Sustainable WASH Forum Report 2012

Date: January 31, 2012

In January 2012, nearly 60 representatives from 44 different organizations came together at the Third Sustainable WASH Forum, which was held in London. This was a day-long workshop that built on activities from previous learning events in 2010 and 2011 to expand the dialogue and learning about WASH sustainability to incorporate more UK and European-based organisations that werent able to attend the previous fora held in Washington DC. The Workshop focused on the Sustainable Services at Scale (Triple-S) Initiative. This initiative is a response to the increasing awareness that enhanced progress in the WASH sector depends on a greater focus on the sustainability of investments. This change requires new tools and approaches and collaborative learning between implementers, donors and beneficiaries. Developing and promoting these practices is the objective of Triple-S.The event was co-organised by Aguaconsult along with the IRC, Water for People, WaterAid and Global Water Challenge (GWC) and hosted by the international consultancy Arup, with financial support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). Participant organizations included small to large NGOs, research institutions, advocacy groups, networks, consultancies, and private and public donors.Building on the previous learning events, this Forum had three objectives. First, to provide a space for dialogue among UK and European-based WASH actors. Second, to identify elements and challenges in changing the way we work to achieve sustainability. Third, to collaboratively learn from experiences and make commitments toward achieving these changes. This report provides a snapshot of the learnings of this event as part of facilitating and promoting this process of long-term change towards sustainability in the sector.

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