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.