We’ve spent the past few years leading a WASH initiative where we’re encouraging colleagues and organisations within our sector to ‘speak-up’ when things go wrong. This has included hosting game shows at conferences, conducting participatory research with frontline WASH staff, writing editorials and developing and promoting The Nakuru Accord: failing better in the WASH sector. This section of the website collates all of that cool stuff – in particular, check out the WASH Game Shows page where you can download materials to run them at your own events!
For an overview of what we’ve learned, check out this issue of Sanitation Learning Hub’s Frontiers of Sanitation: Learning From and Preventing Failure in WASH. You can also watch a recording (~12 mins, you will need to download the pdf) explaining the key messages of the Frontiers.
If you’d like to know more:
- Amplifying local voices to reduce failure in the WASH sector: Research we’ve been conducting with teams in sub-Saharan Africa, investigating why WASH programmes seem to be failing, and what local WASH staff think can be done about it.
- Amplifying WASH voices: a focus on funders: Research with WASH funders about why they think failures occur and what their role could be in reducing them.
- The Nakuru Accord: failing better in the WASH sector: Read and sign the accord – you’ll be in good company!
- WASH Game Shows: Download resources to run your own WASH failure events and check out our ideas for cool prizes!
- We talk shit: Listen, watch and read various things we’ve produced where we talk about WASH failures.
- Allies talk shit: A place to share where our WASH comrades have spoken about failure in their work.