In March 2020, access to WASH became even more critical with the COVID-19 global pandemic, which has compounded the need for WASH support in humanitarian situations. Frequent handwashing with soap is one of the most vital defences against the novel coronavirus and access to basic, affordable WASH services is essential for protecting families at home, safely operating health care facilities and reopening schools.
The first volume of the report series focuses on action across the humanitarian–development–peace nexus to strengthen WASH sector resilience in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. This second volume is dedicated to the WASH sector’s capacity to deliver a predictable, quality humanitarian WASH response, and provides a change agenda and road map towards strengthening this capacity. The third and final volume in the series addresses ending attacks on water and sanitation services and personnel in armed conflict.
Some promising initiatives have emerged in recent years such as the ongoing development of a Graduate Professional Diploma Programme in Humanitarian WASH at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education – with the support of UNICEF and the Global WASH Cluster (GWC) partners.