The USAID Lowland WASH Activity, in partnership with mWater and with support from Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (SWS), developed the Afar Asset Management Systems (AMS) for the Afar Regional Water, Irrigation and Energy Bureau. This partnership piloted the first iteration of the Afar AMS across three rural woredas (districts) in 2018.
This paper explores monitoring and asset management practices in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. The context of water supply monitoring prior to USAID support is documented, and activities are undertaken to strengthen asset management under the SWS and Lowland WASH partnership are detailed. Initial learning on uptake and use of the AMS, particularly regarding how the system is used and the extent to which the insights are informing regional processes and decisions, are reported and discussed. The learning paper concludes with recommendations for priority actions for the partnership to address to increase uptake and use and sustain monitoring.