Lifewater Joins Leadership Group on International Water and Sanitation

Program Director Dr. Pamela Crane-Hoover to serve on Accord Network’s WASH Alliance Steering Committee


The Accord Network added Lifewater International’s Program Director, Dr. Pamela Crane-Hoover, to serve on its WASH Alliance Steering Committee. The Committee assembles leading practitioners in Christian relief and development focused on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in order to promote excellence in the sector within the context of integral Christian mission.

Crane-Hoover brings to the committee more than ten years of expertise in water resources and community development. “The Accord WASH Alliance seeks to build relationships and promote excellence in the sector, and the Steering Committee serves to coordinate these efforts, including developing principles and standards, appointing working groups, and coordinating the annual summit,” said Crane-Hoover. “I am honored to be working with other individuals and organizations passionate about bringing excellence to our sector; I believe we can accomplish more together than we can separately. I am also eager to offer Lifewater’s four decades of experience, both the positive and negative, to the collective so that we can reach more people, more effectively.”

The Accord Network (formerly known as AERDO) emerged in 1977 from the desire of leaders of Christian relief and development organizations to reduce the feeling of competition among them. Members are expected to ascribe to the group’s statement of faith as well as the Principles of Excellence in Integral Mission. The Accord Network’s website currently lists over sixty members, leveraging over $4 billion annually in resources directed to relief and development worldwide.

The WASH Alliance, which holds an annual summit during Accord’s Developing Excellence Forum, continues its work throughout the year through the Steering Committee and Working Groups formed around subjects of interest to the members. The fourth annual Accord Summit on Excellence in WASH will be held November 4-6 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Lifewater International is a non-profit Christian water development organization dedicated to effectively serving vulnerable children and families by partnering with underserved communities to overcome water poverty. With experience in more than 40 countries since 1977, Lifewater serves people of all faiths, focusing on contextually appropriate water sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) development. For more information, contact Christine Zurbach ( or visit Lifewater International is based in San Luis Obispo, CA.

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