WASH Advocacy Initiative

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Wash-advocacy-initiative
Headquarters Location: Washington, DC
Founded: 2011


Mission: Working to bring universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation.


Tags: water, sanitation, hygiene, clean water, drinking water, advocacy, 2011


Wash-advocacy-initiative
Story: A generation after man walked on the moon, a billion people on earth still defecate in the open and another billion use unsanitary latrines. Sanitation is becoming a much more prominent development issue. As the United Nations Secretary-General said recently… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
WASH Advocacy Initiative came out of Water Advocates, which was an organization established for the years 2005-2010 to advocate with the U.S. government on behalf of robust commitment to and funding for global water, sanitation and hygiene programs in countries of greatest need. Water Advocates ceased to exist in Dec 31, 2011, and a transition organization, WASH Advocacy Initiatives continued on with this work in 2011. Most experts applauded WASH Advocacy Initiative for their strong advocacy work and are actively helping to change policy. One expert even cited that they are the only independent NGO that is dedicated solely to advocacy on behalf of WASH. They have an excellent reputation among WASH professionals. They are very open and collaborative with other organizations. They are not dependent on donor decisions and are mission focused. They are ultimately a connector rather than an implemented, and have built a strong network and connections with all the organizations working on water, sanitation, and hygiene globally.
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Leadership
Wash-advocacy-initiative John Oldfield. John Oldfield is currently Managing Director of the WASH Advocacy Initiative. His previous experience with safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene comes from founding two implementing nonprofits in the sector, and his tenure as Executive Vice President with Water Advocates, an advocacy group in Washington DC dedicated to increasing financial and political support for worldwide access to safe, affordable and… See full bio.


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Contact Info
E-Mail:
info AT WASHinitiative.org
Phone:
202-293-4002
Address:
1506 21st NW, Suite 200
 
Washington, DC 20036, USA
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Wash-advocacy-initiative Story: A generation after man walked on the moon, a billion people on earth still defecate in the open and another billion use unsanitary latrines. Sanitation is becoming a much more prominent development issue. As the United Nations Secretary-General said recently “it is time to put sanitation and access to proper toilets at the centre of our development discussions.” Sanitation improves health and enhances social development, it contributes to economic development, and it helps protect the environment. Most of us know the facts and figures, but here’s a quick refresher: 2.6 billion people lack access to improved sanitation. That number is projected to grow to 2.7 billion by 2015. 1.1 billion people practice open defecation, which is the root cause of fecal-oral transmission of disease. Diarrheal disease, which can be prevented through improved sanitation, is responsible for 1 million deaths every year for children under the age of five. While these facts can be overwhelming, it is important to note that progress is being made. One great example is the Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene arranged by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) which was held October 4-19 in Mumbai, India. The forum focused on core sanitation and hygiene issues, while establishing links to other sectors such as health, education and business. Participants represented 70 countries, with one third coming from Africa, half from Asia and the remainder from Europe and the Americas. The conference did not focus on technologies – good technologies for different environments are available – but rather on what motivates people to want a toilet, to use it, to sustain it, and to combine it with good hygiene practices. The conference did not produce a declaration or manifesto, as many of those already exist. Instead, it left a lasting impression on participants through four key take-home messages. The first message was that especially complex sectors like sanitation and hygiene have a greater need for inspirational leadership to deliver results that matter. The second was that total sanitation can only be achieved through social transformation that begins at the community level. The third message was it is time to move from considering people as beneficiaries to looking at them as rights holders. The final message was partnerships and collaboration are essential for large-scale total transformation. These messages are all part of the solution. Check out the Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene to see the actions and outcomes of this transformational event. For those not able to attend the Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene, there are other ways to get involved. To start, you could participate in the global celebration of World Toilet Day on November 19, by checking out the World Toilet Day website to learn about activities in your area. This article was written by Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).

Expert Reviews of WASH Advocacy Initiative

Evidence of Impact Summary:

WASH Advocacy Initiative came out of Water Advocates, which was an organization established for the years 2005-2010 to advocate with the U.S. government on behalf of robust commitment to and funding for global water, sanitation and hygiene programs in countries of greatest need. Water Advocates ceased to exist in Dec 31, 2011, and a transition organization, WASH Advocacy Initiatives continued on with this work in 2011. Most experts applauded WASH Advocacy Initiative for their strong advocacy work and are actively helping to change policy. One expert even cited that they are the only independent NGO that is dedicated solely to advocacy on behalf of WASH. They have an excellent reputation among WASH professionals. They are very open and collaborative with other organizations. They are not dependent on donor decisions and are mission focused. They are ultimately a connector rather than an implemented, and have built a strong network and connections with all the organizations working on water, sanitation, and hygiene globally.
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Organization Strengths Summary:

Most experts mentioned that the main strength WASH Advocacy Initiative has is their strong leadership. They also have knowledgeable, competent, and energetic staff members.
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Areas for Improvement Summary:

Most experts mentioned that it's too early to assess their impact and effectiveness given that they officially started in 2011. One expert mentioned that they need and deserve a larger staff and this is tied to their funding, which unfortunately has been difficult for them to garner.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact

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Strong Advocacy

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WASH Advocacy Initiative has been a really interesting group to watch. I knew them better when they were Water Advocates. There's definitely a place for them in their ability to garner support from the USG. It's been disappointing that they've had a hard time being funded. Given that, I'm not sure what will end up happening to them, but they are very strong for advocacy.
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Water Advocates was established for the years 2005-2010 to advocate with the U.S. government on behalf of robust commitment to and funding for global water, sanitation and hygiene programs in countries of greatest need, and in particular, the enactment and implementation through USAID of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act. During its tenure Water Advocates not only successfully lobbied Congress for the Water for the Poor Act and for ramping up implementation funding, but it mobilized, advised and assisted numerous other organizations and the business community to engage in this advocacy. Although it ceased to exist on Dec. 31, 2010, a transition organization, the Water Advocacy Initiative, has continued with this work in 2011. Beginning in January 2011, WASH Advocates, the permanent successor organization will launch with an even broader mandate.
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Based out of D.C, they're coming out of wash advocates that sunsetted end of last year that gave birth to wash advocacy initiatives. They are pushing for wash policies worldwide. They are also being a hub for a large wheel for global organizations.
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The only independent NGO that is dedicated solely to advocacy on behalf of WASH. They have an excellent reputation among WASH professionals. They are very open and collaborative with other organizations. They are not dependent on donor decisions.

Strong Network and Work at the Policy Level

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This Initiative works at the policy and networking level. They are very informative and have a clear mission.
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They are very connected with all groups in water. They look for solutions and networking opportunities. They are very impartial and focused on their mission.

Thought Leader

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They are an independent issue thought leader.
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I see WASH advocacy as a leader in the field- obviously not an implementer- but a connector. They also are helping to change policy. I love WASH advocacy and the help they have provided for our organization.

Too Early to Access Impact

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This is an initiative with less than a year in existence, built and developed after the sunset of Wash Advocates. There are discussions in the sector as the most effective role they should play. It is too early to assess its effectiveness and impact.


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Exceptional Leadership

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They have exceptional leadership by David Douglas for Water Advocates and John Oldfield for WASH Advocacy Initiative and for the soon to be established WASH Advocates. They have very knowledgeable, competent and energetic staff. They work exceptionally well with both faith-based and secular organizations. Their utilization as a lobby firm to increase it's impact on Congress. They have a good relationship with USAID. They are open and transparent.
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They have a good leadership who is hard working. They are focused on immediate advocacy issues. They are anxious to draw other organizations into the joint advocacy efforts.


Expert Comments: Areas for Improvement

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More Forward Thinking Strategy

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They need a more forward-looking strategy.

Too Early to Access Impact

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This is an initiative with less than a year in existence, built and developed after the sunset of Wash Advocates. There are discussions in the sector as the most effective role they should play. It is too early to assess its effectiveness and impact.

Increase Staff Numbers

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It needs and deserves a larger staff, given the reach and effectiveness of its work. It deserves to have a broader funding base.

Increase Funding and Awareness for WASH

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They can hold a high profile advocacy meeting in Washington DC to highlight the need for increased funding and support for WASH development.

Increase Funding

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WASH needs advocates and these guys need to be heard so that more funding and commitments can be made to make a lasting change.


Leadership

Wash-advocacy-initiative
John Oldfield
Managing Director
John Oldfield is currently Managing Director of the WASH Advocacy Initiative. His previous experience with safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene comes from founding two implementing nonprofits in the sector, and his tenure as Executive Vice President with Water Advocates, an advocacy group in Washington DC dedicated to increasing financial and political support for worldwide access to safe, affordable and sustainable supplies of drinking water and adequate sanitation. Prior to Water Advocates he was a Vice President at a New York private equity firm specializing in leveraged buyouts and corporate divestitures. John has also been with The Conference Board, a New York-based economic research firm which produces the well-known Leading Economic Indicators and Consumer Confidence Index. While there he launched and managed two innovative online services, including a corporate training business. Prior to The Conference Board, John was with the National Academy of Sciences, where he researched science, technology and economic policy issues. He also has extensive international management experience with USAID and U.S. Department of State contracts, including training programs for election officials, civil society, and foreign media, as well as civil/military communication projects in post-conflict countries.

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