Capacity Building to strengthen Civil Society Organisations engagement in South Asia

Capacity Building to strengthen CSO engagement with SWA Partnership, SACOSANs, and SGDs processes in South Asia

In South Asia one billion people still do not have access to basic sanitation and nearly 700 million people defecate in open every day. Each year more than 70,000 die of diarrhea in Bangladesh and more than 450,000 in India. The developmental approach to address access to adequate water supply and sanitation is known not only a fundamental need but marked a paradigm shift towards human right. There are systematic challenges to achieve improved sanitation that are coupled with growing pressure on water through increasing population, intensive farming, political tensions and environmental degradation and changing climatic conditions. To address these seemingly inherent challenges, it is significant to capacitate SACOSANs – the high level inter governmental platform that exists on sanitation and hygiene in the region. It is important to reflect on Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) amongst CSOs to address mechanism for reconciliation in CSO’s strategic frameworks.

The capacity building training aims to develop shared understanding by reviewing the current functioning and commitments to strengthen SWA, SACOSAN and SGDs, develop capacity of CSOs on policy analysis, budget tracking and advocacy for improved collaboration and networking in South Asia. The training aims CSOs to identify methods and opportunities through developing action plans for SWA, SACOSAN and SGDs in each South Asian country. The Capacity Building Training will be conducted from 25th to 27th November 2015 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Training is organized in partnership with Center for Environmental Justice (CEJ), Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA), and South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies (SaciWATERs) and supported by Cap-Net, UNICEF and End Water Poverty, WaterAid.