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WASH Campaigners Seek Legislative Regulator

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By Zac Sherman

Compassion for Humanity Liberia (C4H Liberia) has commenced the implementation of a project targeting legislative engagement that will lead to the elevation of the WASH Caucus into a standing committee within the national Legislature.

The project seeks to coordinate WASH sector stakeholders at national and subnational levels to advocate for improved governance and budget support towards the sector.

The standing committee when formulated will exercise policy and fiduciary responsibilities, including raising political awareness to clarify multiple overlapping mandates among Government WASH institutions.

C4H Liberia told the media the legislative WASH Standing Committee I’ll also focus on revising urban policies, plan accountability mechanisms and consequently increase public sector investment plan budget portfolio for the sector.

The national non-governmental organization believes the  committee will take actions towards committing national budgetary allocation to enhance water Sanitation and Hygiene activities in Liberia.

Addressing a news conference on Monday at its headquarters, the group said that the process leading to the establishment of the standing Committee will include identifying additional legislators to beef up the strength of the existing WASH champions.

According to C4H Liberia, the process includes holding consultation with sector actors namely WASH Consortium, drafting of a resolution, outlining the needs of the standing committee proffer as well as mobilizing and strengthening public and private WASH institutional capacity to form part of the advocacy campaign.

Though its project lead Weemon Jallahcole, Compassion for Humanity added that the initiative aims to promote improved WASH governance in Liberia in order to reduce the burden of health and economic challenges.

According to Weemon Jallahcole, the project also seeks to strengthen WASH policy communication to promote sector wide behavior change and to establish county wide WASH campaigns for improved national and local water management, sanitation and Hygiene practices in all parts of the country.

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