From left: Mr. Ali Abdulla Al Dabbagh, Deputy Director General for Planning at the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD); Mr. Rolf Luyendijk, Executive Director, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC); Mr. Yousuf Ahmed Al Hammadi, Executive Director, Qatar Charity. Photo: Ms. Natalia Mroz, IISD.
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, signed on 12 July 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,” said Mr. Al-Kuwari, noting that nearly 16 million people had gained access through WSSCC work in recent years. “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.”
“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,” said Mr. Luyendijk.
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), who attended the MoU signing ceremony, stated that “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. Qatar Charity, a long-time development partner of the Qatar Fund for
Development, and WSSCC will collaborate on achieving results at scale with measurable improvements in sanitation, education and health, and economic empowerment approaches that leave no one behind. By demonstrating collective behaviour change approaches to end open defecation across entire administrative areas and schools, the partners aim to ignite a movement to realize everyone’s right to a healthy environment.
To that end, under the MoU the partners aim to:
- Offer technical, coordination and advisory services in support of their respective programmes, with a focus on Darfur.
- 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.
- Generate opportunities between the two parties for collaboration throughout the process of programme assessment, design, implementation and evaluation. Cooperation can be established at different stages, and in different areas and countries where both parties have interest and agreement.
Qatar Charity is a leading Gulf-origin nongovernmental organization dedicated to carrying out humanitarian and development programs to fight global poverty by working in partnership with vulnerable communities regardless of faith, race, gender or political beliefs Qatar Charity enables people to survive, recover and rebuild their lives while also empowering them to become self-sufficient through practical knowledge, focused expertise and innovative solutions.
The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is a global, multi-stakeholder membership and partnership organization that works with poor people, organizations, governments and local entrepreneurs to improve sanitation and hygiene at scale. WSSCC’s mission is to enable all people and especially women, girls and those living in vulnerable situations to practice the right to sanitation and hygiene across the course of their lives with dignity and safety.