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Lessons Learned from the Participatory and Inclusive Approach to Preselecting Target Municipalities in Benin and Côte d’Ivoire

Summary

USAID’s West Africa Municipal Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (MuniWASH) Activity supports municipalities to provide sustainable water and sanitation services to vulnerable and underserved populations in urban areas. Early on, MuniWASH used a participatory and inclusive approach to shortlist 20 municipalities as potential partners for the project. The approach included a range of inputs from stakeholder consultation to the development of location criteria and data collection to preselect ten municipalities in each country. In addition, through the preselection approach, MuniWASH learned lessons about national level data sources for the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector and noted gaps in disaggregated municipal WASH data. This brief presents lessons learned from the preselection process.

This brief is also available in French.