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Viswash & Its Mandate

VISWASH in its short existence of 10 years has made meaningful contribution in WASH sector by orienting new organisations in WASH domain, policy advocacy, information dissemination, sensitization to Lawmaker and executioners etc. Viswash lobbied and advocated drafting and adoption of WASH policy by state which has already been drafted.

Voluntary Initiative For Sustainable Action on Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Popuarly known as Viswash is a State level member ship Organizations participated by Civil Society groups engaged in promotion of Potable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Bihar. Viswash is expected to strengthen the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector response in Bihar by means of networking of civil society, sectoral research and Capacity Building institutions and other stake holders. It emphasizes evidence based policy advocacy and capacity building measures for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector in Bihar.
Inspiration behind inception of this network organisation was Water Aid now it has been patronized by Global sanitation fund . It has graduated into a net work organisation dedicated to increased and improved access of safe drinking Water, Minimum acceptable level of Sanitation and Hygiene to deprived section of Bihar. It strive to amplify voices of poor and marginalised so that adequate measures being taken towards helping people realize their rights to drinking water, sanitation and health benefits.

It works for policy advocacy, capacity building, research and facilitation to stake holders to maximise the impact of WASH response in Bihar. It support campaigns, build networks and develop alliances with other institutions dedicated to the interests of poor and try to keep water and sanitation at the fore front of service providers. By using our experience, research and good practice we are able to influence district and state governments and feed in to wider development policies. Viswash is managed by a Board comprised of selected member organisation. The day to day affairs is convened by one of the elected representative organisation known as Host Organisation / Coordinating Agency.

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