The goal of NCA’s Climate Resilient Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programme is to make sure that people live in dignity in healthy and resilient communities by accessing equitable water, sanitation and hygiene services in an informed and sustainable manner.
Within this programme, NCA and its partners aim to
- participate in and influence decision-making about all WASH services that affect them, including how water resources are sustainably managed
- prepare and respond to climate-related hazards and natural disasters affecting WASH services
- practice good hygiene measures to protect against key public and personal health risks
- access sustainable, adequate and equitable basic sanitation services
- access sustainable, safe and affordable basic drinking water supply services
CR-WASH in Humanitarian Responses
NCA implements humanitarian WASH responses according to international technical standards and following the Humanitarian Principles. Humanitarian responses can be implemented directly by NCA personnel and/or by partners, depending on the contingent situation. NCA commits to involve national partners and promote their contextual knowledge in humanitarian responses.
CR-WASH in Long-term Development Work
NCA implements development WASH programmes with a special focus on sustainability. This is not limited to technical options; it includes, among others, environmental, social, economic and managerial considerations. This work also contributes to reinforcing civil society structures and to promoting active citizenship. NCA preferably implements WASH programmes in synergy with national partners.
Most of the countries where NCA implements WASH programmes are constituted by fragile states, and governments have limited capacity to deliver WASH services. In these settings, where humanitarian and development needs often co-exist, NCA has developed specific approaches for responding to the different needs.
CR-WASH in Advocacy:
An important part of NCA and partners’ work is to support people in exercising their rights to WASH services. NCA and partners support civil society organisations in presenting their needs and preferences to the relevant authorities. Where possible, NCA and partners contribute to the development and diffusion of WASH polices at national or regional level, participating in thematic fora and working groups.