Action contre la faim; Emergency Nutrition Network; End Water Poverty; Generation Nutrition;
In past years, the neglected connection between WASH and Nutrition has stepped into the limelight. It is evident that body and cognitive growth of individuals, is being stifled by inadequate WASH, leading to impedements in sustainable societal and economic development.
Substantial progress is now being made at both ends: On the nutrition side policy development is progressing, with a number of countries integrating WASH components in their national nutrition strategies; on the WASH side progress is being made at practitioner level, with organisations developing ready-to-apply “complementary packages” in their programmes. Successfully upscaling the nexus approach requires increased dialogue ensuring that these initiatives are congruent.
This seminar builds on the results of the Bonn WASH-Nutrition Forum 2015 (WNF) – bringing a range of key nutrition actors to Stockholm for the first time. Their input presentations allow WASH experts in Stockholm to design policy-relevant and practitioner-specific WASH solutions, fit-for-purpose to contribute to nutrition outcomes. The WNF set an ambitious target of doubling the number of countries integrating WASH in their nutrition plans. The seminar will identify incentives for making this feasible and advocates for an umbrella framework of sector integration within the SDGs, utilising the global platforms SWA Partnership and SUN Movement.
Welcome & Introduction
Thilo Panzerbieter, Chair German WASH Network
09:10 Living the WASH-Health-Nutrition Nexus in the Spirit of the SDG Agenda
Dr. Heike Henn, BMZ
09:20 News from the Nexus
WASH in the Global Nutrition Report 2016
Patrizia Fracassi, Senior Nutrition Analyst and Strategy Advisor of the SUN Movement Secretariat, Independent Expert Group of the Global Nutrition Report
The WASH´Nutrition Operational Manual
Dr. Jean Lapegue, Senior WASH Advisor, Action Contre La Faim
The Missing Ingredients - Nutrition Plan Analysis Index
Dan Jones, Advocacy Coordinator, WaterAid
WASH Considerations for the Update of the Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies Operational Guidance
Emily Mates, Technical Director, Emergency Nutrition Network
09:40 How Do Global Platforms Make the Link?
Catarina de Albuquerque, Executive Chair, Sanitation and Water for All Partnership
Gerda Verburg, Coordinator, Scaling Up Nutrition Movement
10:00 Final Discussion
Dialog with the audience
Thilo Panzerbieter, Chair German WASH Network
The seminar focused on the link between WASH and Nutrition and brought various stakeholders together. Particularly the engagement of nutrition experts in this WASH-focused conference was a success. Apart from the global platforms Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement and Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) Partnership, country representatives, research institutions, the private sector, civil society organisations as well as the Global WASH and the Global Nutrition Cluster coordinators engaged in a dialogue.
The film “Sanitation and Nutrition: Let’s Break the Vicious Cycle!” by Generation Nutrition, served as a thematic introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWIr-eJ8FAs
Dr. Heike Henn from BMZ highlighted that in the context of the SDGs, everyone is challenged to think outside their box. BMZ’s special initiative “One World No Hunger” integrates WASH and is thereby one of Germany’s contributions to making such links.
Key Points by Dr. Heike Henn (BMZ)
In the last year, a number of WASH-Nutrition publications have been published and new tools were developed – more are still in the making: Patrizia Fracassi (Global Nutrition Report, SUN) introduced the integrated chapter of the Global Nutrition Report 2016 and urged governments and decision-makers to spend money in a more effective way. With expertise in implementation, Jean Lapègue (ACF) announced the upcoming WASH’Nutrition Operational Manual, a guidance document for practitioners on how integration can be achieved at different levels. Dan Jones (WaterAid) presented a new tool that analyses national nutrition and WASH plans for their degree of integration. Emily Mates (ENN) introduced policy guidance being provided on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies, including WASH considerations.
At the global level, Gerda Verburg (SUN) and Catarina de Albuquerque (SWA) engaged in an open dialogue and agreed that the global platforms can play a vital role in shaping the WASH-Nutrition landscape.
Key Points by Gerda Verburg (SUN)
Key Points by Catarina de Albuquerque (SWA)
Civil Society Organisations
UN and Multinational Organisations
Catarina de Albuquerque (SWA)
Non-government contexts: In non-government contexts, SUN, SWA and other multi-stakeholder platforms play an important role as they can raise awareness within the diverse network of partners.
Private sector engagement: Adequate preconditions need to be in place to ensure that PPPs do not go against the rights of vulnerable populations, thus it is about strengthening country systems.
Gerda Verburg (SUN)
Private sector engagement: Working together for SDGs is not CSR. Apart from the Civil Society, Donor and UN Network, SUN has a Business Network to engage the private sector. Members have to behave according to 10 SUN principles.
Self-reflection: Self-reflection is essential as organization and also as multi-stakeholder platform: Are we doing the right things? And are we doing the things right?
The discussion continued at the SuSanA "WASH & Nutrition" Working Group Meeting. Please find results here: http://forum.susana.org/forum/categories/92-nutrition-and-wash-including-stunted-growth/18479-wash-a-nutrition-events-at-the-stockholm-world-water-week-2016