The below list of questions and answers aims to address the queries that we tend to receive about WASHwatch.org. If your question is not answered in the list below, or by the glossary, then feel free to email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WASHwatch.org aims to facilitate CSOs in developing countries holding their governments to account for their commitments, and to improve access to information around WASH commitments and budgets.
Anybody can contribute data to WASHwatch.org. You just need to email email@example.com and ask for a username and password. You should read the guidelines for contributors before adding any information.
Anybody can contribute data to WASHwatch.org. You can add comments just by registering for a username via the link in the top right hand corner. To add or edit a country page, you just need to email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask your username to be upgraded. You should read the guidelines for contributors before adding any information (see below).
All countries in the world are available for editing, but not all of them have been activated. If your country is not listed, email us at email@example.com and we can activate your country so you can edit it.
All WASHwatch data is added by contributors from civil society organisations with a good knowledge of the WASH sector in their country. All policy verdicts in any one region are based on the same criteria and questions (see contributor document), and all financial data across the world is based on the same criteria. For comparability, figures for GDP and exchange rates are taken from standardised sources.
WASHwatch.org has no editor, but relies on its user community to make comments and add new data when the situation changes. If you disagree with some analysis, or think it is out of date, please say so via the comments system. If you want to do this confidentially, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently we only have the capacity to have an English version of the site. In due course we hope to have French, Spanish and Portuguese translations of key areas. In the meantime, try using translate.google.com for immediate free translation. Contributors are free to enter data in the language of their choice, but it is better if English is used as it is the most widely-spoken language.
People who contribute data to WASHwatch.org are encouraged to read the full guidelines, available here, before uploading information. This is to ensure that the site is applying the same criteria across countries, so that data is comparable. The document also answers key questions that you might have about how to enter data.
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WASHwatch.org is an online collaborative project. It is an online platform for civil society organisations (CSOs) to monitor government commitments and financing in a collaborative way. The structure of the project allows anyone with an Internet connection and a login to alter its content, and anyone can apply for a login. WASHwatch.org is a host not an editor. Therefore, WASHwatch.org cannot guarantee the validity of the information found here. The administrators should not be taken to endorse any third party comments on the site, or any third party comments to which links are included.
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