Tanzania Water and Sanitation Network

Lake Zone

COVERAGE OF TAWASANETs LAKE ZONE
Our work for the Lake Zone covers six administrative regions, namely Mwanza, Shinyanga, Kagera, Geita, Mara and Simiyu.
Lake Zone

LAKE ZONE WASH LEARNING FORUM

BACKGROUND
The Lake Zone Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Learning Forum has been established by Tanzania Water and Sanitation Network (TAWASANET) under the support of Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC). The mutual idea was to establish a zonal WASH forum in the Lake Zone that aims to be a forerunner for other zonal WASH fora in Tanzania. The Lake zone WASH Forum was inaugurated at a stakeholders meeting jointly organized by TAWASANET and WSSCC in Mwanza on 15th September 2014. Participants to the inaugural meeting included the national WSSCC coordination team, TAWASANET Secretariat, TAWASANET members in the Lake Zone, Mwanza Urban Water Supply and Sanitation (MWAUWASA) and WASH sector Capacity Building institutions. A working group has been elected at the end of the meeting to take the process of formalizing the zonal forum as a learning point for subsequent establishment of other zonal forums in Tanzania. With support from INTERTEAM Tanzania, a follow-up second forum was held in Mwanza on 12th November 2014, which was hosted by Governance Links Tanzania.
 

OBJECTIVE
The Lake Zone WASH Learning Forum is a broad group of stakeholders working for water, sanitation and hygiene promotion at national, regional and district level. The overall objective of the forum is to increase voice, information, and influence of citizens at district and ward level, in order to enhance WASH strategies within the Lake Zone.
 

CORE TEAM 
1. Mr. Donald Kasongi – Convener, from Governance Links Tanzania, Mwanza
2. Ms. Josephine S. Lemoyan – Member, from AFORD, Mwanza
3. Ms. Editrudith Lukanga – Member, from EMEDO, Mwanza
4. Mr. Max Perel-Slater – Member, from Maji Safi Group, Shirati/Mara
5. Mr. Noel Kihoza – Member, from EDFO, Mwanza
6. Ms. Annatina Jäckle – Member, from INTERTEAM, Mwanza
 

COVERAGE OF THE LAKE ZONE WASH LEARNING FORUM
The Lake Zone of Tanzania consists of six administrative regions, namely Kagera, Geita, Mwanza, Shinyanga, Simiyu and Mara. It was decided to inaugurate the forum with existing TAWASANET members in the zone and subsequently expanding through recruitment of other interested members in the sector.
 

SUMMARY OF DECISIONS AND OUTPUTS

  1. Establishment of Lake Zone WASH learning Forum. The establishment is the result of WSSCC/TAWASANET’s learning forum held on 15th September 2014, hosted by Governance Links Tanzania in Mwanza.
  2. It has been agreed that every region should be represented by two representatives to coordinate the zonal forum. At the moment a zonal Core Team is supervising the Forum’s activities and is led by a zonal convener.
  3. The functional roles of the Lake Zone WASH learning forum, the operational and communication structures have been defined.
  4. Through group works during the 2nd Lake Zone WASH Forum on 12th November 2014, a priority of activities to be undertaken in 2015 have been identified. Networking (Communication) and WASH Learning (School WASH, Household Sanitation and Hygiene and Water Resource Management) are the top priorities to work on. Responsibilities, capacities, potential strategic partners in- and outside the Lake Zone have been discussed.
     

PLANS AND ONGOING ACTIVITIES TO STRENGTHEN THE ZONAL FORUM

  1. To strengthen the agreed operational and communication structures
  2. To identify and acquire other non-governmental stakeholders working on WASH issues in the Lake Zone
  3. To identify regional representatives
  4. To mutually organize a learning event/exhibition to learn more about other’s capacities and strengths
     

ATTACHEMENTS

-          Outcome Document from the Working Group (pdf)
-          1st Lake Zone WASH Learning Forum Report (pdf)
-          2nd Lake Zone WASH Learning Forum Report (pdf)