TTF in CWIS Convening

The ESAWAS Technical Task Force (TTF) took part in a Citywide Inclusive Sanitation Convening (learning event) held in Manila, Philippines. 'This was a global event with 140 participants from 32 countries. It included BMGF grantees, partners, and associates to discuss and review the implementation of its Sanitation initiative and brainstorm the principles of the CWIS approach.

The week-long event was a mix of plenary panel sessions, poster presentations, workshops, small group discussion and field workshops at specially selected septage and sewage treatment facilities in Metro Manila and the neighboring province of Bulacan. The field workshops in Baliwag, Laguna Technopark, Veterans Village, and Olandes demonstrated Philippine good practices in the implementation of appropriate sanitation programs that take into account the needs of cities, regulatory structures, and institutional and governance arrangements.

The convening blended learning on regulatory approaches, community engagement, and gender mainstreaming in an effort to better understand the CWIS concept and methods of taking it to scale.'

The TTF actively participated in various sessions of the convening. For ESAWAS in particular, the team also took time to visit the Manila water and sewerage regulator,  the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) to garner information on inclusive sanitation regulation (including non-sewer). ESAWAS is undertaking a project to incorporate non-sewered sanitation service delivery in regulation which has hereto been lacking in most Members regulatory systems. The project is being undertaken under the supervision of the TTF. Hence, the team prioritised learning points that included service delivery along the sanitation value chain, regulatory tools and instruments in practice, KPIs for performance monitoring and enforce mechanisms to improve service delivery.

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