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What is the Role of Civic Champions in WASH Market Building?

2019 Civic Champions Presentations at UNC Water & Health Conference and MEDS (Cambodia)

What if we said that leadership skills can be measured? And what if we said that government officials pay to attend our leadership program? One that lasts not just a day, week or even one month, but one year? It might seem that we have strayed far from toilets.

WaterSHED’s Civic Champions program works with commune councilors to approach sanitation as a non-partisan, leadership practice problem. Throughout cycles of training and learning by doing, participants discover new skills, develop implementation methods of newly acquired ideas, and deliver their results through presentations to their peers.

Now in our fourth iteration of the program, we continue to observe growing toilet sales and installation in communes during and after Civic Champions cycles.

In WaterSHED’s 2018-2020 plan of work, we set out to better understand the role leadership development plays in strengthening a local WASH system. With a growing evidence base, we are also working with national and sub-national levels of government to integrate Civic Champions into government training.  

Learn more about the update to our research on the Civic Champions program from our presentations at the 2019 UNC Water & Health Conference and the MEDS Convening (Cambodia):