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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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
A lot has happened since our last newsletter in 2017 and we continue to work on a range of interesting projects and with committed and equally engaging clients. From research into policy influencing, strategic support to leading global NGOs, in-depth field research into sanitation financing and micro-financing mechanisms and the design of innovative faecal sludge management (FSM) approaches, our portfolio continues to grow, both in scale and in diversity. Please read on for more information on our work and areas of expertise and explore the rest of our website.read more
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.read more
The Zambia Sanitation & Hygiene Programme (ZSHP) aims to reach 3.6 million people in rural areas with improved sanitation and hygiene practices, and covers 68 districts of the country. The £23 million DFID funded programme is implemented by UNICEF and the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ). It started in 2011, and is due to finish in September this year.read more
In September last year, Aguaconsult was commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to undertake a review of experiences in engaging the private sector in FSM services. The review focussed on cities where BMGF and DFID had funded such initiatives, which included Accra, Blantyre, Dakar, Durban, Freetown and Kampala.read more
Aguaconsult, in partnership with Maple Consult, is investigating local expenditure on sanitation and hygiene services in four districts in Ghana. The consultancy was commissioned by the Environmental Health and Sanitation Department (EHSD) with support from UNICEF Ghana. Goufrane Mansour (Aguaconsult, project manager), Robert Van Ess (Maple Consult, national WASH expert) and Didier Allély-Fermé (Aguaconsult associate, technical lead) reflect on some of the challenges involved and the emerging picture on public financing for sanitation.read more
The challenge of achieving the SDGs is upon us and with this concrete and short-term objective, the sector is finally taking the issue of financing more seriously, which is a very good thing but not before time.read more
In November 2016 Aguaconsult joined the HEART consortia, which provides DfID with on-demand rapid, quality technical assistance for their programmes around the world.read more
Scoping urban sanitation services in three countries: what does it tell us about the race to the SDG 6.2 and how can research accelerate results?
In early 2017, Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) commissioned a situation analysis of urban sanitation services in Bangladesh, Ghana and Kenya, in order to identify potential research areas as part of the DFID-funded Urban Sanitation Research Initiative....read more