Regional Exchange Forum

Rationale

Rationale

The global Triple Nexus in WASH – Initiative [1] invites to a series of Regional Exchange Forums in the regions Africa, Asia and MENA. The first forum will be convened by the German WASH Network, in collaboration with the Global WASH Cluster, Sanitation and Water for All and UNICEF for the Eastern & Southern Africa region, but held online because of the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions.

Based on effective peer-to-peer exchange and mutual learning formats the initiative aims to identify common challenges and solutions to achieve collective WASH outcomes across the humanitarian, development and peace sectors. The evidence gathered from concrete field examples and the final recommendations of the Regional Exchange Forum will inform the development of a “Joint Operating Framework” for the Triple Nexus at the global level and can provide input to upcoming global events.

One of the core elements of the WASH Triple Nexus is to promote coherence among the WASH sector practitioners and policy makers at all levels from regional to community. To promote this coherence the initiative will facilitate two parallel consultative processes to prepare for a joint Regional Exchange Forum Africa[2] targeting:

Stream 1          WASH practitioners working at the district or field level

Stream 2          WASH sector/cluster coordinators, decision and policy makers working at national level

In the two streams, the respective target groups will have a chance pitch their own cases of good practices and lessons. They will discuss common challenges and recommendations with great potential for successful collaboration at the Triple Nexus, to allow for an informed dialog at the main event (Regional Exchange Forum) on 2 March 2022. A full overview of the process can be found on the last page of the Concept Note.


Key Data

 

Event Regional Exchange Forum with preparatory Practitioner and Policy Stream
Date
  • Preparatory Process: December 2021 to February 2022
  • Regional Exchange Forum: 2 March 2022
Participants
  • Stream 1: WASH practitioners
  • Stream 2: WASH sector/cluster coordinators, decision and policy makers

from all constituencies: Government, External Support Agencies (UN, Donors, Banks), CSO, Research & Learning, Private Sector and Utilities

Language English
Location Online, with the possibility of creating “local hubs” that physically meet
Region East & Southern Africa (ESA Region)

[1] This initiative contributes to the Humanitarian WASH Roadmap 2020-2025 (Initiative 3.5). The initiative is led by the German WASH Network, Global WASH Cluster, Sanitation and Water for All and UNICEF and represents a partner consortium including ACF, GWN/Arche Nova, GWN/WHH, IFRC, IMC, IOM, PAH, Save the Children, Solidarités International and UNHCR.

[2] The forums for Asia and MENA will follow in 2022. Whether they can be held as regional face-to-face meetings and how the preparation and consultation process will be designed will be determined at a later stage.


Practitioner Stream

Practitioner Stream – Call for Inputs

This call for input and consultative process aims at identifying common challenges and promising solutions in operationalising the Triple Nexus in WASH at the practitioner level. Case studies can be experiences from projects in which cross-sector collaboration takes place or collective outcomes are to be achieved (e.g. strengthening resilience incl. crisis prevention, mitigation, transition in and out of crisis, inclusion of vulnerable groups, sustainability, or conflict sensitivity and peace building).

The practitioner stream is structured around a series of online sessions (with the option to form small local cluster meetings so teams can meet in one location). The four 2-3 hour virtual sessions will be facilitated by the regional host Sign of Hope between December 2021 and February 2022.

1.    Meeting: Kick-Off 14 Dec, 2021
2.    Meeting: Case Study Pitches 13 Jan, 2022
3.    Workshop: Challenges, lessons and promising solutions 27 Jan, 2022
4.    Workshop: Development of practice to policy recommendations 10 Feb, 2022

Application

Only teams or individuals who submit a relevant case study to be presented later in the sessions can qualify for participation in the four consecutive meetings. In order to include as many practitioner perspectives as possible we highly encourage multi-stakeholder teams collaborating at the district level to apply and participate as “nexus hubs” in the practitioner stream. Single entities can apply on behalf of “nexus hubs”. Individuals are also welcome.

Please apply until 3 December, 2021

PLEASE APPLY HERE

Further Information

 

Format Series of online meetings (with the option of forming small local cluster meetings so that teams can sit together in one place)
Date & Duration
  • Four consecutive 2 h virtual sessions every two weeks
  • December 2021 to January 2022
Objectives
  • To exchange common challenges, good practices and lessons learnt
  • Developing Practice to Policy Recommendations to allow for an informed dialogue with WASH coordinators and decision makers at the Regional Exchange Forum
Target Group Multi-stakeholder teams of WASH practitioners collaborating at the district level

  • Government district level WASH engineers and managers
  • NGO WASH programme managers and technical staff
  • External support agency local technical staff
  • Water operator / utility managers and technical staff
  • Private sector managers and technical staff
Eligibility Criteria Only teams or individuals who submit a relevant case study to be presented later in the sessions can qualify for participation. In order to include as many stakeholder perspectives as possible we highly encourage teams collaborating at the district level to apply and participate as nexus hubs in the practitioner stream. These nexus hubs of up to four persons should represent

  • at least two institutions
  • at least two constituencies
  • more than one sector (humanitarian, development or peace, dual-mandate possible)
  • at least one local actor
  • a location with humanitarian needs
Case study requirements This consultative process aims at identifying common challenges and promising solutions in operationalising the Triple Nexus in WASH at the practitioner level. Case studies can therefore be experiences from projects in which cross-sector collaboration takes place or collective outcomes are to be achieved (e.g. strengthening resilience incl. crisis prevention, mitigation, transition in and out of crisis, inclusion of vulnerable groups, sustainability, or conflict sensitivity and peace building).
Application Organisations can apply on behalf of “nexus hubs” collaborating at the district level via the application form. Teams apply with a single application to be filled by a main applicant. Individual applications via the same form will be included in the selection process.

Policy Stream

Policy Stream

There is no formal process to apply for the policy stream. Relevant actors are identified and addressed directly through the national WASH Cluster or coordination platform, SWA and other sector platforms. However, interested stakeholders can express their interest in contributing to the Africa 2021-22 Regional Exchange Forum – Building WASH Resilience and Sustainability by filling out the form below.

After bilateral consultation the conveners will support key stakeholders in developing case studies and invite them to participate in a preparatory meeting in January/February 2022.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO EXPRESS INTEREST

Details

 

Format Individual consultation with key stakeholders from sector level and online meetings
Date
  • Individual meetings (to be scheduled): Dec 2021 to Feb 2022
  • Preparatory Meeting: January/Fabruary 2022
  • Regional Exchange Forum: Late February / early March 2022
Objectives
  • Identify case studies and possible transregional solutions for successful Triple Nexus sector level coordination and collaboration
  • Gather evidence from the sector level to inform the development of a Joint Operating Framework for the Triple Nexus
Target Group WASH sector/cluster coordinators, decision and policy makers working at the sector or national level

  • Government officials
  • Sector Coordinators (Sector, WASH Cluster, SWA Focal Points etc.)
  • UN and External Support Managers
  • NGO Managers
  • Private Sector Managers
Application There is no formal process to apply for the policy stream. Relevant actors are identified and addressed directly through the national WASH Cluster or coordination platform, SWA and other sector platforms. However, interested actors can express interest to contributing to the Regional Forum via the following link:

Main Event

Regional Exchange Forum

The results of the stakeholder consultation during the two parallel preparatory streams outlined above will feed into the development of the format and programme of the Regional Exchange Forum. The aim of this main event is to present, discuss and validate pre-selected cases and consolidated recommendations as well as to develop a potential approach on how to mainstream and operationalise them across the region. The meeting outcomes will inform the Joint Operating Framework will be showcased at upcoming global events and fora. Selected cases will be further developed to standardised case studies and disseminated.

The one-day Regional Exchange Forum will be held virtually on 2 March 2022. It will include pre-selected inputs, plenary, parallel and workshop sessions. Speakers and up to 100 participants will be selected during the preparatory process. The conveners strive for an equal representation of the humanitarian, development and peace sectors and a balanced representation of all constituencies.


Contact

Contact

Overall Coordination: Johannes Rueck

German WASH Network Coordinator

Johannes.rueck [at] washnet.de


Coordination Policy Stream: Tim Grieve

German WASH Network Consultant

Tgrieve.consultant [at] washnet.de

Coordination Practitioner Stream: Raphaela Betz

Sign of Hope

Betz [at] hoffnungszeichen.de


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