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Published on: 16/04/2019

17:00 | 26 June 2019 | The Hague, Netherlands

What can civil society organisations do to advance progress towards SDG 6?
What are the major obstacles that impede their efforts and more importantly, how can they be overcome?

This edition of WASH Debates sought to illuminate answers to these questions.

The event focused on:

  • The various roles that civil society can play in achieving SDG 6
  • The experiences from different strategic partnerships in strengthening these roles, as well as the results achieved
  • The future agenda of strengthening the role of CSOs in achieving SDG 6

Join IRC and partners for a lively event on this topic. For more background on the event, see below.

Register for the event happening 26 June 2019


16:45 - 17:00 - Coffee and tea

17:00 - 17:05 - Welcome Patrick Moriarty, CEO IRC

17:05 - 17:10 - Introduction to theme and programme outline by moderator Daniëlle Hirsch, Both ENDS

17:10 - 17:20 - Voice for Change by Sharon Roose, SNV

17:20 - 17:30 - Fair Green and Global Alliantie (FGG)/ Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action (GAGGA) by Giacomo Galli, Both ENDS

17:30 - 17:40 - Watershed by Esther de Vreede, Simavi

17:40 - 18:25 - Reflections from two discussants: Brechtje Paardekooper, IGG and Renée van Hoof, DSO of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

18:25 - 18:30 - Concluding remarks

18:30 - 19:30 - Drinks


 Daniëlle Hirsch
Daniëlle Hirsch is the director of Both ENDS and the chairperson of the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) NGO platform. Over the years she has been working in many of Both ENDS' projects, mainly in the field of international financial flows, water and climate.


Esther de Vreede
Esther de Vreede is the Director of Programmes at Simavi. After 15 years of working and living abroad, she "landed" back in the Netherlands at the beginning of 2017. Esther has previously worked as a freelance strategic advisor, and before that worked for the Swiss Water & Sanitation NGO Consortium, Caritas Switzerland, IRC and Oxfam Novib.

Sharon Roose
Sharon Roose is a WASH Advisor in SNV and leads the WASH component within the multi-country Voice for Change Partnership (V4CP) advocacy programme. She is also responsible for the WASH SDG programme in The Netherlands.

Giacomo Galli
Giacomo Galli is a Policy Advisor at Both ENDS, a Dutch non-governmental organisation active in the domain of international development, environment and human rights. He bridges international water policy arenas with on-the-ground realities, working with organisations and individuals asserting their right to have a say on the resources on which they (and their constituencies) depend.


In 2014, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of the Netherlands published its policy note 'Dialogue and Dissent' to give shape to a series of new Strategic Partnerships for 'lobby and advocacy'. The key premise behind this is that civil society plays a crucial role in achieving the sustainable development agenda and standing up for social, environmental, economic and human rights. They are the ones who articulate their rights and needs; the ones who need to hold government and other actors to account; and lobby and advocate for changes in policies, legislation and funding. But, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) often cannot fulfil their role.

As part of the Dialogue and Dissent programmes, 25 (consortia of) CSOs were selected as strategic partners in the area of lobby and advocacy for the period 2016-2020. This includes a number of partnerships around the broad theme of water, including Watershed (focusing on strengthening water and sanitation governance); Voice for Change Partnership (focusing on several sectors including WASH) and Partners for Resilience (focusing on resilience amongst others in water resources management).

The key rationale behind these three partnerships is the recognition that the world faces a water crisis, in which still too many people lack access to safely managed water supplies and sanitation facilities, where people are facing increasing levels of water scarcity or are threatened by flooding.

To address this water crisis, CSOs play a number of crucial roles such as:

1. Claiming the human rights to water and to sanitation
2. Holding government to account for their role as duty bearers in WASH service delivery and water resources management
3. Ensuring they have a voice in discussions on access to and allocation of water resources

Social media and event livestream

To keep up-to-date with the latest news on the WASH debate, the following social media hashtags are used: #WASHDebate and #CivilSociety.

Those not able to attend the WASH Debate in The Hague could follow the live stream on IRC's Twitter page.

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7AM, Buitenhof 47
2513 AH The Hague

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