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One Drop creates world-class water, sanitation & hygiene advisory committee as international water programming expands
One Drop, the international non-profit organisation created by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte, which promotes the combined power of safe water for consumption and production while inspiring behavioural change towards water and proper hygiene practices through social arts, has announced the creation of an expert level advisory committee on international water, sanitation and hygiene programmes.
Bringing together a cross-section of expertise in the international development arena, the committee's mandate is to advise One Drop's board of directors and management team with a view to improving the management and maximising the impact and sustainability of its next generation of programmes.
One Drop's model - the A?B?C for Sustainability - integrates three key components - Access to water and sanitation, Behavioural Change using social arts and Capital for economic development in order to strengthen the sustainability of its interventions. The diversity of backgrounds, knowledge and expertise brought together through this committee reflects the organisation's systemic, integrative and collaborative approach to resolving the water and sanitation crisis.
The committee will be chaired by Clarissa Brocklehurst, an internationally recognised expert in the field of water, sanitation and hygiene. From 2007 to 2011, she was Chief of UNICEF's Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Section. Prior to working with UNICEF, she managed major WASH programs for WaterAid and the Water & Sanitation Programme of the World Bank. She serves on the Board of Trustees of WaterAid UK and is a member of the Strategic Advisory Group of the WHO-UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme, responsible for monitoring the progress on water and sanitation worldwide.
"I am very glad to have an opportunity to chair this diverse group of experts and support One Drop to continuously improve its programming," she says. "One Drop brings unique attributes and new ideas to the water, sanitation and hygiene sector, and we look forward to working with them to address the challenges in ensuring sustainable services for all."
Catherine B. Bachand, CEO of One Drop, adds: "Over the last few years, One Drop has demonstrated substantial success in ensuring the sustainability of its water and sanitation interventions on three continents, particularly through the inclusion of a strong behaviour change component.
"Our unique approach was refined and solidified. Now, as a fast growing organisation that believes in strategic alliances and innovative partnerships in and beyond the WASH sector as the way forward, we've asked world-class experts to help us further increase the impact of our programmes.
"With their guidance, we are primed to bring about One Drop's unique contribution towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, ensuring water and sanitation for all by 2030.
"To do this, One Drop has developed the unique A?B?C for Sustainability intervention approach, an award-winning combination of strategic and operational initiatives designed to sustainably address access to safe water."
Joining Clarissa Brocklehurst on the committee are Louis C. Boorstin, managing director for Water, Sanitation & Hygiene at the Osprey Foundation and former Deputy Director of the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene programme at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Kim Longfield, director of Strategic Services & Evaluation at Population Services International and expert in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning; Jonathan Tétrault, executive vice president, chief operating officer, and chief business officer of Cirque du Soleil and former head of McKinsey's Montreal practice as well as its North American Institutional Investment Practice, as well as Board member of One Drop; and Peter John Winch, professor and director of the Social & Behavioural Interventions Programme in the Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
18th February 2016