Lessons on sustainable WASH from Timor Leste

As part of the series of case studies being produced for WaterAid to document their work on sustainable WASH service deliver, Aguaconsult has co-authored a report on experience from Timor Leste This document is aimed at WASH practitioners and policy-makers working to develop the management and support functions of local institutions, ensuring they are well placed to manage services on an on-going basis. It seeks to share WaterAid Timor-Leste’s[http://www. wateraid.

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Aguaconsult supports the Kingdom of Swaziland to undergo its first Joint Sector Review

Despite considerable achievements, such as raising improved water access from 39% (1990) to 74% (2015, JMP 2015), finalising the Integrated Water Resources Management Master Plan, and undertaking key sector studies, the water and sanitation sector in Swaziland faces a number of challenges. Sustainability of water services is a major issue, government data suggests access to improved sanitation is declining, and many informal urban settlements lack adequate options for water and sanitation services. Whilst the government has set its vision for universal water and sanitation access by 2022, the sector lacks an overarching plan to achieve this, or a monitoring system to track progress towards this.

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Tanzania Payment By Results

Aguaconsult was involved in a consortia which carried out an independent verification of DfID's Payment By Results Programme (PbR) in Tanzania.  Under this programme DfID will pay local government authorities (LGAs)  according to the progress they make at improving access to clean and safe water. So if a LGA has 100 functioning water points one year, and 115 the following year, they will get extra money for the extra 15 water points.

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Building a learning sector

What it takes to build a learning sector: the case of the Appropriate Technology Centre, Uganda Uganda is often cited as a shining example in sub-Saharan Africa for its development of a coherent policy environment, its nation-wide ‘golden indicators’ for monitoring and its annual joint sector review processes. Over the last few months I have been leading a team, together with IRC Uganda, to carry out an institutional study of the Appropriate Technology Centre[http://www. atc.

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Supporting national monitoring systems in Madagascar

As part of our role in the Independent Process Monitoring and Evaluation for DFID/UNICEF, we are about to start an assessment of the national monitoring system (SE&AM) in Madagascar for the Ministry of Water. Like in many other places in the developing world, a monitoring system has been developed for the WASH sector in Madagascar and over time, substantial financial and technical support has been provided to strength it. However, with scarce human resources to keep data flowing, the sector raises fundamental questions about the frequency of update, the reliability of data, the usability of the platform and the usefulness of the information generated.

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Myanmar: WASH in the land of a thousand pagodas

Myanmar update: WASH in the land of a thousand pagodas Last month Julia and Harold visited Myanmar as part of on-going technical support provided to UNICEF under a global programme funded by the UK government’s Department for International Development.   UNICEF is working with the Department for Rural Development (DRD) and the Ministry of Health at local government level, as well as a number of national NGOs to provide piped water supplies with metered household connections and generate demand for household construction of latrines. These interventions, combined with improved hand-washing practices, are aimed at improving the lives of some 300,000 in the so-called ‘dry zone’ of Myanmar.

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