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Общественная подотчетность – за право быть услышанным​ by Zebojon Kurbanova, Journalist, Tajikistan

Мне посчастливилось поучаствовать в Европейском и Центрально-Азиатском региональном Форуме (ECA-Форум) по вопросам Общественной подотчётности в секторе водоснабжения и санитарии в  городе Душанбе. Именно Форум предоставил мне такую возможность раскрыть и развивать свои способности, реализовать свои планы, дал толчок для личностного и профессионального роста. А также полученные знания, полезные навыки и ценная информация об общественной подотчетности в водном секторе помогли мне в последующей моей журналисткой деятельности в сфере освещения данной тематики в таджикских СМИ. Read More>>>

Gender and Water: Women’s Inclusion and Social Accountability in Water Supply and Sanitation Sector by Shifo Sharifzoda, Consultant and Trainer, Consumers Union of Tajikistan

Over the last two years, the Consumers Union of Tajikistan has implemented the Tajikistan Water Improving Social Accountability (TWISA) project, with support and funding from Oxfam UK and the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA). The project aims to improve social accountability in the water sector through the development of quality standards and citizen participation in monitoring of water service provision. In support of this aim, the Consumers Union facilitated consolidation of service performance indications in Water Supply and Sanitation , created Community Advisory Boards under water providers in the targeted areas of the project to ensure close collaboration between consumers and provider in solving problems the water sector, and conducted various trainings, seminars and awareness raising campaigns to build the capacity of consumers and water providers’ staff. Read More>>>

The Value of Networks: Evaluating Relationships Supporting Institutional Development for Water Supply in Tajikistan by Duncan McNicholl, PhD candidate, Cambridge University

Understanding the complex stakeholder relationships that shape institutions and the development of social accountability in water service delivery can be challenging. The question is: how can the multiple relationships that influence institutions be understood to improve intervention strategies and ultimately improve water service delivery? At the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Regional Forum in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, I presented new research from Cambridge University, in collaboration with Oxfam, which seeks to answer these questions by studying factors influencing the Tajikistan water sector. Tajikistan was identified as a suitable case study because of recent successful efforts to approve a reform of the national water policy, and the development of the Tajikistan Water Supply and Sanitation (TajWSS) Network as a sector knowledge-sharing and coordination platform. These developments provided an opportunity to study factors supporting these changes and how they might be identified from a stakeholder network perspective. Read More>>>

Water in Social Accountability – Reflections from Tajikistan by Jeff Thindwa, GPSA Program Manager

The saying goes, ‘water is life’, and how so true! But water also drives economic and social development. Clean water supply is vital for health, hygiene and livelihood. Water is essential for agriculture and critical to energy production – and much, much more. However, more than a billion people currently live in water-scarce regions, and as many as 3.5 billion could experience water scarcity by 2025. Water scarcity is a recognized cause of conflict and migration and is among the top global risks. To be sure, conflict and migration likewise contribute to scarcity of water! There is work being done, however. Over the last decade, governments and donors have increased budget allocations to water services and infrastructure in many countries around the world. Yet this has not translated proportionately into provision of safe and potable water on the ground. Now, that calls for urgent solutions. But what kind? Read More>>>


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