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Monitoring and sustainability

On the ground realities and inclusion

Katharina Welle at the IRC symposium
The second day of the WASH M&E Symposium built off the momentum gained from the day before. Many interesting topics were discussed, including how well information gathered from monitoring truly reflects the reality on the ground and the inclusion of equity in our monitoring efforts in order to reach universal access. Both of these presentations encourage practitioners to truly understand the realities of those on the ground.

Equity, the politics of monitoring and smart technology

Participants at one of the sessions of the IRC symposium in Addis Ababa
The second day of the Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery Symposium has been really exciting, with a lot of interesting presentations. I want to share here the four ideas that were most appealing to me: The Polictics of Monitoring; Applying an Equity Lens; Heterogeneity in Women's Experience? and The Potential of Using Smartphones in Monitoring Sanitation.

IRC symposium on Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery Symposium kicks off in Addis Ababa

Opening session of the IRC symposium
Yesterday (9th April 2013), the Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery Symposium, started in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. There are 409 participants from different institutions –international NGOs, governments, academia, consultants– involved in the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) sector, coming from all over the world. Here, I will just share some of the most enlightening insights of my first day.

Reflections from the first day of the IRC symposium on Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery

IRC Symposium opening
Over 400 people from 58 countries gathered together in Addis Ababa to begin 3 days of discussions on sustainable WASH M&E. The symposium is hosted by IRC (with support from the Government of Ethiopia, AMCOW, and various organizations) and includes WASH practitioners from government, NGOs, international organizations and academics, among other participants. The vision of the symposium in short is to drive towards "strong national sector monitoring systems that allow for planning and sustaining WASH services". There's a strong push towards government-led monitoring systems and continuous monitoring over time, not only of infrastructure but of the various components of WASH service delivery (e.g. the financing, the cost effectiveness, the behaviour changes).

Report from the Ranchi workshop on 'Sustainability of Rural Sanitation Initiatives in India'

From the 8th to the 11th December 2012, the Government of Jharkhand, the CLTS Foundations, WSP South Asia and WSSCC jointly organised an international workshop on 'Sustainability of rural sanitation initiatives in India' in Ranchi, Jharkhand, India.

Read the Ranchi workshop report


Date: 5 March 2013

CLTS impact study Mali

Powerpoint presentation on the CLTS impact study being carried out in Mali, giving information on the background, purpose, baseline and learning so far. The research is being funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and conducted as a research collaboration of the Center for Distributive, Labor and Social Studies (CEDLAS) of Argentina (Universidad Nacional de La Plata), UNICEF and the PEP Research Network.

Date: 5 March 2013

UNICEF Zambia CLTS Newsletter January 2013

Community meeting Zambia

WASH newsletter produced by UNICEF Zambia and the Ministry of Local Government and Housing, featuring articles on the national verification and certification process,feedback from a WASH Planning meeting, information about a new wave of implementation of the 3 million people sanitation programme and an interview with a CLTS champion.

Download the January 2013 edition of the newsletter

Date: 4 March 2013

Toilet Coverage and Sanitation Performance in India By States (2001-2011)

Sanitation coverage by state (India) in 2001 and 2011

It is widely accepted that India’s “Total Sanitation Campaign has been a failure”.

In 2001 rural sanitation coverage was 22%. In 2011, ten years of Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) later, the Government of India claimed that coverage was 68%. But recent Census data revealed that real coverage was only 31%. This means that less than one in five toilets reportedly constructed is in place.

Date: 4 February 2013

Collaboration of Knowledge Links and Art of Living on CLTS in Guna, Madhya Pradesh

As a strategy to ensure sustainability and to strengthen local capacity to carry out CLTS in other villages of Guna District, Knowledge Links along with Art of Living (AOL) has facilitated the evolution of a local non-profit organization of Natural Leaders (NLs) in Guna, Madhya Pradesh.  The organization is known as Madad Samiti.

Read about Madad Samiti

Date: 4 January 2013


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