The Network has four areas of activity: research, implementation and scaling up, creating an enabling environment, and monitoring and evaluation. These areas of activity are reflected in the remit of four working groups:
|Working Group||Lead facilitator||Key areas of interest|
|Knowledge advancement||WHO||research, knowledge management, technology assessment/verification|
|Implementation, integration and scaling up||UNICEF||achieving implementation at scale, approaches to integration of HWTS with water and health programmes|
|Policy, advocacy and communications||WHO||global and national level advocacy and policy formulation/review, sharing of expertise on effective communications tactics|
|Monitoring, mapping and evaluation||UNICEF||monitoring global progress in HWTS, mapping country level implementation|
Capacity development is deemed to be a cross-cutting issue relevant to the activities of all four groups and thus working groups are expected to address this within their particular scope of activities.
The purpose of these groups is to carry out activities in line with the Network strategy and offer opportunities for Network participants to contribute in a collaborative and coherent manner. The working groups aim to produce tangible outputs that contribute to the Network mission, objectives and targets and provide regular updates to the broader Network membership on their activities.
Each group is co-convened by one or more participants of the Network who have expressed an interest in leading these activities. Designated working group conveners will be responsible for inviting and engaging with working group members to determine a specific agenda and activities as appropriate and relevant to the Phase II Strategy (available for download here). Based on emerging HWTS-related developments, the Network Secretariat may suggest specific tasks for consideration by the working groups. General oversight of all groups will be provided by the Secretariat with WHO and UNICEF contributing technical inputs in their respective areas of expertise and experience. All groups will provide updates on work to the Network as appropriate through the various communication modalities (listserv, newsletter, annual meeting, workshops, webinars, etc).
The guiding principles for the working groups are as follows:
Current Status: In early 2012, the Working Groups released their combined work plan of activity for the coming year. Download it here
For further info, contact Ryan Rowe, Network Communications Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.