Pathways for Collaboratively Strengthening Water and Sanitation Systems

Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (USAID/SWS) research partners collected and analyzed data over the last four years to investigate 11 collaborative approaches that enable local stakeholders to strengthen their WASH systems, each with their own unique design and context. 

IRC’s Learning Alliance model in South Ari District, Ethiopia, allowed district- and zone- level governments, private sector, and non-governmental organizations to work together to strengthen asset management and monitoring. Whave Solutions’ Area Service Provider Partnership in Nakaseke District in Uganda set up new, effective ways to manage water schemes under a single service provider model. The USAID Sanitation for Health Activity used the Collective Impact model to collaboratively develop and implement a nation-wide sanitation marketing strategy in Uganda. 

By rigorously investigating where these approaches were similar, where they were different, and their relative progress on desired outcomes, this research has generated evidence-based guidance for future programs.

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