Claire Gaillardou is technical director for water, hygiene and sanitation operations for West and Central Africa at Action Against Hunger (ACF) France.
She is a geographer specialized in access to water and sanitation in arid areas. She also graduated in International Cooperation and Development and is a water technician for international solidarity.
Claire has over 9 years’ experience in the field (in NGOs and research and training institutes), including 7 years in the humanitarian field with ACF for emergency, rehabilitation and development programs in West Africa, South America, the Caribbean and Asia.
Her main thematic areas in terms of operations and expertise include access to water, sanitation and hygiene, the management and reduction of disaster risks, linking relief, rehabilitation and building resilience (LRRD), integrated nutritional security strategies (including the issues of WASH and nutrition, WASH in schools, Water for food security…), climate change adaptation, participatory approaches and local governance, and communication for behavior change and community mobilization. She is the “WASH and Nutrition” focal point for Action Against Hunger France and co-lead of the WASH and Nut working group in the SuSanA network, where you can find her and discuss the themes addressed in this article. http://www.susana.org/fr/