PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Water, Sanitation, Hygiene & Sport
Papua New Guinea has the greatest percentage of people living without access to safe water in the world (60%) and high rates of diarrhoeal diseases in young children due to poor hygiene practices. PNG has also been identified by Human Rights Watch as one of the most dangerous place on earth to be a woman, and women are marginalized in many aspects of Papua New Guinean society.
This program recognises that sport is a compelling, far reaching tool that plays a role in norming behaviour and connecting with decision makers. As such, the initiative has interlinking objectives of:
increasing sport participation
creating more female leaders
changing hygiene behaviour.
The initiative is delivered in a partnership between WaterAid PNG, the PNG Government and local sporting organisations. It works by using WaterAid’s existing programs which focus on improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene in communities and schools, building the capacity of sport partner organisations that promote female participation and connecting through sport to change behaviour and influence policy.
GameChangers helped get things started by:
Conducting an in-house process to help WaterAid staff understand the potential of sport as a development tool.
Contributing to PNG based scoping & design process.
Facilitating partnership development processes.
Mentoring through the first phase and supporting the roll out with on-going problem solving and connection making.