After a delay of more than half a year, the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, finally signed the Liberia WASH Compact in January 2012. The signing follows almost two months of lobbying by the WASH Working Group, an alliance of civil society organisations (CSOs). The group organised a series of WASH Crisis Talks around the country to promote the Compact.
The Liberia WASH Compact was developed at the Multi Donor Conference on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) held in Paynesville, outside Monrovia in May 2011. It is a product of the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) Partnership aimed at ensuring that the Liberian population can have adequate access to safe water and improved sanitation facilities. The Compact identifies four priority areas for sector stakeholders: institutional capacity; service provision priorities and equity; data and monitoring and evaluation gaps; and financing mechanisms.
Read the Liberia WASH Compact
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Source: Augustine N. Myers, Shout-Africa, 24 Jan 2012