March, 2014

2nd Joint (WASH) Sector Review Conference concluded
The second Joint Sector Review (JSR) conference of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector concluded by putting emphasis on the need to increase funding for WASH programs in order to meet the national target of ‘Sanitation and Water for All’ by 2017.

The conference agreed on the joint Resolution including Position Papers on eight thematic issues viz. Institutional Framework and Capacity Building; Sector Finance; Functionality and Sustainability; Hygiene and Sanitation; Water Quality; Monitoring and Evaluation; Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change; and Gender Equity and Social Inclusion.

The JSR brought together a broad spectrum of stakeholders comprising of government officials, development partners, NGOs, and civil society in a single platform on a regular basis to discuss the key challenges that the sector faces.

The conference was held on 31st March and 1st April, 2014 in Godavari, Lalitpur.

Click here to get updates of the second JSR process. The first JSR took place in 2011.

Click here to download the Resolution signed during the first JSR meeting.

Handwashing campaign reduces Diarrhea
Unilever’s health soap Lifebuoy has this month announced the results of its Help A Child Reach 5 handwashing programmes launched in Thesgora, India, noting an overwhelming drop in incidence of diarrhoea from 36% to 5%.
Click here to learn more.


Presentation on ‘WASH Facilities in Schools’
A paper on ‘Child, Gender and Disability Friendly Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Facilities in the Community Schools of Nepal’ was presented, based on preliminary findings of the survey done in 92 schools of Mid-western Region of Nepal, at a day-long seminar organized by the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) on the occasion of World Water Day 2014.

The paper highlighted that there is still need of increasing child friendly toilets; and to a large extent, water supply facility in toilets needs to be improved in more than 40% of the schools considered. The study also revealed that more than 74% of the schools do not have hand washing facility and 82% of them do not have menstrual hygiene management facility.

This study was supported by ICCO Cooperation, the Netherlands.


8th International Community Based Adaptation Conference (CBA8)
24-30 April 2014, Kathmandu, Nepal

The IIED, BCAS and CEN on behalf of Climate Change Network Nepal (CCNN) in collaboration with other supporting organization are organizing the 8th International Community Based Adaptation Conference in Kathmandu, Nepal. The conference will comprise of two parts – three days field visit followed by four days conference. Click here to learn more.

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2nd JSR Conference highlights available online

We are pleased to inform you that the highlights of 2nd Joint Sector Review conference organized on 31st March and 1st April, 2014 in Godavari, Lalitpur are available online (Nepali version) at:

This is an online version of 31st Episode of 'Panee ra Sarsafai' - a weekly radio program on WASH issues that was aired on 3rd April, 2014.

This radio program comes every Thursday through Ujyaalo FM 90 MHz @ 8:10-8:50 am and also through more than 40 FM stations across the country. You can also listen live at:

This program is produced by Ujyaalo 90 Network (FM station) in association with Water, Sanitation and Hygiene-Resource Centre Nepal (WASH-RCNN)/Nepal WASH Alliance (NWA).


Akvo FLOW Training
The ICCO Cooperation organized Akvo FLOW training to enhance project monitoring capacities of its partner organizations from 12-15 March, 2014 in Nepalgunj. The FLOW which stands for ‘Field Level Operations Watch’ is a simple but very effective tool, using the smart phones (simple android phones) to collect information from the field and directly feed the information on the internet. The data can be accessed from anywhere via internet and can directly be used in reporting without any further processing. Altogether 16 participants from 13 different organizations attended the training. The trainers were from Akvo Foundation.

Finnish government aid on sanitation sector
The Finnish government is set to provide financial assistance of Rs. 150 million for a five-year long project to improve drinking water and sanitation situation in Myagdi district. Click here to read more.

92 families depend on single well for water
Settlements in the northern belt of Siraha district are facing an acute shortage of water these days due to the desertification in the Chure hill range. Click here to read more.

Seminar on ‘Water and Energy’
On the occasion of Nepal National Water Week and World Water Day 2014, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) in association with different partners organized a day-long seminar and exhibition on the theme "Water and Energy".

The seminar was divided into two plenary sessions. The first session consisted of presentations on Bagmati Cleaning Campaign, Drinking Water Quality, WASH Facilities in Schools, and Groundwater Contamination; while the second session consisted of presentations on Sustainable Use of Solar Energy and Hydropower Development among others.

The program was organized on 24th March, 2014 at NAST building, Khumaltar, Lalitpur.


Training on Rain Water Harvesting and HWTS
The training sessions were conducted on the multiple uses of water; operation, management and importance of rain water harvesting system; along with the household water treatment options. The training supported by RAIN Foundation was organized by Environment and Public Health Organization and a local NGO Environment Development Society on 14th and 15th February 2014 at Neta VDC of Surkhet district.


Talk Program on ‘Green Homes’
The 27th series of WASH Forum on the theme ‘Green Homes: Promoting Sustainable Housing in Nepal’ was organized by Paschim Paaila and Environment and Public Health Organization on 28th February, 2014 with an objective to share information on the importance of green homes and to find possible role of youth to promote green homes in the city. The resource person for this interaction program was Dr. Santosh Shrestha from UN-HABITAT.
Published by : Water, Sanitation and Hygiene - Resource Centre Network Nepal (WASH-RCNN) Secretariat

WASH-RCNN is a network of organisations involved in water, sanitation and hygiene sector, which intends to facilitate the sharing of information and promote the use thereof to improve the performance of the sector as a whole.

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