Umesh Pandey has been elected as a member for South Asia in the Steering Committee of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) for the next three years. WSSCC works globally for the promotion of water, sanitation and hygiene. Pandey won the election through an online polling process that took place from 17 June to 3 July 2011. The election was fought against contender Mr. Aniruddhe Mukerjee, from India. Mukerjee received 109 votes, while Pandey received 153.
Pandey is the Director of Nepal Water for Health and was the National Coordinator of the WSSCC Nepal Chapter prior to being elected in this new role. The WSSCC members from South Asia participated by casting their votes in the one-member, one-vote process. Pandey will be joining members from 8 different regions worldwide on the WSSCC Steering Committee.
WSSCC was established in 1990 with the mission to achieve sustainable water supply, sanitation and hygiene for people globally. They work in the areas of advocacy, awareness, knowledge management and networking. In Nepal, WSSCC has provided support for those in the sector to undertake activities in these areas. WSSCC dedicates most of its effort to sanitation and hygiene, especially in third world countries, to reduce the economic and human loss resulting from a lack of access to improved sanitation. WASH media campaigns and awards have been an important part of WSSCC activities, both globally and in Nepal. Sanitation and hygiene promotion programmes are under implementation in five districts of Nepal through the Global Sanitation Fund, which was launched in Nepal with the support of WSSCC in 2010.