WWD2011 Presentation – Diarmuid McClean, Health Adviser, Irish Aid

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April 4, 2011

Focusing WASH Strategies 

Presenting first on the panel, Dr Diarmuid McClean of Irish Aid urged honesty on the subject. He acknowledged that Irish Aid, among many other groups, has lost sight of the basics in practice. Challenges include water lacking a clear “home,” strong leadership, and an accountability structure. McClean questioned whether or not we have conceptually constrained ourselves, since WASH is not simply linked to health, but is also a foundation for agriculture, educational facilities, and promoting gender equality. He conceded that “we’re a little bit off track, but also in a very good position to rethink our focus and strategy in these areas”.

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