The Forum aims to provide an opportunity for selected practitioners, government officials, donors, water providers, and CSOs from across Tajikistan and neighboring ECA countries to learn and exchange ideas about the experiences of gender sensitive social accountability programs in WSS.

By the end of the ECA Regional Forum, the participants will have learned about:

Constructive engagement and social accountability mechanisms: ways practitioners can implement social accountability projects. This session will highlight Oxfam’s TWISA project on improving social accountability in drinking water subsector. Representatives from the project will discuss in detail how to initiate and structure constructive engagement spaces between government and civil society; the challenges and opportunities of such an approach; related capacity requirements; and the lessons learned from the results achieved so far in targeted districts in conjunction with TWISA and TAJWSS projects The participants will be encouraged to reflect and discuss on what resonates with their experiences, what challenges do they experience, and identify possible solutions. (Facilitated by Oxfam)

Gender and social accountability programming: how do we ensure empowering participation? This working session will focus on developing participants’ understanding in consultative and transformative participation of women in social accountability processes and use of intersectional analysis in addressing challenges of unequal participation. (Facilitated by experts from Oxfam)

Social financing and innovative solutions for rural water supply: bridging the infrastructure gap and equitable citizen participation. Sustainable access to water and sanitation consists of two parts, one being infrastructure and technical aspects and the other being governance and citizens’ participation. The infrastructure is often met with challenges in finding resources and adequate financing. The participant will receive a fist hand knowledge about social impact investments in water and other  public sectors. (Facilitated by experts from Oxfam, WB and external speakers)

Mapping of ECA’s social accountability landscape. This interactive session is aimed at identifying promising opportunities for enhancing social accountability work across the region. The participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and identify priority issues for engagement in social accountability work in their respective countries. The session will also highlight current support areas of donors in social accountability. (Facilitated by GPSA)