- Nearly 1 Offer technical, coordination and advisory services in support of their respective programmes, with a focus on Darfur
- 6 million people had gained access through WSSCC work in recent years
- The MOU will advocate nationally, regionally and globally for sanitation and hygiene improvements which lead to a world in which everyone, everywhere is able to practice safe sanitation and hygiene with dignity, especially women, girls and those living in vulnerable situations
New York-Qatar Charity (QC), a leading Qatar-based organization with global reach, and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), a UN-hosted organization supporting large scale delivery of sanitation and hygiene programmes, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in New York aimed at enhancing cooperation around sanitation and hygiene for health, education and livelihoods.
Mr Yousef Ahmed Al-Kuwari, Chief Executive Officer for Qatar Charity, and Mr Rolf Luyendijk, Executive Director of WSSCC, signed the agreement, which will facilitate exchange of information, allow for coordination, and support sanitation and hygiene programme design and development specifically in the Darfur Region of Sudan. The global programming and experiences of both organizations will inform their collaboration.
“WSSCC has extensive, well-proven experiences and approaches in working to improve access to sanitation and hygiene for the most vulnerable people in the world,” Mr Al-Kuwari said.
“This partnership will support our efforts, and those of WSSCC, to ensure that sanitation and hygiene programmes help guarantee every child’s right to survival, education and protection. It will also be a vital component which supports the objective of enhanced access to basic service under the Reconstruction Pillar of the Darfur Development Strategy 2013 – 2019.”
Locals fetch water from a tap in Darfur. Photo by Above Whishpers.
“Qatar Charity is a leading nongovernmental organization dedicated to carrying out humanitarian and development programmes to fight global poverty and preserve dignity of people worldwide. It is a major humanitarian and development player in many regions and crisis affected countries, and its social care, education, health and WASH programmes reach millions of people annually. QC has a long history of partnership with UN agencies in different development and humanitarian fields, and this partnership will offer great opportunities to drive real progress on access to sanitation and hygiene in Darfur,” Mr Luyendijk said.
At the global level, as well, the partnership will play a strategic role in promoting sanitation while at the same time advancing a new, integrated approach to human development cutting across education and health in alignment with Qatar’s commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Learning and knowledge generated will support South-South cooperation and learning on sanitation as an integrator of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Mr Ali Abdulla Al Dabbagh, Deputy Director General for Planning at the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), said: “The partnership between Qatar Charity and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council will have an important impact on the efforts to advance sanitation at the global level, and increase the synergies with the education and health sectors. Sustainable achievements in sanitation require the adoption of strong partnerships between development agencies, NGOs, and international organizations, in line with SDG 17.”
Despite the progress in health outcomes in Sudan, access to sanitation, at 32.9 percent in 2014, has improved little over the last decade. The high prevalence of poor hygiene practices, including open defecation, contribute to the high incidence of diarrheal diseases and malnutrition.