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title: "Building a community to improve access to WASH information"
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WASHWeb is a set of participatory initiatives to give you and everyone you know better access to water, sanitation and hygiene information. This web page is where you can find more information about taking part in various ways.
The WASHWeb is made up of people and organizations that work to fill the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) gap to make data discoverable, usable and representative. WASHWeb is meant to serve as an open platform and requires diverse inputs to work. Our vision cannot be realized without community support.
[Join our working groups for more discussion, learning & collaboration](/join.html).
## Working Groups
The working groups facilitate collaboration and discussions on four different initiatives for an improved and healthy data environment.
### Social Justice
Access to safe drinking water is a basic human right, and access to WASH systems is a social justice issue. What information is needed to improve access for marginalized people? What specific ethical issues around data collection, privacy, data ownership, and use of data need to be addressed?
### Using Data Better
There is a wealth of information and knowledge available regarding WASH data. Organizations like the JMP, GLAAS, World Bank, and OECD have generated valuable data for the sector. How can we make this publicly available data more accessible and more usable? How can we incorporate data that is more difficult to find? How can we involve smaller organizations?
### Systems Thinking
In the WASH sector, it is increasingly recognized that systems strengthening is critical to achieve universal services. Understanding and acting on systems requires that qualitative and quantitative information is used holistically in collective action. How do we bring together diverse sources of information to support systems strengthening? What are the benefits and risks of using artificial intelligence and information technology for this task?
### Accountability: 4Ws
The actors accountable for water and sanitation decision-making are often dispersed throughout diverse organizations. As a result, there is a scattered and disconnected WASH data ecosystem. We propose to develop a registry of **Who** works in the sector, **What** they do, **Where** they do it, and **When** its been done so that data is placed in context. Can this make the WASH sector more accountable?
## Joining WASHWeb {#join}
### Who can take part?
We believe everyone has a role to play. Citizens, publishers, private sector, NGOs, and governments can take part to better use evidence to and to make information accessible.
### How can you participate?
Are you interested in one of these initiatives? Find out more about [how to join here](/join.html).
For updates on WASHWeb's work, [follow us on LinkedIn](https://www.linkedin.com/company/washweb/).