REACH expands support to the WASH Cluster at global and local levels

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In July 2015, REACH launched a new partnership with the Global Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Cluster (GWC), led by UNICEF, aiming to provide general support and counselling in Information Management and Assessments, and to strengthen the WASH Cluster’s capacity at both global and country levels for evidence-based decision making and aid planning.

As part of this partnership, REACH aims at improving practices and tools by reinforcing the linkages between information management and assessments during the humanitarian programme cycle (HPC) of any given WASH humanitarian response, and more specifically during the phases of ‘Needs Assessments and Analysis’, ‘Implementation and Monitoring’, and ‘Operational Review and Evaluation’.

With this purpose, REACH has seconded two experienced IM and assessment staff to the GWC’s Field Support Team. Through this secondment at a global level, REACH will contribute to strengthen the IM and assessment capacity of the GWC.

In order to support country-level WASH clusters, REACH staff members will also be deployable in 48 hours – under the GWC umbrella – to respond to new or protracted emergencies. Through such deployments, the GWC and REACH will provide IM and assessment support to WASH clusters at a field level and, more specifically, will support the implementation of assessments and capacity building activities to strengthen evidence-based planning and response of WASH clusters prior, during, and after emergencies.

Image: Information Management officer, Sven Schmitz-Leuffen, during a REACH presentation in Niger