WASH BACKGROUND:

Traditionally the National Action Committee (NAC) for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene’s (WASH) domain and mandate had been limited to Rural WASH issues only. However, this has long since been expanded to cater for all the three WASH sub-sectors of Rural WASH, Urban WASH and Water Resources Management.

This re-branded National Action Committee for the WASH Sector was born in October 2010 through a consultative process involving:

(i) A retreat of key sector Ministers in February 2010 that resulted in a coordination structure to which four Ministers and their Permanent Secretaries signed up to;

(ii) A follow-up stakeholder meeting in March 2010 and a Task Group meeting that developed the main points for the National Action Committee Terms of Reference (ToR) in May 2010;

(iii) Approval of the coordination mechanism by Cabinet and;

(iv)Launch of the re-branded National Action Committee (NAC) for the WASH sector. This re-branded National Action Committee superintends over the 3 sub-sectors of Rural WASH, Urban WASH and Water Resources Management (WRM).

The above new arrangement has provided for clearer sector leadership under Ministry of Water Resources Development and Management (MoWRDM) and has promoted effective coordination of all sector players and their interventions thereby giving:

  • A much clearer road-map to sector recovery,
  • Restoration of sector leadership,
  • Clearer institutional responsibilities amongst government agencies,
  • Restructuring of the NAC to coordinate the entire WASH sector and
  • Overall sector development.

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