School closures, increased vulnerability to abuse, mental health strains and loss of access to vital services have hurt children deeply. But not all children have been affected equally. The pandemic has exposed deep inequalities that have existed for too long, with the worst consequences on children in the poorest countries and communities and those already disadvantaged. UNICEF’s 2020 Annual Report on Standby Arrangements underscores how 2020 was a year like no other. By deploying experts, DSS water made an important contribution.

UNICEF’s Standby Arrangements is a series of partnerships with external partners, including NGOs, governments, inter-governmental organisations and private companies. It provides deployment of expertise for temporary additional support to UNICEF and UNICEF led clusters to enhance the capacity to respond to emergencies and humanitarian crisis.

In 2020, during the extraordinary response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF’s Standby Arrangements rose to the challenge and together with partners UNICEF continued to mobilise critical and timely support to its work in humanitarian emergencies. DSS water is one of UNICEF’s partners.

A total of 175 deployments were undertaken during the year to 46 countries, 18 of these deployments were completed with experts through DSS water.

The full report, including the stories of DSS water experts Marij Zwart, about her deployment to Brazil, and Souleymane Sow, about his work in South Sudan, can be found here.