Launch of the Joint Operational Framework - WASH Resilience, Conflict Sensitivity and Peacebuilding
We are thrilled to announce that the Joint Operational Framework (JOF) - WASH Resilience, Conflict Sensitivity and Peacebuilding will soon be released.
The triple nexus and the Joint Operational Framework are - at their core - about joined up action for collective outcomes. The process of the Joint Operational Framework development has been a great example of collective action involving a wide range of influential across the Humanitarian-Development-Peace pillars. We would like to thank all people and institutions involved for their valuable contributions towards the creation of the document - in the extensive review process or via our series of consultations and interviews. More than 40 key informant interviews, 3x global events, 2x regional consultations (Africa & Asia), and an extensive review process (45 institutions, 62 reviewers, 364 comments) were conducted throughout the past two years.
Now its time to celebrate this important milestone for the Triple Nexus in WASH Initiative of the WASH Roadmap 2020-25. We are glad to present you an exciting and high-ranking line up of speakers including:
Confirmed speakers include:
- Susanne Fries-Gaier (Director Humanitarian Assistance, Auswärtiges Amt - German Federal Foreign Office)
- Dr. Danilo Türk (Lead Political Advisor, Geneva Water Hub)
- Catarina de Albuquerque (Chief Executive Officer, Sanitation and Water for All)
- Dr. Callist Tindimugaya (Commissioner, Ministry of Water and Environment Directorate of Water Resources Management, Uganda).
What is the JOF?
The JOF sets out the thinking, a theory of change and key steps for putting the nexus approach into practice within the WASH sector along with establishing strong linkages with the integrated water resource management sector. The JOF provides practical support to WASH programmes to build capacities relating to resilience, conflict sensitivity and peace (where feasible and relevant) within WASH systems, by applying the nexus approach in combination with other programmatic approaches. Leveraging the nexus means to encouraging collaboration, programming coherence and coordination across humanitarian, development and peace pillars within the WASH sector while respecting organisational mandates and acknowledging that solutions are context specific and locally driven. The ultimate objective is to reduce people’s unmet needs, risk and vulnerabilities within the context of the WASH sector, increase their resilience, minimise harm and build peace.
In which contexts is the JOF relevant?
Experience of implementing the nexus approach suggests that it is particularly relevant in contexts prone to protracted (e.g., long term conflict, water insecurity) and recurrent (e.g., floods, drought) crises. In such contexts, humanitarian, development and peace pillars collaborate to provide the required stability to implement long-term programmes. Given the role of climate change as a driver of conflict and protracted/recurrent crises, the JOF is also highly relevant in climate vulnerable contexts.
How was the JOF developed?
The development of the WASH JOF was recommended by the global event ‘Building Resilient WASH Systems in Fragile Contexts’ that took place 2019 in Geneva and was subsequently included as a key deliverable in the WASH Road Map initiative “The Triple Nexus in WASH”, co-led by GWN, GWC, SWA and UNICEF.
The document is the result of an iterative process, based on inputs from more than 40 interviews with key WASH stakeholders across the three pillars, an ongoing literature review of policy, guidance and case studies, a technical review by more than 60 experts, and more than 10 learning workshops and webinars at the global and regional level (Africa and Asia) with inputs from policy makers and practitioners.