Call for contributions Maintaining momentum towards SDG 6.2

21 May 2021

Sanitation programmes throughout and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic (webinar series)

Safeguarding and expanding access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), with hygiene – and handwashing in particular – is a critical part of the COVID-19 pandemic response.

At the same time, we cannot neglect long-term development goals for sanitation, which exist prior to, during and will continue to exist after the current crisis. Prior to the pandemic, two billion people lacked access to even basic sanitation, and it was estimated that Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.2 would not have been met until the 22nd century. While there has been much discussion on WASH responses to COVID-19, there is a gap regarding how to continue and adapt sanitation programming to meet long-term objectives, including SDG 6.2.

In order to contribute to bridging this gap, the Sanitation Learning Hub (SLH) and UNICEF are hosting a webinar series looking at ways programmes have overcome unforeseen challenges to continue to improve access to sanitation during and after the pandemic.

The webinar series aims to provide practical ideas for the sector to progress towards SDG 6.2 in a changing world. The series will include three webinars, with two or three presentations each followed by Q&A sessions. We aim to hold the webinars between late June and mid-July 2021. The webinars will be in English.

We are looking for speakers willing to present practical examples of initiatives which have continued pursuing long-term sanitation and hygiene objectives during the pandemic, and to discuss successes, setbacks and adaptations. We also want to reflect on the longer-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on how we plan, implement and monitor sanitation programming.

Speakers are welcome from national or sub-national governments, UN agencies, national or international NGOs, CSOs, or the private sector, from a diversity of geographical regions.

If you are interested in presenting and discussing an example from your experience, please send us an abstract of maximum 400 words at slh@ids.ac.uk by 17th June 2021. The abstract should concisely describe:

  • the context, location and the stakeholders;
  • the sanitation programme implemented;
  • the challenges generated by the pandemic;
  • the strategies to cope with those challenges;
  • the main outcomes (successes, setbacks, learnings, etc).
  • Please include your name and email address at the start of the abstract.

We will come back to you with further questions as necessary based on this information. For enquiries, please contact g.melloni@ids.ac.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you!