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Knowledge Management

One of the primary goals of the Global WASH Cluster (GWC) is to provide humanitarian water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) actors with timely access to appropriate and accurate knowledge on coordination and response. Knowledge management is one of the key outcomes in the GWC’s Strategic Plan 2022–2025 and focuses on strengthening the knowledge and practice of effective and accountable coordination of timely, predictable and high-quality WASH outcomes across the phases of the humanitarian programme cycle. This embeds cross-cutting themes to ensure inclusive and equitable WASH outcomes and is defined through the application of evidence-based lessons learned, best practices and effective advocacy.

To support this, the GWC has developed and manages a range of tools and resources. The GWC’s main knowledge-exchange platforms are the Coordination Toolkit for National Cluster Platforms (NCPs) and the GWC’s Resource Center, which contains publications and documents extracted from existing databases or specific agency websites, such as peer-reviewed and grey literature success stories, lessons learned, and technical guidance.

Resources

Coordination resources – the GWC Coordination Toolkit

The WASH Coordination Toolkit is a collection of resources to support humanitarian WASH coordinators, information management officers, partners or other interested groups in achieving effective coordination during an emergency response. 

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Technical resources – the GWC Resource Centre

The Global WASH Cluster (GWC), in partnership with Tufts University has established this Resource Centre for emergency water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) responders and national humanitarian WASH coordination platforms. 

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GWC – COVID-19 Repository

The primary aim of the GWC COVID-19 resource page is to centralize WASH specific resources for the pandemic response.

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Other platforms

Here is a collection of humanitarian WASH partner resource websites and useful links.

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GWC knowledge management initiatives and key links

  • GWC and Tufts University – real-time evaluation of humanitarian WASH coordination, 2020
  • Key WASH journals
  • humanitarianresponse.info
  • UNICEF Knowledge Management

Contacts: globalwashcluster@mail.unicef.org.

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