Failing better in the WASH sector

Things can, and do, go wrong in water, sanitation and hygiene. In July 2018, an event at the Water Engineering Development Centre Conference in Nakuru, Kenya, “Blunders, Bloopers and Foul-ups: A WASH Game Show” inspired a call for WASH Professionals to publicly commit to sharing their failures and learning from one another. After months of iterations, including collecting feedback from the sector, we present to you:

The Nakuru Accord: failing better in the WASH sector

Transparency and accountability are necessary for achieving sustainable, positive impacts from water, sanitation and hygiene.  As a WASH professional, I believe that we can achieve this through a culture of sharing and adaptation when things go wrong. To support this, I will:

  • Promote a culture of sharing and learning that allows people to talk openly when things go wrong.
  • Be fiercely transparent and hold myself accountable for my thinking, communication and action.
  • Build flexibility into funding requests to allow for adaptation.
  • Design long-term monitoring and evaluation that allows sustainability to be assessed.
  • Design in sustainability by considering the whole life cycle.
  • Actively seek feedback from all stakeholders, particularly end-users.
  • Recognise that things go wrong, and willingly share these experiences, including information about contributing factors and possible solutions, in a productive way.
  • Critically examine available evidence, recognising that not all evidence is created equal.
  • Write and speak in plain language, especially when discussing what has gone wrong.

 

Please click here if you would like to sign The Nakuru Accord.

 

We also suggest adding to your email signature: I am a signatory to The Nakuru Accord: I believe that things can and do go wrong in WASH and I promote a culture of sharing and adaptation.

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Signatories:

Organisations

SOIL Haiti

Gather

 

Events

Colorado WASH Symposium

 

Individuals

Lisa Andrews

John Peter Archer

Gemma Arthurson

Asegis

Sanjay Banka

Mitesh Baran

Rowan Barber

Isaac Yaw Barnes

Jennifer Barr

Dr Dani Barrington

Joanne Beale

Vikki Bolam

Tari Bowling

James Brown

Sophie Budge

Miller Alonso Camargo-Valero

Dan Campbell

Ken Caplan

Naomi Carrard

Sally Cawood

Robert Chambers

Paresh Chhajed

Ajay Chouhan

Jack T. Chow

Erick Corimanya

Karanja Daniel

Susan M Davis

Noémie de La Brosse

Justin DeKoszmovszky

James Dornan

Sam Drabble

John Edwards

Professor Barbara Evans

Ammar Fawzi

Naomi Francis

Dr. Daniel Gerling

Stephanie Hamel

Clare Hanbury

James Harper, PE, ENV SP

Ben Harris

Jan Hennigs

Cecilie Hestbæk

Andrés Hueso

Angela Huston

Paul Hutchings

Esmaeil Ibrahim

David Ibuyat

Janvier

Dan Jones

Evalyne Kamau

Mofwe Kapulu

Shula Kasongamulilo

Rémi Kaupp

Genevieve Kelly

Ruth Kennedy-Walker

Mohamed S Koroma

Tyler Kozole

Vincent Kutai

Patricia Labina

Kimberly Lemme

Anna Libey

Sara Sánchez López

Arjen Naafs

Lindsey Noakes

Fungai Makoni

Martin Nyanzi Mawejje

Berta Moya

Mujjabi Martin Mukasa

Mumba Matsautso S

Gabrielle McGill

Principal Mdolo

Jamie Myers

Andy Narracott

Kate Neely, PhD.

Muthi Nhlema

Martin Nyamai

Peter Nyamoko

Carolyne Achieng Odero

Ayo Ogunlade

Umesh Pandey

Andrew Francis Price

Bronwyn Powell

Rashid

Dr Kirstin T. Ravndal

Mary Renwick

Claire Rosato-Scott

Kory C Russel

Tristano Sainati

Komal Saini

Raj Sandhu

Sydney Sapper

John Sauer

Lars Schoebitz

Gloria D. Sclar

Pippa Scott

Shawn Shafner

Esther Shaylor

Casey Siesel

Dr Rebecca Sindall

Kanika Singh

Kyla Smith

Elon Sooknanan

Santiago Septien Stringel

Stephanie Tam

Anju Toolaram

S Townsend

Carley Truyens, PE, MPH

Nicholas Valcourt

Naomi Vernon

Marco Visser – WASH for life

Elisabeth von Muench

Bereket Seifu Waldekidan

Nicole Weber

Sian White

Kimberly Worsham

Mariam Zaqout