Using Network Analysis to Understand and Strengthen WASH Systems

On February 21, 2018, the Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (SWS) conducted a webinar that provides an introduction to network analysis and early lessons learned from analyses conducted in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Cambodia. SWS is using such analyses to better understand the complex interactions and interdependencies of actors in a local WASH system, with the ultimate goal of increasing the sustainability of WASH services.

 

African Sanitation Academy: Market and Feasibility Study in Southern Africa

This study is based on interviews with 66 key informants and officials from countries in Southern Africa, which together with limited desktop research, were conducted to gather and compile information and explore the possibilities for sanitation leadership training in the region. The Southern Africa study carefully considered the capacity building and leadership training needs of the urban sanitation sector (more than the rural sector).

African Sanitation Academy: Feasibility Report

This report collates the regional feasibility studies, which indicate that a lack of leadership in the sanitation sector is a significant factor contributing to poor performance. They also highlight the limited existing opportunities for developing leadership and management competencies through short, focused, “just-in-time” methods that meet the needs of the individual. Overall, the data has shown a high degree of congruence on whether it is feasible to create an ASA and what it should look like.

African Sanitation Academy: Market and Feasibility Study in East Africa

There are still many people who do not have access to improved sanitation and hygiene facilities or services in East Africa. For cities and other areas throughout the region, a lack of core country systems for sanitation, and a weak enabling environment, means that the building blocks for sanitation management and leadership are absent. To make the situation more challenging, targeting and implementation of sanitation improvements are clearly not meeting the needs of lower-income areas.

African Sanitation Academy: Market and Feasibility Study in West Africa

There are still many people who do not have access to improved sanitation and hygiene facilities or services in West Africa. For cities and other areas throughout the region, a lack of core country systems for sanitation, and a weak enabling environment, means that the building blocks for sanitation management and leadership are absent. To make the situation more challenging, targeting and implementation of sanitation improvements are clearly not meeting the needs of lower-income areas.

Water Currents: Fecal Sludge Management

Worldwide, 2.7 billion people rely on on-site sanitation, but many lack the means to manage fecal sludge—the muddy mix of fecal matter that accumulates over time in septage or pit latrines, which can have significant health and environmental implications. As a result, fecal sludge management (FSM) has become a key component of providing universal sanitation access.

Municipal Services Program – Sindh Community Mobilization

Sindh is Pakistan’s second largest province in population and economic output. Despite Sindh’s economic progress, however, education indicators remain low. According to data from the Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement (PLSM) 2014-2015, the overall literacy rate in Sindh is 56%, while the male and female literacy rates are 67% and 43%, respectively. The Community Mobilization Program (CMP) supports the Government of Sindh’s education reform and USAID’s Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP).