The global HP TWiG brings together hygiene promotion specialists from a range of NGO and UN organisations to focus on hygiene programming issues for the resolution of issues and elaboration of initiatives that can facilitate hygiene programming in operational contexts. The original HP TWiG for example, was instrumental in developing and designing the series of HP training resources for use with community hygiene workers, HP officers and HP coordinators.
The HP TWiG has been re-established partly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the absence of a singly HP coordination platform and discussion forum. The COVID response has led to multiple initiatives and engagement in the humanitarian sphere of HP, such as academic institutions.
The creation of the HP TWiG at this stage is in line with the GWC strategic objectives and commitment and vital to:
i.) enhance the coordination of WASH cluster partners work on hygiene promotion in the context of the Covid-19 and longer-term,
ii.) ensure that multiple initiatives are complementary and iii.) in line with existing humanitarian standards
- Objective 1 - Coordination: To ensure that HP related initiatives are coordinated across WASH cluster partners and complementary with new initiatives developed outside of the GWC;
- Objective 2 - Technical support: To provide specific technical guidance to the Covid-19 pandemic (identify existing guidance / develop and/or adapt if needed) to support WASH cluster partners and national WASH cluster strategies to mitigate the PH impact of covid-19;
- Objective 3 - Knowledge management: To develop and share best practices and lessons learned, building upon existing KM platforms;
- Objective 4 - Advocacy: To identify needs for advocacy together with WASH cluster partners and develop / update key advocacy messages if needed, to be communicated through appropriate channels;
Longer-term goal: to coordinate and technically support WASH cluster partner’s Hygiene Promotion work
- Objective 1 - Coordination: To coordinate the WASH Cluster partners’ projects related to Hygiene Promotion;
- Objective 2 – Capacity Building: to build knowledge and capacity in hygiene promotion based on past and ongoing crisis (capacity building needs analysis, roll-out of online, organise trainings with institutes etc.)
- Objective 3 – Knowledge management: to assist the GWC in sharing tools and good practices through existing channels and new platforms if needed;
As one of its Strategic Principles, the GWC works in partnership with all WASH actors - government, local NGOs, INGOs, development NGOs, academia, private sector - to find solutions to issues arising in humanitarian contexts. The TWiG members commit to participate on a yearly basis.
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