This programme builds upon NCA's 2011-2015 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme, with a renewed focus on community participation and sanitation.
Access to safe water, adequate sanitation facilities, and a clean environment along with practising key hygiene behaviours are pre-conditions for health and economic development. The goal of NCA’s Global WASH programme, Healthy communities have access equitable and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services, builds on NCA’s 2011-2015 WASH programme, yet with a stronger emphasis on community participation, as community and individual ownership are essential to behaviour change and sustainable results. The WASH programme is NCA’s largest and implemented in twelve countries on three continents, most often in fragile contexts. 2016 was the second year of the NRK Telethon Programme, which will deliver “Water for One Million People” in ten countries over five years, the results of which are also highlighted below. NCA is a trusted, global WASH actor, owing to 37 years of building on experiences and best practices within its WASH programmes, both in long-term development and humanitarian settings.
NCA’s preference is to integrate water, sanitation and hygiene services so women, men, girls and boys can enjoy maximum health benefits. NCA and its local partners use tested methodologies for underserved and marginalised semi-urban and rural populations. In particular, NCA focuses on alleviating the burden of women and girls as the traditional household water providers. Underpinning its commitment to United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, NCA includes women and girls in all decision-making processes, starting with basic service provision, another reason for putting a strong accent on participation. Through its WASH programme, NCA strengthens civil society organisations by increasing the capacities of community-based WASH committees, which are the key to programme sustainability and leveraging the influence of faith-based actors; partners with a strong level of legitimacy in communities. In many ways, increasing the capacity of both grassroots organisations and NCA’s civil society partners to work in a manner that is representative and genderinclusive and provides a democratic arena in which they can operate.