Among the multitudes of WASH actors in Liberia, WaterAid Transboundary Programme in late July bagged an award of recognition for its leading role in WASH advocacy, outstanding support to the sector and value addition contributions to the steady progress the country’s WASH sector is marking. The award of recognition forExcellence in Advocacy for WASH was presented to WaterAid at the conclusion of a two day Joint Sector Reviewing Gbanga, Liberia where all WASH actors were gathered to review WASH sector performance, identify bottlenecks and to come up with a plan to advance WASH delivery.

The review meeting also saw presentations of certificate of recognition to over ten other organizations and Government WASH line institutions for their support and services to the sector and five Awards of Excellence. WaterAid received the award of “Excellence in Advocacy for WASH” on behalf of the Liberia CSO WASH advocacy group and partners. A citation was read before the presentation of the award to WaterAid. See below wordings of the citation. Excellence in Advocacy in WASH Achieving major benchmarks in the area of WASH never comes easy. From the presidential signing of the WASH compact, to the developing plans for WASH, to inclusion of WASH in the budget, to creating awareness on activities and to hosting the first ever National Water Resource and Sanitation Board meeting, advocacy becomes a factor no one can ignore. Organizations both INGOs, local and CSOs have taken this challenge and have since kept their foot on the pedal.

Today we recognize the work of all of these organizations through the WASH advocacy awards. Kindly join me to welcome outstanding contributions for the advocacy in WASH sector by calling up on stage WaterAid to receive this on behalf of the Liberia CSO WASH advocacy group and partners.

Written by Aruna Augustine Kamara