Strengthening national WASH sectors

Posted on 13/01/2015 by Julia Boulenouar

The existence of effective national monitoring systems, providing reliable and regular information on WASH services, has been recognised as a key building block for the provision of sustainable services. Yet, many countries currently lack effective monitoring systems and rely on external projects for sector information, often limited to certain geographic areas and basic coverage. 

Aguaconsult has taken part in the work led by IRC in Ghana, Uganda and Burkina Faso, as part of the Sustainable Services at Scale (Triple-S) initiative and the West Africa WASH programme of USAID. Through long term collaboration with Governments and sector agencies, IRC carries out research, pilots experiments and supports Government in the development of systems and approaches that contribute to improving the delivery of WASH services for the sector as a whole. The strengthening of robust monitoring systems that can track services against national benchmarks is a critical aspect of the work and a key measure of the success of these programmes. Aguaconsult’s specific contribution includes the participation in long term research activities, experiment piloting, training workshops and documentation of sector change.