Learn what other CBOs, NGOs, donors, and governments are doing to create water services that last. Models, tools and inspiration!
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Infrastructure asset management is a series of systematic and coordinated management practices that help maximize performance whilst minimising costs and associated risk. This case study looks at the implementation of asset management in two municipalities of South Africa: Amatole and Chris Hani district municipalities
The NGO Water for People has helped the administrative blocks, Sagar & Patharpratima, boost coverage and improve sustainability. Triple-S looks at success factors and possible obstacles to continued progress.
Rather than installing more pumps or building more latrines, NGO Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Canada aims to build a more effective sector. A new case study examines their strategy and the results.
“Closing the gap: WASH sector devolution and decentralisation in Malawi” takes a close look at how donor financing and lack of awareness about access to funds for both infrastructure and capacity building can be better aligned; particularly in Malawi’s decentralised water sector. Ultimately, political pressure and leverage of central government, development partners, and local government on the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development (MoAIWD) will be instrumental in determining the pace and scope of devolution in the sector.
Water For People adopted the "Everyone, Forever" approach. Read the case study to learn lessons on scaling-up rural water and sanitation services.
Water For People and Triple-S studied the "Everyone &Forever" approach for WASH services in Chinda, Honduras.
Instead of simply counting beneficiaries, Water for People uses sustainability as their measure of success.
UNICEF's sustainability checklist looks at institutional, social, technical and financial indicators to evaluate the sustainability of rural water supply projects.
Honduras developed a monitoring system that tracks multiple factors underlying sustainable service delivery and links monitoring to corrective action.
Plan International's global review of their expenditures on water supply and sanitation takes into account the cost of implementation, software components and post-construction support.
Monitoring the sustainability of a water supply service is complex. The most commonly used proxy indicator is functionality which is usually measured as a one-time check on a water facility or water point to determine whether or not the system is working. Typically this results in a binary assessment (yes/no). This indicator can work with simpler point sources (hand pumps) where the system either works or it does not. But, it has limitations when applied to more complex piped water systems, which generally do not fail completely, but rather show gradual decreases in performance levels.