Al-Hassan Adam

Do not disconnect

COVID 19 has shifted global attention to the vital importance of safe water in the fight against the spread of diseases. Governments, civil society and the private sector have gone into overdrive to drum home the need for handwashing. This is great! However, there is very little mention of the people whose safe water supply is regularly disconnected or about to be disconnected. 

We can slow coronavirus by providing safe water in homes, hospitals, schools and transport hubs for handwashing

The global coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the vital importance of hygiene. Suddenly we have rediscovered handwashing as the best preventive measure to avoid contracting or spreading the virus. However, when the media, governments and civil society bang on about handwashing without addressing the question of whether people even have water in the first place, it breeds cynicism within communities who are routinely denied their human rights.

Where can I go to the toilet once I leave the house?

If you are far from home and need the toilet, where do you go? When answering nature’s call, billions of people struggle to find a place to relieve themselves that is dignified and hygienic. On 9 September 2019, Léo Heller, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights to Safe Water Supply and Sanitation, brought this issue to the attention of the UN Human rights Council when presenting his thematic report Human Rights to Water and Sanitation in Spheres of Life Beyond the Household with an Emphasis on Public Spaces.

A Reflection on Stockholm World Water Week 2018

Photo: Thomas Henriksson/SIWI

In August 2018, End Water Poverty along with its partners attended World Water Week in Stockholm. End Water Poverty attended this global event to present the recently launched report on National Accountability Mechanisms for SDG 6. The report, its results and importance were discussed during a sofa session interview. To get a sense of how this global event went, we spoke to our International Coordinator, Al-hassan Adam.

HLPF 2018: Improved Reporting on Safely Managed Water and Sanitation Services

This time last year, End Water Poverty brought the misreporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) progress levels using incorrect datasets to the attention of the UN Secretary General. The progress report that was flagged by the coalition had used indicators from the Millennium Development Goals instead of the SDGs, thereby not tracking progress accurately.

Kenya’s Civil Society Could Use Their New Law to Deliver Safe Water to the Bottom Seven Percent

In November 2017, I was invited to a meeting organised by KEWASNET, a coalition which is a member of End Water Poverty, to discuss Kenya’s WASH CSO advocacy strategy based on the 2016 Kenya Water Act.

Kenyan CSOs were excited about this news; at the same time they were cautious about some aspects of it. This is the situation with most laws written through consultative processes when many interest groups lobby for their constituents.

Over one year in: how civil society has used our combined voice to influence policy change

In my ten years of campaigning and advocating for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), we have never had such a unique political opportunity for change as we have had this year at the start of Agenda 2030; the start of the new development goals for the next 15 years. In the past few months, my colleagues and I at the End Water Poverty secretariat have been criss-crossing Africa, Europe, South Asia and Latin America to tap into the enthusiasm of our members at the beginning of this ambitious path to achieve a universally better future for all.