By Babatope Babalobi
The African Civil Society Network for Water and Sanitation (ANEW) has dissolved its Board, and appointed a 7 member transitional committee to steer its affairs for the next 12 months.
The Transition Committee is headed by Mrs Doreen Wandera, Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Water and Sanitation Network (UWASNET). The present Chair of the ANEW, Nigeria’s Leo Atakpu is to hand over to the Committee within the next two months.
These are highlights of key decisions taken at a strategy meeting of the ANEW held last week during the AfricaSan4 held in Dakar, Senegal, to map out the way forward to ensure the voice of the civil society is not muffled but clearly heard everywhere it is meant to be.
ANEW, the continental umbrella of water and sanitation civil society organisations, has of recent been bedevilled with operational crises which has led to the closure of its secretariat in Nairobi Kenya, and non-availability of funds to run its activities.
eWASH gathered that the 12 point terms of reference of the Transition committee include:
- To review constitution of ANEW and conduct elections within the next 12 month.
- Resuscitate the ANEW secretariat.
- Develop a five year strategic plan for the ANEW
- Recruit secretariat staff for the ANEW
- Come up with a work plan to take forward issues discussed in AfricanSan4.
- Engage with donors and African Ministers Council on Water
- Increase communications with its membership as well as visibility of ANEW.
- Carry out institutional and financial audit of the ANEW.
- Hold an Annual General Meeting for the elections into a new board within twelve months.
Speaking on the developing, the outgoing Chair, Leo Atakpu said, ‘there is a task for civil society organise to organise and hold government to its commitments, the ANEW is now re-engineered to commence achievement of all targets and goals set by AfricaSan4 and the oncoming Sustainable Development Goals’
In this 2013 video, Doreen Kabasindi Wandera explains why Sanitation and Water for All is an important global Partnership and how it can add value to her work.