Having the right information and the capacity to manage them is vital to acquire the knowledge to respond effectively in emergencies. Promoting cross-learning, and sharing experienced, technical expertise and best practices are crucial to addressing humanitarian challenges. The WASH Road Map aims to achieve this through initiatives such as the establishment of common virtual space(s) for all humanitarian WASH actors (initiatives 1.1 and 1.2), but also tools such as the WASH Severity Classification -a tool similar to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (initiative 1.3), capable of measuring and anticipating the severity of WASH conditions across various crises and times. Quality is also a primary consideration and requires new monitoring tools to effectively assess the merits of interventions (initiative 1.4). The field of research is also taken into account, notably with the reflection on the research questions to be introduced in the agenda of the next years (initiative 1.5).
Working Group 1 representative is Olivier Mills, from the Center of Affordable WASH and Sanitation Technology