For this coming year’s meeting the focus will be on the Capacity of the WASH Sector. Since the 2014 MSF report "Where is Everyone" (link) and the 2017 Brussels WASH Meeting, this topic has continued grow in importance. It was accelerated during recent exchanges between the GWC, the Inter-Agency WASH Group and other key stakeholders about how we can collectively address some of the largest challenges facing our sector. The intended outcomes of this of this meeting is to have concrete and actionable recommendations at the end of 2 days which we will be presented to the Emergency Directors and donors to get their support.

For information, the 9th Emergency Environmental Health Forum will be held from the 18th (afternoon) to the 19th June (end of day). A separate registration process can be accessed here. On the 20th of June, Emergency Directors and Donors (including SAG members and the WASH interagency group) will meet to discuss the asks and recommendations identified during the GWC Partners Meeting - this meeting is by invitation only.

With this note therefore, the Global WASH Cluster (GWC) extends an invitation to all its members / WASH partners to attend the meeting.

What You Need to Know:

GWC Annual Meeting Dates: 17th – 18th June 2019

Venue: Hotel Royal, Geneva, Switzerland

Participants: WASH partners

For Your Action:

  • Register: To confirm your participation, please register here by 27th May 2019.
  • Contribute to the agenda (download here)  if you have any additional inputs/ suggestions by sending an email to Aliocha Salagnac, GWC Event Coordinator: and before the 20th May 2019.
  • Contact us if you have any technical difficulties with the registration on the GWC email with the subject title "GWC annual meeting registration" to:
  • Logistics: for accommodation, visa support and other inquiries, download the administrative note here.

Since there are limited spots available, kindly make sure that you are committed to attend and also supported by your organisation before registering. 

We will send you more information - including an updated agenda and detailed programme of side events - closer to the dates.

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Market and cash based interventions are becoming a central aspect of the humanitarian response, including for the WASH sector.

The GWC has included Market and Cash as one of the priority topics for capacity building, and initiated the development of a 5 days residential Market Based Programming for WASH in Emergency (MBPWIE) training with the GWC TWiG on CASH and Market. The training modules were developed in 2018, with a first pilot delivered in Nairobi for the ESA region in Nov 2018.

Training material are now being revised based on lesson learned and feedback from first pilot. A second pilot is planned in September 2019 in Indonesia for the EAP region. A Training of trainer will be organized in 2020 to ensure roll out at global level.

It will be delivered by WASH and cash experts. It targets NGOs and UNICEF staff wishing to develop their knowledge and skills for cash and market based intervention for WASH.

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