Aidenvironment accelerates WASH through Planning at Local Level Training in Nepal

From 27 – 29 of June 2016, more than 25 participants from INGOs, NGOs and governmental organizations in Nepal participated in a training called ‘Accelerating WASH through planning at local level’ in Kathmandu. Aidenvironment and HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal facilitated this training, which was focusing on improving access to WASH through local planning.  

Specific objectives of this training were:
1. To enhance technical capacity to implement WUMP+3R;
2. To provide technical insights on 3R technologies for WASH;
3. To share lessons learned on WUMP+3R technologies and implementation in Nepal;
4. To come to a shared understanding on WUMP+3R for WASH acceleration and raise on the benefits of the WUMP+3R approach.
The training was part of the Nepal WASH Alliance program 2016 and funded by the WASH Alliance International. As the agenda of the WASH Alliance International is focusing on acceleration of WASH, the facilitators also targeted non-Nepal WASH Alliance organizations to participate in this training, as acceleration can only come from collaboration between different sectors and stakeholders.
The training was highly interactive and received a lot of positive feedback. The training consisted of three days, which started with a one-day introduction on water user master planning (WUMP) and 3R (water recharge, retention and re-use) options.

DSC_0528 The first day was opened by Mona Sherpa, deputy director of HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal, and Surya Bahadur Sherpa, chairperson of the Steering Committee of the Nepal WASH Alliance. In their opening speeches they both highlighted the importance of appropriate local planning tools that have an integrated approach, not only addressing WASH but also looking into challenges and opportunities in other development sectors, like agriculture and energy. Inclusiveness was seen as key to ensure that all people are heard in the development of the plan and to ensure that the plan is grounded on local ownership. Only by having a truly integrated and inclusive approach we can move towards plans that will lead to livelihood improvement, now and in the future. During the training days, special attention was given to the assessment phase, and more specifically to the technical assessment. The catchment approach, which looks beyond administrative boundaries, the concept of 3R (recharge, retention and re-use) of water resources to ensure sufficient water availability now and in the future and appropriate technology selection received a lot of interest and were seen as useful tools that can ensure more sustainable WASH plans, as they take into account (a.o.) climate change.
UNICEF and the Nepal WASH Alliance closed the training by presenting how they could use WUMP in their work. The Nepal WASH Alliance focused on direct application for their potential upcoming multi-year program and actually stated that all WASH plans should be following the WUMP and catchment approach. UNICEF focused more on their role in influencing Sector Development Plans and integrating WUMP at a higher policy and program level.
The third day was closed officially by Kalawati Pokhrel, country coordinator of the Nepal WASH Alliance. In her speech she emphasized the importance of local planning approaches in WASH and these interlink with other development sectors. She emphasized that trainings like these are important for knowledge building, but also for creating momentum for stepping out of our regular programs and projects and look at opportunities for working together. Only if we work together, can we reach scale and ensure sustainable access to WASH in Nepal.
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