Since 1997, WSSCC has operated with a decentralised approach. First, this took shape in developing a presence in various world regions. More recently, it has meant catalysing action at the country level. WSSCC`s national and regional representatives play an important role in taking forward the global agenda and translating it into operational activities on the ground, through programmes of action that prioritise advocacy and awareness raising, networking and alliance building, developing a knowledge base, and monitoring progress. Part of this is the establishment of national and regional WASH campaigns.
WSSCC encourages the launch of regional and national WASH campaigns (backed by annual programmes) in as many developing countries and regions as possible. WSSCC now has regional representatives and national coordinators in place in 7 regions and 33 countries spread over the developing world. They are involved in a range of regional and national activities, mostly but not exclusively, linked to the development of regional and national WASH campaigns. The links hereunder describe the activities carried out and progress made in most countries and regions over the year 2003, with a division between Action Plans that received catalytic funding from WSSCC, and those that did not receive catalytic funding to date.
Thematic Programme Activities
Since its beginning in the early nineteen nineties, WSSCC has always had a varying number of thematic working groups in place. Following the Fifth Global Forum, in November 2000, the number of thematic working groups was rationalised to ensure a clearer focus and concentration of efforts. Furthermore, the shift in priorities that led the Council to focus primarily on advocacy and communications since 2000 has had implications for its thematic activities. Still an integral part of WSSCC operations, the activities of thematic working groups and networks have been re-oriented to supply the evidence base that underpins advocacy. Moreover, the groups are instrumental in producing those tools required to ensure the appropriate `response to advocacy`.
Benefits of Joining WSSCC
Becoming part of a global, national and local community through WSSCC will bring you several tangible benefits, including amongst others:
- Network contacts to other members working in your field of interest
- A range of advocacy and communication materials for local adaptation and application
- Contact with organizations and institutions working in your country, or region, or internationally
- A regular news service (SOURCE weekly) in English, French and (shortly) Spanish, free of charge
- Tailor made briefings on topics of your chosen WSSCC interest group, delivered directly to your email account
- Notification of WSSCC events, globally and locally
- Access to full text or hard copy publications that WSSCC has helped to produce