Sanitation in the focus of Oxfam workshop in Dushanbe

Oxfam in Tajikistan organized a two-day workshop on sanitation that commenced at Lotus hotel in Dushanbe on November 25, 2015.

Representatives from European specialized sanitation institutions, governmental agencies, public and private sectors, civil society actors, academia, donors and international organizations attended the event. The participants discussed sanitation challenges, strategies to integrate sanitation into the urban and rural development processes, shared responsibilities between business, public sector and communities, and creating favourable conditions to increase sanitation investments.


“The workshop aims to support the further strengthening of the sanitation community of practice in Tajikistan and identify the drivers of behavioural change that will in turn attract more actors to the sanitation sector and could lead to investment increases”, - said Bojan Kolundzija, the Country Director with Oxfam in Tajikistan.

The Sanitation workshop follows up on call for action as identified during High Level International Conference, “Water for Life Decade” that took place in Tajikistan from 9th – 10th June. One of the key declarations coming out of the conference was in relation to sanitation and stated:

“We express concern that sanitation still lags behind despite improvements made since the International Year of Sanitation 2008 and the “Sustainable Sanitation: 5-Year Drive to 2015”.

“It is necessary to strengthen coordination between governmental bodies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations operating in the Republic of Tajikistan in order to achieve better results at sanitation sector”, - said Jurakhon Abdurahimov, Deputy Head of Sanitary Epidemiological Service of the Ministry of Health, at the event.

The event was organized by Oxfam’s Tajikistan Water Supply and Sanitation (TajWSS) Network, which is a national multistakeholder platform of actors from government, international institutions, donors, science institutions and academia, public, private and other not-for-profit organizations in the water and sanitation subsector in Tajikistan, who gather regularly in plenary meetings and working groups to advance the national drinking-water and sanitation agenda.

The Network fosters exchange among various stakeholders. Membership is open to all interested organizations involved and working in water and sanitation subsector on the condition that they subscribe to the Network’s purpose and its objectives.

For further inquiry, please contact:
Firuza Gulomaseinova
Media and Communications Officer
Oxfam Tajikistan
Tel: + 992 98 596 00 87
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