New Campaigns Advisor
End Water Poverty welcomes another new staff member, Olivier Germain, as Campaigns Advisor!
A big welcome to Olivier!
7 March 2012
Olivier Germain joined End Water Poverty last week as our new Campaigns Advisor. Previously WASH Consortium Advocacy Manager with Oxfam in Liberia, Olivier also used to be on the EWP steering committee!
We're delighted that he is joining us and thought you might like to find out a bit more about him, so we asked a few questions on your behalf.
Welcome to End Water Poverty Olivier! What made you want to take the job as EWP Campaign Advisor?
I think this is a very exciting position. As a previous Steering Committee member for EWP and having benefitted at a country programme level from EWP tools and materials, I was keen to get actively involved in the campaign. Moreover, my involvement in the implementation of the SWA process in Liberia made me particularly interested in this job, using this experience to work with other countries wanting to engage with this effective framework.
How do you feel End Water Poverty can help in tackling the water and sanitation crisis?
Through its extensive membership of both Southern and Northern civil society organisations, EWP has a strong coordinated voice to advocate for sustainable changes in the water and sanitation sector. By lobbying at the global level while supporting national level processes, EWP is able to tackle issues at the appropriate level and produce tailored advocacy and communication materials.
What are the first projects you'll be working on?
Excitingly, a great deal is taking place in my first few months in post. I will be heading to the World Water Forum and supporting civil society organisations prepare for the High-Level Meeting (HLM) in April. Afterwards I will be looking to provide direct support to priority countries with their engagement with SWA, building on the outcomes of the HLM.
Tell us three interesting things about yourself!
I am bilingual in French and English, and as a kid wanted to be the British Ambassador to France!
Through my travels and working abroad I claim to speak a little Thai, Amharic and Swahili, but all three have started merging in my head to produce some interesting results!
I worked for WaterAid for 5 years from 2004-2009 so I’m glad to be back where I started and looking forward to working with old colleagues and new ones.
What do you think are the major challenges facing End Water Poverty / the WASH advocacy and campaigning sector at the moment?
Although on a global scale significant progress has been made in terms of increasing access to safe water, access to sanitation is sadly lagging behind. A key challenge for EWP members will therefore be to advocate and campaign for the prioritization and increased investments to be made in sanitation to ensure the mutual benefits of water and sanitation can reach those lacking these basic essential services.
What are you looking forward to most about the job?
I’m looking forward to both using my experience of the implementation of SWA in Liberia to support other countries with this process and learn from the EWP members about their context, how they operate, share ideas and see how best we can work together.