GWP-UNICEF Facilitate Capacity Building Training on WASH Climate Resilient Development

In 2014, GWP and UNICEF established a strategic partnership to work on climate resilience and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH). While the world’s focus is currently on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and its immediate consequences, the GWP-UNICEF collaboration is preparing for the next phase of this crisis: the support needed once governments begin to rebuild economies and introduce recovery plans to bring renewed, sustainable progress in their countries.

In this context, as part of the GWP – UNICEF collaboration on climate resilient WASH, and in collaboration with Cap-Net, an online course has been being facilitated to provide an introduction on how to design and implement WASH climate resilience programming. 

The course covers all quadrants of the Strategic Framework for WASH Climate Resilience, beginning with how to assess the climate risks and the policy/strategy situation in-country, and identify and appraise interventions.  Specific solutions, including technology options, are also discussed, along with how to effectively monitor and move forward with the WASH climate resilience agenda. Options for WASH-climate related financing are part of the last module of the training.

The objective of the course is to build the capacity of WASH sector professionals to improve existing WASH programmes, making them more sustainable and climate-resilient. 

While the course was initially open to a maximum of 80 participants, there were so many requests that 140 participants were admitted to this first roll out. Participants include UNICEF staff, members of GWP Country Water Partnerships or Regional/GWPO Staff, members of Cap-Net affiliated networks, and selected representatives of national ministries or water/sanitation agencies which are part of National or State (Provincial) Governments.

The course started on Monday 8th June and covers 5 modules with two assignments. GWP course facilitator José Gesti explains, “It’s really timely that the GWP-UNICEF collaboration has been able to materialize this training. The world was not ready for COVID-19, nobody expected the impacts of a pandemic of this magnitude, but the world knows very well about the impacts of climate change, and strategic action is needed. This online course explains to participants the tools that are available to support concerted and coordinated action in the WASH sector, linking to global, national and subnational climate mitigation and adaptation planning, and setting the foundations for WASH programmes that are robust and informed by climate and other risks.”

The first roll out of the course is expected to be completed on September 13th and future editions will be duly announced.

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