Kathmandu : From today through to 5 December, Nepal is hosting the first Water for Women Fund Regional Learning Event in South Asia – ‘Systems strengthening for inclusive WASH – leaving no one behind’. The Event is being jointly convened by SNV in Nepal and the Australian Government’s AU$110.6 million flagship Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program, the Water for Women Fund.
Ms Renee Paxton, from the Australian Government said, “This Learning Event focuses on probably the single most important thing to achieve inclusive WASH services that stand the test of time, that is, by strengthening systems.”
Alison Baker, the Water for Women Fund Manager, emphasized, “Through the Fund, we are raising the bar on gender and social inclusion. Fund partners are committed to improving access to appropriate WASH services for those with a disability, sexual and gender minorities, and other marginalized communities.”
The event is being facilitated by SNV’s Global Sector Coordinator for WASH, Ms Antoinette Kome, which gathers 50 participants from the Water for Women Fund projects and partners across seven countries in South and South East Asia.
Water for Women is delivering 18 WASH projects in 15 countries and 11 research projects over five years (2018-2022).Water for Women will improve access to safe and affordable water and improve sanitation and hygiene practices for an estimated 2.9 million people in the Asia Pacific.
SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation that focuses on three sectors: agriculture, energy and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and has a long-term, local presence in over 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.