The Global WASH Cluster has the primary mandate of strengthening system-wide preparedness and coordination of technical capacity to respond predictably to humanitarian emergencies, and provide clear leadership and accountability in the main areas of humanitarian response.As priority, the GWC exists to support the achievement of the 6+1 core coordination functions at country level as described in the 2015 IASC Cluster Coordination Reference Module, which supports the effective and predictable delivery of appropriate WASH services for those affected by an emergency.

Within the GWC, the building of capacity for humanitarian response in emergencies has been noted as a priority in regional, national and global forums. This priority is reflected in the GWC Strategic Plan (2016-2020) where capacity building is a key strategic objective.

The GWC Learning and Training Strategy has been developed to address one of the key strategic objectives of the GWC Strategic Plan and align to the Global Cluster Coordination Unit Capacity Development Strategy. Although the Strategy focuses primarily on capacity building for coordination, supporting the availability of, and access to, technical WASH training courses for partners is seen as key to ensuring the quality of a humanitarian WASH response.

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Upcoming training

Market based programming for WASH in Emergency
Location: Bandung
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Market and cash based interventions are becoming a central aspect of the humanitarian response, including for the WASH sector.

The GWC has included Market and Cash as one of the priority topics for capacity building, and initiated the development of a 5 days residential Market Based Programming for WASH in Emergency (MBPWIE) training with the GWC TWiG on CASH and Market. The training modules were developed in 2018, with a first pilot delivered in Nairobi for the ESA region in Nov 2018.

Training material are now being revised based on lesson learned and feedback from first pilot. A second pilot is planned in September 2019 in Indonesia for the EAP region. A Training of trainer will be organized in 2020 to ensure roll out at global level.

It will be delivered by WASH and cash experts. It targets NGOs and UNICEF staff wishing to develop their knowledge and skills for cash and market based intervention for WASH.