Agenda For Change delivers new generic road map to apply principles for collective action and support to local governments
The Agenda For Change initiative was launched in 2015 with a group of like minded organizations recognizing the need to change ‘business as usual’ in the sector and to set out what we think we need to do differently so that everyone, everywhere can use water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services that last forever. The first step was a to develop a set of principles to guide our actions in the years to 2030 (end date for achieving universal access to WASH).
Aguaconsult, along with the other core founding members, including Water For People, WaterAid and IRC, have been collaborating in a number of countries to align behind local government and coordinate support so that it is more transformative, rather than fragmenting and undermining permanent institutions and actors responsible for delivering WASH services.
A new roadmap has been developed as a tool to enable different actors, working in a range of decentralized settings, to think through and plan their work, whilst at the same time putting local government in the driving seat. The roadmap presented here is not meant to be prescriptive. Systems strengthening processes are rarely linear and do not follow narrowly-defined steps, and as such we recognise that it is often the case that users may start halfway along such a roadmap, go back some steps, to then move forward again. Rather, the roadmap presents a framework of elements for a systems-building agenda for WASH services at the district level. The specific sequencing of activities and even whole steps will need to be adjusted to the context of a specific country or even district, recognizing that countries and sectors move at different speeds and are in various stages of development
We acknowledge that this roadmap is still a work in progress in most countries, and few districts have seen through all the steps. As and when more experiences are gathered, this document will be updated; download the road map here.