Linking water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH) and nutrition has gained momentum globally. National policies and development partners’ strategies in numerous countries already acknowledge the importance of adequate WASH for achieving good nutrition outcomes, and call for WASH interventions to be scaled up alongside and within nutrition actions. More broadly, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will require better sector collaboration.
The Bonn WASH Nutrition Forum 2015 has given the dynamic yet another push. Initiated by the German WASH Network, a variety of stakeholders from academic institutions, government, members of international networks such as Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement and Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) Partnership and non-government organisations (NGOs) across both sectors engaged in discussions during “mirror sessions” in order to identify better sector collaboration for the first time. The conference became a milestone for a number of national and international developments at the WASH-Nutrition nexus