Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (SWS)

Applying, researching, and learning about systems-based approaches to improve the sustainability of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene services​.

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Upcoming webinar: Using Network Analysis to Understand & Strengthen WASH Systems
(Feb 21)

Universal access cannot be achieved without addressing the sustainability of WASH services. This requires taking a comprehensive, long-term view of service delivery and changing local systems. While the sector recognizes this shift in programming is necessary, there has been limited exploration of what approaches work, what benefit they bring to sustainability, and how they can be applied effectively.

The Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (SWS) is working to identify locally-driven solutions to the challenge of developing robust local systems capable of sustaining WASH service delivery.  With the ultimate goal of increasing the sustainability of WASH services, SWS is using network analysis to better understand the complex interactions and interdependencies of actors in a local WASH system.

 

     

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    Overview

     

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    Sustainable services remain a daunting challenge in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector. Traditionally, national and local governments, WASH service providers, and development partners have focused on the construction of WASH facilities and the expansion of service coverage. Less emphasis has been placed on sustaining and maintaining existing WASH services. As a result, failure rates of water supply and sanitation systems continue to be high.

    Universal access cannot be achieved without addressing the sustainability of WASH services. This requires taking a comprehensive, long-term view of service delivery and changing local systems. While the sector recognizes this shift in programming is necessary, there has been limited exploration of what approaches work, what benefit they bring to sustainability, and how they can be applied effectively.

    The Sustainable WASH Systems (SWS) Learning Partnership tests new ideas, approaches, and tools to overcome barriers for improving WASH service sustainability. We seek to:

    • Influence USAID to apply evidence on how systems approaches can help improve the sustainability of future USAID WASH programs, and

    • Catalyze national and international uptake of successful systems change approaches.

     

    Details

    Acronym: 
    SWS
    Activity Status: 
    Active
    Start Year: 
    2016
    End Year: 
    2021
    Award or Grant Number: 
    AID-OAA-A-16-00075
    Funding Level: 
    $15,300,000
    Resource Partner: 
    USAID
    Prime Implementing Partner: 

    COUNTRIES

    Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda

    TAGS

    • capacity building, community infrastructure, hygiene, improved sanitation, local systems, sustainability, WASH infrastructure, WASH systems operation, water supply sector, water systems management, financing, governance, institutional strengthening, rural water supply, small town sanitation

     

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    Partners

    Consortium

    University of Colorado Boulder leads a consortium of partners who are developing, demonstrating, learning about, and sharing evidence on systems-based approaches for improving the sustainability of WASH services. With implementation of systems-based approaches in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda, USAID – and the broader WASH sector – will gain an understanding of how, and under what conditions, these approaches can be effectively applied in future programs.

    SWS Steering Committee

    Our Steering Committee is comprised of leadership from our consortium member organizations.

    • Jonathan Annis, Tetra Tech
    • John Butterworth, IRC
    • Rich Fromer, LINC
    • Adam Harvey, Whave
    • Rob Hope, University of Oxford
    • Ella Lazarte, USAID
    • Karl Linden, UCB
    • Harold Lockwood, AguaConsult
    • Lyn McLennan, WaterSHED
    • Shawn Peabody, EI
    • Eddy Perez, UCB

    SWS Advisory Board Membership

    SWS is advised by a group of respected members of the global WASH community.

    • Clare Battle, WaterAID-UK
    • Louis Boorstin, Osprey Foundation
    • Jenna Davis, Stanford University
    • Aaron Kabirizi, Uganda Ministry of Water and Environment
    • Adeeb Mahmud, FSG
    • Heather Skilling, DAI
    • Tjip Walker, USAID

       

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      Resources

      SWS is developing a body of knowledge about the cost of different systems approaches, their benefits, and what is needed to sustain them; how to effectively apply these approaches to new or existing activities; the conditions that support and inhibit different approaches; and the effectiveness of certain approaches. Through a series of knowledge products, webinars, and other resources, SWS will share evidence and lessons related to systems approaches and tools with the broader WASH community.

       

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      Contact Us

      Ella Lazarte, USAID, MLazarte@usaid.gov  
      Eddy Perez, University of Colorado Boulder, Eddy.Perez@colorado.edu