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Specialist course: Advocating for universal WASH services

Published on: 23/07/2020

WASH Systems Academy - advocacy course

Want to increase your impact? Be a WASH advocate!

In celebration of its first anniversary, the WASH Systems Academy will be releasing the next specialist course, 'Advocating for universal WASH services'.

                                                                

This 8-hour course helps you to get started or boost your advocacy for sustainable WASH services for all. Get inspired. The course is full of examples of advocacy for WASH. By the end of the course, you will have created parts of a draft strategy to kick off or refresh your advocacy activities.

For those wanting to know more on the main challenges in the WASH sector and its root causes, there is an extra optional session 'WASH services for all'.

After completing this course, you will know:

  • What is advocacy
  • Ways to start advocating for strong WASH systems
  • How to start monitoring progress in achieving your advocacy goals
  • The role of advocacy in WASH system strengthening

Here's how to register for the course

Session overview

This course has eight sessions which take an average of one hour per session to complete. Complete all the sessions in consecutive order (i.e. from Session 1 to 8).

The sessions are:

  • Welcome!
  • Session 1: Introducing advocacy
  • Session 2: Getting started with advocacy
  • Session 3: Defining your goal
  • Session 4: Selecting the target audience
  • Session 5: Strengths, limitations & partnerships
  • Session 6: Advocacy activities
  • Session 7: Crafting messages
  • Session 8: Reflect and adapt
  • Extra session: WASH services for all
  • Certificate
  • Course resources
  • Course activities

The activities in each session are different, but expect to:

  • Listen to podcasts by WASH advocacy professionals
  • Watch animations and videos aimed to inspire you
  • Connect with others in forums
  • Do exercises, polls and quizzes
  • Read short texts explaining key concepts
  • Create your own advocacy strategy
  • Get to know the tools to boost your advocacy
  • Be inspired by the many examples of advocacy for WASH
  • Test your understanding with multiple choice questions. You can answer all questions as many times as you like.

Each session ends with optional materials if you want to know more.

Go to the WASH Systems Academy landing page

The WASH Systems Academy is an initiative of IRC.