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Water Witness International's Newsletter
Welcome to Spills, Thrills and Bellyaches, the new newsletter from Water Witness International. We hope our title stands out from the crowd and grabbed your attention - we think our work deserves it.

In these regular updates we'll be spilling the latest news on important developments for water equity, highlighting the thrills of our most recent achievements, and on occasion sharing our concerns by 'belly-aching' about what needs to change out there to ensure a fair water future for all.

You'll find updates on our programmes: Helping Vulnerable Communities, Driving Water Stewardship, Improving Governance and Aid and Advancing Knowledge and Communication. We welcome your feedback, and if you are at Stockholm World Water Week we’d love to speak in person. Get in touch with the team here.
Fair Water Futures Phase I evaluation
WWI and partners Shahidi wa Maji completed delivery of the DFID funded Fair Water Futures Programme Phase 1 in Tanzania this March, and external evaluation by Oxford Policy Management indicates that social accountability monitoring is a highly promising approach to improving water security, and delivering on SDG 6.  The project successfully delivered increased water security for 160,000 vulnerable people at £0.79 per beneficiary, and dramatically raised the profile of water resources management in Tanzania and the voice of civil society within it.  Read the evaluation executive summary.
Water Stewardship Leaders' Forum and Masterclass
In April, WWI and its partners: the 2030 Water Resources Group, the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), WWF, the International Water Stewardship Programme, Shahidi wa Maji, Diageo and Serengeti Breweries Limited convened the Water Stewardship Leaders’ Forum and Masterclass in Arusha, Tanzania, which brought together 61 business, civil society and government leaders, and water experts to shape the future agenda for advancing water stewardship in East Africa.  The Forum saw Tanzania’s Minister of Water and Irrigation launch the Kilimanjaro Water Stewardship Platform.  WWI and AWS delivered the region’s first training on the Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard, and initiated formation of the Africa Water Stewardship Network.  Read more about the event here.
Suma Kaare (MS TCDC) and Nick Hepworth (WWI)
Group work featuring Eng. Christopher Sayi (National Water Board), Keven Robert (WWF - Tanzania) ad Pendo Hyera (Shahidi wa Maji)
Peer reviewed group work featuring Lukas Kwezi (DFID Tanzania), Lucy Magembe (TNC), Herbert Kashililah (Shahidi wa Maji) and Onesmo Sigalla (WRG 2030)
Day 1 leaders' forum attendees including the Minister for Water - Hon. Gen. Gerson Lwenge
Community water security hearings in Zambia
Under Phase 2 of the Fair Water Futures programme in Zambia, with funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Justice Fund, WWI and partners, Zambia Water Partnership, delivered a series of Community Water Security Hearings with communities from George and Kanyama compounds in Lusaka, Chongwe and Chingola.  The hearings brought together community members suffering from water insecurity with representatives of Government institutions responsible for managing water and water-related issues to establish a shared understanding of the issues and the duties of Government institutions, and to determine actions to improve the situation.  The meetings were an important step in improving the accountability of water resource management institutions to citizens. Read the meeting report for Chingola here, and the meeting report for George & Kanyama compounds and Chongwe district here.
Water security for all? We need these 5 organisational changes - Guardian article
Our Executive Director, Dr. Nick Hepworth, recently weighed in on the top priority changes required to improve performance in the water sector and deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals in an op-ed for The Guardian.  Read the full article here
Upcoming activities 
World Water Week in Stockholm. Aug 28 - Sep 2, 2016 
Members of our team will be attending World Water Week this year and we are delighted to be taking a leading role in a session convened by the World Bank's Global Partnership for Social Accountability on the use of social accountability to advance water security. The session is entitled ‘Secure Water, Empowered Citizens: The Essential Role of Social Accountability’. Find more details here.
Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Global Water Stewardship Forum in Edinburgh, Scotland. Nov 1 - 2, 2016
The first Alliance for Water Stewardship Global Forum will take place in our home city of Edinburgh on November 2nd and 3rd.  A pivotal event for the water stewardship community, the two day event will see representatives from the private sector, international NGOs, academia, governments and multi-lateral organisations come together to take stock and plan for the future. Registration is now open and places are limited so please sign up here.
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