The Global WASH Cluster has the primary mandate of strengthening system-wide preparedness and coordination of technical capacity to respond predictably to humanitarian emergencies, and provide clear leadership and accountability in the main areas of humanitarian response.As priority, the GWC exists to support the achievement of the 6+1 core coordination functions at country level as described in the 2015 IASC Cluster Coordination Reference Module, which supports the effective and predictable delivery of appropriate WASH services for those affected by an emergency.
Within the GWC, the building of capacity for humanitarian response in emergencies has been noted as a priority in regional, national and global forums. This priority is reflected in the GWC Strategic Plan (2016-2020) where capacity building is a key strategic objective.
The GWC Learning and Training Strategy has been developed to address one of the key strategic objectives of the GWC Strategic Plan and align to the Global Cluster Coordination Unit Capacity Development Strategy. Although the Strategy focuses primarily on capacity building for coordination, supporting the availability of, and access to, technical WASH training courses for partners is seen as key to ensuring the quality of a humanitarian WASH response.