Voices at the Table Toolkit


March 2023

Yayasan Plan International and Edge Effect, together with Plan International Australia and Arus Pelangi, recently completed this Innovation and Impact (I&I) project. The project culminated in the development of a "Voices At The Table" toolkit for WASH practitioners. The toolkit provides a guide for national and international WASH practitioners in deepening inclusive WASH practices through step-by-step instructions and the application of participatory action research in project contexts. It serves as a valuable resource for practitioners seeking to enhance their understanding of and engagement with women, people with disabilities, and people from sexual and gender minority groups.

You can read more about the project and the research findings in the project wrap up:

"Voices At The Table" Toolkit equips WASH actors for inclusive practices


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Partnering with Yayasan Plan International Indonesia and Edge Effect


Innovation and Impact projects are contributing to ongoing research and development in Water for Women as a way of strengthening the use of new evidence, innovation and practice for inclusive, sustainable and resilient WASH.


Water for Women is partnering with Plan International Australia and Yayasan Plan International Indonesia to improve the health, gender equality and wellbeing of Indonesian communities through inclusive and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The project, WASH and Beyond – Transforming Lives in Eastern Indonesia aims to benefit more than 556,400 people in rural and urban areas of Manggarai district in Nusa Tenggara Timur Province and Sumbawa district in Nusa Tenggara Barat Province, Indonesia by December 2022.

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Participatory Action Research (PAR) emphasises participation and action by members of communities affected by the research. PAR is a key approach within WASH and Beyond project in Indonesia. Plan International is  partnering with Edge Effect to strengthen inclusion in WASH implementation by using PAR in its own WASH programs, including six groups consisting of women, people with disabilities and other minority groups.


The PAR framework, which involves an iterative cycle of experiencing, reflection, planning and action, allows marginalised groups to identify WASH issues and lead their own responses, thereby putting power in their hands. Individuals also continuously assess the power dynamics of activities.


Through this Innovation and Impact project, partners are advocating for institutional systems-strengthening to reinforce an inclusive environment for WASH programs.


Partners are developing a practical PAR toolkit called ‘Voices at the Table’, to support WASH practitioners to work alongside women, people with disabilities, other minority groups and representative organisations, and to strengthen individual and collective agency to lead development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of actions.


Using inclusive-led processes that involve marginalised groups leading their own ‘action inquiry’ is empowering them to improve safe, accessible, and inclusive WASH practice and policies.



Each toolkit activity includes guidance on adapting the activity for different groups, such as adaptations for blind and sight impaired communities, and for women, who occupy traditional gender roles.


Further, the toolkit includes principles, theories, and case studies detailing how activities can be adapted to support diverse communities and WASH projects, together with duty of care and safeguarding approaches.


It also includes an M&E section covering participatory methods, in addition to completable checklists to support informed decision-making for appropriately and meaningfully conducting activities. To maximise uptake of the ‘Voices at the Table’ toolkit, it is being translated into Bahasa and disseminated widely. Toolkit orientation sessions within the WASH sector in Indonesia and internationally will further strengthen practitioner capacity and inclusive WASH outcomes.


See also

Integrated water management action research in Indonesia

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The Australian aid program is investing in innovation and learning to deepen impact throughout Asia and the Pacific through the Innovation and Impact grants. By supporting partners to further their innovation and impact, we can not only improve WASH outcomes in this region, but also contribute to improved WASH policy and practice globally. Water for Women is proud to be partnering with Plan International Australia, Yayasan Plan International Indonesia (Plan Indonesia) and Edge Effect in Indonesia.


Header photo: In the age of increased climate insecurity, we must listen to the voices of the marginalised, such as Grandma Ne 
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