Global WASH Cluster, 18th July 2016
Access to water, sanitation, and hygiene promotion (WASH) are crucial to human dignity, are vital elements of preventive and public health and can contribute significantly to saving lives, and reducing morbidity. The Global WASH Cluster (GWC) has the primary mandate of “strengthening system-wide preparedness and coordination of technical capacity to respond predictably to humanitarian emergencies, and provide clear leadership and accountability in the main areas of humanitarian response”. The GWC is committed to (1) supporting agencies providing WASH services to those affected by emergencies, (2) ensuring the quality and coherence of the assistance, and (3) ensuring that the assistance is provided in a manner that is equitable, culturally acceptable and protects the dignity of the populations affected by crises. This GWC 2016-20 strategic plan describes how the GWC intends to deliver on these commitments.