Webinar Highlights

Building resilience and sustainability in disaster-prone and fragile contexts

On 1 September 2021, the Triple Nexus in WASH – Initiative”, led by the Global WASH Clusters (GWC), Sanitation and Water for all (SWA), UNICEF and the German WASH Network hosted an interactive WASH Triple Nexus webinar. Here you can watch the video recording.


The global initiative aims to strengthen WASH policy makers’ and practitioners’ understanding of the key concepts of the WASH Triple Nexus Operational Framework and their application. Based on case studies from Uganda, Honduras and Burkina Faso, the event helped to demystify the approach and demonstrate effective collaboration to achieve WASH outcomes that promote resilience and sustainable development and, where possible, contribute to social cohesion and peace. Further input from USAID and the German WASH Network fuelled discussion on how to build global support for scaling up the approach.


For countries prone to disaster and the effects of climate change, the WASH Triple Nexus approach focuses on effective collaboration to achieve evidence-based WASH outcomes. It builds resilience and sustainable development, and contribute to social cohesion and peace, where relevant. Unlike existing approaches that fail in many contexts by separating humanitarian and development interventions, this approach seeks to form successful multi-stakeholder collaboration between humanitarian and development (and peace) actors. This approach is based on the unique comparative advantage of each partner.

Event Date Time
Webinar via Zoom 1 Sep, 2021 2 pm (CEST) 90 min English Closed (unlimited places)

Overall Objectives

Main goals of the initiative are to:

  1. Generate global support to upscale the humanitarian, development, and peace nexus approach in water insecure, disaster prone, fragile and climate affected contexts.
  2. Provide an evidence-based framework for WASH policy makers and practitioners to operationalize the WASH triple nexus in their context.
  3. Provide practical case studies that support the WASH triple nexus framework, demonstrating how to operationalise core principles of collaboration, inclusion, risk reduction, accountability, strengthening national systems, and “do no harm.”

Event objectives

The session aims to:

  1. Make key concepts of the WASH triple nexus operational framework clear and provide an understanding of how to apply them.
  2. Show hot to review their own and future policy and programs within the lens of the WASH triple nexus approach.
  3. Encourage to exchange knowledge through lively participatory discussion (and groupwork), an opportunity to both learn and share knowledge


Among the confirmed speakers are:

  • Sareen Malik (Executive Secretary of the African Civil Society Network for Water and Sanitation (ANEW), Vice Chair of Steering Committee of SWA)
  • Jeffrey Goldberg (Director, Centre for Water Security, Sanitation and Hygiene, USAID)
  • Dr. Callist Tindimugaya (Commissioner, Directorate of Water Resources Management, Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda)
  • Elsa Servellon (Director, Centro Nacional de Información del Sector Social CENISS, Honduras)
  • Martina Rama (Coordinator, WASH Cluster, Burkina Faso)
  • Tim Grieve (Consultant, German WASH Network)

This event will be facilitated by Sareen Malik and Thilo Panzerbieter (Chair, German WASH Network)


SWA Members (all constituencies), GWC Partners, GWN Members, UNICEF, UNHCR, RC&RC, Development Partner and Banks, Humanitarian and Development Donors

Global Partners

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