TAWASANET is a national network of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) working in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. Its establishment in August 2008 and official registration in October 2008, addressed the need for a coordinating body for strengthening voices of multiple sector CSOs across the country.
The network was initially set up as a membership organization by about 20 local NGOs, who endorsed the first constitution on 26th June 2008. One of its mandates has been to come together and to discuss the importance of CSOs coordinating body to represent the work on their behalf at the national and international WASH fora. As such they endorsed the first constitution on 26th June 2008 and set up TAWASANET as a membership organization, a network which will operate all over Tanzania, and members will be local and international CSOs working on the WASH sector. Current membership also includes individuals with inherent interests and credibility in the sector.
"A Tanzanian society in which all citizens have equal access to safe water and improved sanitation."
"To strengthen coordination and networking of Tanzanian CSOs with all other stakeholders to influence policy makers, promote good practices in the water and sanitation sector and facilitate capacity of its members to implement sustainable water supply and sanitation programs."
TAWASANET is registered under the NGO Act No. 24, (No. 00NGO/00002568).
"Water and Sanitation is one of the primary drivers of public health. I often refer to it as 'Health 101', which means that once we can secure access to clean water and to adequate sanitation facilities for all people, irrespective of the difference in their living conditions, a huge battle against all kinds of diseases will be won"
Former Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO)