Translating Projects to Policies: Lessons Learned Applying the FW-WASH Advocacy Strategy Methodology in South Africa and Uganda

This report provides lessons learned garnered during the twelve-month period of implementation of the advocacy strategies developed for South Africa and Uganda. Based on key informant interviews with in-country implementation teams and workshop facilitators, the authors identified the following seven overarching lessons from the implementation of the advocacy strategies in Uganda and South Africa:

  • The advocacy process requires flexibility and openness to emerging opportunities
  • Advocacy leads should understand the formal and informal decision-making structures
  • Reaching the target audience requires careful preparation
  • Evidence and data bolster the advocacy process effectiveness
  • The need to implement can manifest itself at any moment
  • Constantly revisit the strategies, adjust, and get better, and
  • Work with multisector partners to reach your goals.

These lessons underscore the importance of carefully crafting clear, useful, and creative messaging as the fundamental first step to improving conservation and health policies. African conservation, health, and development practitioners are encouraged to unite and collectively design messaging and activities to urge donors, policymakers, and colleagues to safeguard African biodiversity and human health.

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ABCG FWWASH Tools Review and Adoption Workshop held in Uganda January 2020 – workshopreport

Highlights of the Report on a Workshop to Adopt Drafting Guidelines and Tools to Integrate Environmental Conservation into Fresh Water WASH Activities in Masindi District, Uganda on January 31, 2020. 

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Physical and Spatial Planning and the future impacts of urbanization on FW-WASH – slide presentation

David W. Zinny (2020). Physical/ Spatial Planning and the future impacts of urbanization on FW-WASH. Powerpoint presentation during the Freshwater conservation and WASH Integration Community of practice meeting on Rapid urbanization, infrastructure development and water catchment conservation, Nairobi Kenya, February 25, 2020. 

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Nairobi water resources and systems of accountability: the role of data and science – slide presentation

George Gatere Ndiritu (2020). Nairobi water resources and systems of accountability: the role of data and science. Powerpoint presentation during the Freshwater conservation and WASH Integration Community of practice meeting on Rapid urbanization, infrastructure development and water catchment conservation, Nairobi Kenya, February 25, 2020. 

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ABCG Freshwater Conservation (FW) and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Integration Advocacy Strategy Planning Training, held on July 22-25, 2019, Kampala, Uganda.

Presentation made at the ABCG Freshwater Conservation (FW) and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Integration Advocacy Strategy Planning Training, held on July 22-25, 2019, Kampala, Uganda.

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USAID & ABCG – Integrated Indicators for Freshwater Conservation & WASH Workshop Report

Full workshop report held at AWF, July 15 – 17th 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya

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ABCG Freshwater Conservation and WASH Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and Indicators – workshop summary report

Workshop participants reached a consensus on a draft M&E framework and indicators for integrating Conservation and WASH programming.

The Unites States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group 1(ABCG) to produce an initial report titled, “Linking Biodiversity Conservation and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene: Experiences from sub-Saharan Africa” (June 2012). The report found numerous projects in sub-Saharan Africa integrating ad-hoc WASH and biodiversity conservation on a disparate and disconnected basis. It called for guidance on how to integrate the two disciplines under different scenarios, ecoregions and climates. Building on the report, in 2013, ABCG members collaborated with a number of development organizations specializing in WASH to develop guidelines for the design and implementation of integrated projects to improve freshwater conservation and human well-being.

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ABCG Freshwater Conservation and WASH Monitoring and Evaluation Indicators Table

Workshop participants reached a consensus on a draft M&E framework and indicators for integrating Conservation and WASH programming. This document presents a comprehensive table of indicators, including their intermediate results (IR) and rationale.

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Freshwater Conservation and WASH Integration Guidelines: A Framework for Implementation in sub-Saharan Africa – report

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) have traditionally been seen as incompatible with biodiversity conservation. But this perception has been sustained by the lack of a comprehensive approach to integrating the two sectors, not because of insurmountable factors. A coalition of ten NGO’s have signed their names to a joint statement expressing their commitment to bridge gaps in establishing technical programs, investing in watershed protection, policy development and advocacy (including a paradigm shift of the conventional funding model), and awareness raising on integration.

This report provides guidance to health, development, and conservation professionals in sub-Saharan Africa on how to plan, coordinate develop and achieve mutually supported WASH and freshwater conservation projects outcomes.

The perception of substantial barriers including few common objectives, stovepipe donor mentality, poor integration monitoring indicators, etc. holds little water as portrayed with this seminal document.

Also included is the full webinar recording (screencast): Click here.

For a press quality version of the report, click here.

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