Despite significant increases in water and sanitation coverage worldwide since the establishment of the Millennium Development Goal, problems persist with premature failure of infrastructure, below optimal services, and stagnation of coverage. Amidst austerity and shrinking aid budgets, many donors have become focused on ensuring that their investments result in durable outcomes to maximize impact and ensure value for money. It is in this climate that a large number of sustainability assessment tools and frameworks have been developed to help development partners and government identify the bottlenecks and drivers to sustainability. Two different “mapping exercises” were done to assess the supply of sustainability materials. These included 1) a meta analysis of over 220 different sustainability resources looked at various factors (e.g. objective, content, process, output, target audience) and 2) a detailed comparative analysis of five specific tools looked at the application, complexity, scalability, and cost. The results of these mapping exercises along with general conclusions and links to further resources are contained in this presentation.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia