Prioritize Water, Sanitation and Hygiene  in Political Parties Manifestos
  • Petitioned Political Parties in Sierra Leone

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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Network of Sierra Leone
Political Parties in Sierra Leone

Prioritize Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Political Parties Manifestos

    1. WASH-Net Sierra Leone
    2. Petition by

      WASH-Net Sierra Leone

      Freetown, Afghanistan

The target of Millennium Development Goal 7 calls to “halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation”.
In July 2010 the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution A/RES/64/292 declared safe and clean drinking water and sanitation a human right essential to the full enjoyment of life and all other human rights.

The campaign is important towards ensuring access to water and sanitation as human rights constitute an important step towards making it a reality for everyone. It means that:
• Access to safe water and basic sanitation is a legal entitlement, rather than a commodity, privilege or service provided on a charitable basis;
• Communities and vulnerable groups will be empowered to constantly remind their elected representatives and monitor promises at local and national levels;
• Achieving basic and improved levels of access should be accelerated to meet the needs of groups and communities mostly in need.

The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Network in collaboration with WaterAid Liberia and Sierra Leone together with other key stakeholders therefore need greater increase in the percentage of the national budget going towards WASH services and to further prioritize the sector for effective delivery.

This petition is therefore tied to the Network’s four core strategic objectives as follows:
Increased citizen awareness and CSO have enhanced/adequate capacity to advocate for WaSH issues; WaSH is prioritised in SL policies and programmes; Institutional capacity and monitoring is effective and contributing to WaSH implementation; increased funding for wash and used in a transparent manner.

Considering the many international instruments our governments have signed up to, less have been achieved so far as CSOs on the frontlines of WASH advocacy we want to ensure constant and constructive engagement at that initial stage of campaigning that allows wider public debate through open forums and effective media campaigns.

We strongly believe with this campaign and petition the general citizenry will be given the opportunity to hold their locally elected representatives to account and to further remind them of their promises to make WASH as a human right for not only the poor and marginalized, but for every Sierra Leonean.

Water is a key factor in the socio-economic development and the fight against poverty. Deliberate efforts are therefore needed in the management of the resources in order to sustain the desired socio-economic development and to achieve target 10 of the MDGs which aims at halving, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water.

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Recent signatures


    1. WASH Manifesto Campaign Kicks Off with Political Parties

      WASH-Net Sierra Leone
      Petition Organizer

      Placing WASH at the heart Political Parties’ Manifestos and national development agenda in Sierra Leone.
      The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Network of Sierra Leone in collaboration with WaterAid is embarking on engaging key political parties in Sierra Leone to include WASH in their various campaign manifestos for the 2012 presidential and parliamentary elections onward.

    2. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • kadiatu kanu FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE
      • over 2 years ago

      I live in a community with no pipe born water and were to fetch water is very difficult. You will found out that there are lot of illnesses cause by lack of clean water. Therefore I am in support for our politicians to given attention to an enabling environment for people to access clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene.

    • Henry Bazira KAMPALA, UGANDA
      • over 2 years ago

      Access to water, sanitation and hygiene is a right for every human being, including animals. It cannot be treated as a previlege that is accorded by and to a select few. The health of a population is a critical indicators of the country's social and economic growth and development. It should be in the interests of politicians and governments that their populations have ready access to water, sanitation and hygiene.

    • Abass Kamara MAKENI, SIERRA LEONE
      • over 2 years ago

      Water is life. Addax BioEnergy Fuel Company have destroyed water bodies in their operational areas in the Makari Gbanti Chiefdom, Bombali District. The people living in those communities are now suffering seriously as I write this piece.

    • Nadia Mileris ABERDEEN, SIERRA LEONE
      • over 2 years ago

      We used to have very good water supply here in Aberdeen, but since 3 months, Guma has done something to our line, so now we only have a TRICKLE of water , I have complained to no avail.

    • Mohamed Nameen Jalloh FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE
      • over 2 years ago

      Because not only water is life, but safe, clean and accessible drinking water is more important to the health of all Sierra Leoneans. Mohamed Nameen Jalloh-Director Defence for Democracy and Human Rights-Sierra Leone.


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