Aguaconsult, together with our long-standing partner in Ghana, Maple Consult, is now carrying out a follow-up assessment of the first phase of the Rotary-USAID partnership which invested in water supply, sanitation and hygiene interventions in five districts in 2012.
In the WASH sector the basic element of water – so fundamental to life – is seen as a vehicle to achieve targets: SDGs, full coverage to households and to improve the quality of life of millions. However, many others sectors which support the enabling environment, the financial flows or even the sustainability of water and sanitation services such as agriculture and hydropower are perceived as competitors or even polluters. Not forgetting that in rural areas most of the households are farmers too, so from their perspective the line between WASH, water resources and other aspects of their lives is actually really thin.
How is the GLAAS useful to countries?
As WASH practitioners, we’ve all heard of the GLAAS and used it in our work. We knew it as a great source of information on WASH sector status, but now we are supporting the implementation of the survey in francophone African countries, and wondering in what ways this process can actually be useful to countries.
This week’s Weekly WASH Graph presents an infographic and a graph, the combination of which reflects what we think should be the core content of WASH investment plans.
The Government of Rwanda seeks to achieve universal access to basic water services by 2024. In order to achieve that target, the Government is promoting what is called a ‘District-Wide Approach’ (DWA). In essence, this is a roadmap for strengthening the systems needed to ensure the delivery of WASH services for the entire district. This roadmap consists of: 1) a number of assessments of the current status of WASH services, 2) a WASH investment plan to get to universal and sustainable access, and 3) the implementation of such plan.
The Civil Society Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (CS WASH) Fund is a five-year programme supported by the Australian government with the objective of enhancing the health and quality of life of the poor and vulnerable by improving sustainable access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Between 2013 and mid-2018, the Fund will have supported 13 Australian and international Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to deliver 29 WASH projects with an investment of AUD103million across 19 countries. The Fund is expected to provide direct benefits to 3.5 million people and indirect benefits to over 10 million people.
Aguaconsult regularly collaborates with international NGO partners such as WaterAid, Water for People and IRC to address aspects of the WASH sustainability challenge; we are also core members of the Agenda For Change collaboration. We are now excited to be supporting WeltHungerHilfe (WHH) with their global Sustainable Services Initiative (SSI) – WHH is one of the largest NGOs in Germany and works in around 35 countries worldwide.
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