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Introducing the WASH Systems Academy

The WASH Systems Academy is a new dynamic online platform will be available to assist WASH sector professionals in applying a WASH systems strengthening approach. The Academy will help you understand the WASH systems strengthening approach:

Training

Online Training: WASH Systems Strengthening – the Basics

WASH Systems Strengthening: the Basics, is the inaugural course of the WASH Systems Academy, which provides and introduction to system thinking and WASH. This foundational course consists of nine interactive and engaging sessions dedicated to topics such as the origins and rationale for a systems strengthening approach, hygiene promotion, service ladders, how to leave no one one behind—among many other topics. The course provides a solid understanding of:

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IRC WASH Systems Academy

The WASH Systems Academy is an online learning platform developed by IRC to empower professionals around the world with the knowledge and tools they need to create lasting water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

Ensuring that water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services last requires holistic thinking and strong systems in place. With the WASH Systems Academy free online courses, everyone can get to know the basics of how to deliver resilient water and sanitation services and be part of the change needed to leave no one behind. 

Technical Brief

Sustaining Rural Water: A Comparative Study of Maintenance Models for Community-Managed Schemes

As rural water supply coverage rates rise across many countries, attention is increasingly being paid to finding and implementing cost-effective mechanisms to ensure this improved initial access is sustained over time. Conventional approaches to maintenance have largely been based on voluntary community-based management with communities taking on the burden of maintenance themselves, with limited, if any, support from external agencies or local government. Recently, there have been attempts to professionalize maintenance services and make these services affordable at the point of delivery.

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Mobilising Finance for WASH: Getting the Foundation Right

A substantial increase in sector financing is needed for governments to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6). Mobilizing finance to address the SDG 6.1 and 6.2 financing gap successfully and sustainably will require more than innovative or sophisticated financial vehicles and mechanisms. To move to scale, private and public investment hinges on core foundational issues being addressed in the water sector by service providers, governments, and other enabling environment stakeholders.

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Stakeholder-Driven Factor Mapping for WASH Systems

The Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (SWS) is piloting factor mapping workshops to improve stakeholders’ understanding of complex WASH systems and align their perspectives on the key components and the interactions between them that lead to improved service delivery outcomes. Factor mapping is a type of focus group activity that enables participants to visually represent the interactions between different factors in a system.

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Finding New Solutions to Strengthen Local Systems and Improve WASH Service Delivery and Sustainability

This fact sheet highlights SWS’s work in Ethiopia and Uganda, where SWS is working with local actors to better understand and strengthen local systems for rural water and small-town sanitation service delivery. In each location, SWS is promoting and facilitating learning alliances as a vehicle for more sector coordination and innovation. These platforms bring together actors at the district and town levels around a shared vision to develop and execute collective actions to strengthen systems for sustaining WASH services.

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An Examination of the Causal Conditions to Successful Revenue Collection for Preventive Maintenance Services to Sustain Rural Water Systems

This research brief presents findings from a comparative analysis by University of Colorado Boulder of the conditions that influence whether rural water users pay for preventive maintenance of water services. Whave, a partner of the USAID-funded Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (SWS), uses a preventive maintenance model to support sustainable water services in Uganda’s Kamuli District.