Qualitative and sustainable solutions in the humanitarian WASH sector

The Dutch Surge Support (DSS) water programme have called upon the humanitarian sector to leverage the innovation capacity from private partners. On the occasion of the 25th Global WASH Cluster Annual Meeting, DSS water and DCHI launched a Call to Action to explore innovative partnership models and stimulate collaboration between international humanitarian organisations and private actors with the common goal to realize more qualitative and sustainable solutions in the humanitarian WASH sector.

Private sector involvement can offer benefits for both private actors and international humanitarian organisations. Benefits may include, among others, sustainability of aid, cost-effectiveness, durability, corporate social responsibility and the integration of specialists within the humanitarian sector. For private partners, this Call to Action offers an opportunity to engage in humanitarian response operations.

Milestones and Phases

Universal, affordable and sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene is a key public health issue within international development and is the focus of the first two targets of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6). To create a joint impact, innovative methods and digitised processes can help humitarian programmes to reduce their time and efforts spend in searching for local leverage and sustainable partnerships.

In the coming months, DCHI and DSS water will facilitate the first stage of the Call to Action which will consist of 3-4 workshops that will guide the innovative process of:

  1. reframing the question, barriers and opportunities;
  2. finding the right partners;
  3. co-creating and testing in real life situations.

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