sustainability

Research/Study

A Local Systems Analysis for Rural Water Services Delivery in South Ari and Mile, Ethiopia

This report provides a synthesis of various rural water studies and systems analyses undertaken in two rural woredas (districts) in Ethiopia: South Ari, in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region (SNNPR), and Mile, in the Afar Region. The Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership conducted these assessments with representatives from local government and the USAID Lowland WASH Activity. The baseline studies include an asset inventory, service delivery assessment, life-cycle cost analysis, sustainability check, organizational network analysis, and factor mapping.

Article

Factors Influencing Revenue Collection for Preventative Maintenance of Community Water Systems: A Fuzzy-Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis

This Sustainable WASH Systems study analyzed combinations of conditions that influence regular payments for water service in resource-limited communities. To do so, the study investigated 16 communities participating in a new preventive maintenance program in the Kamuli District of Uganda under a public–private partnership framework. First, this study identified conditions posited as important for collective payment compliance from a literature review.

Report

The State of Water, Sanitation, and Women’s Empowerment

A baseline exploration on Women + Water (W+W) Global Development Alliance implementation areas in Madhya Pradesh, India October, 2018

This baseline evaluation study was designed to collect up-to-date information across targeted communities on activities related to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). This includes insights on WASH facilities, practices, demand for improvement, and women’s agency in decision making.

Project

Tigray Productive Safety Net Program 4

The goal of the TPSNP4 is to “enhance resilience to shock, and improve food, nutrition and livelihood security among vulnerable rural women and men in 12 woredas of Tigray”. Central to achieving this goal are four interlinked domains of change (purposes) including: i) reduced vulnerability to shocks and stresses, ii) increased agricultural production and productivity, iii) improved sustainable livelihoods of vulnerable women, men and youth groups, and iv) reduced malnutrition among pregnant and lactating women, and children under five.

Training

Online Course: Water Education for Sustainability

Water education in schools often boils down to a rather simplistic set of activities, like campaigns aimed at raising awareness about the value and scarcity of water. Yet, the complex sustainability issues behind these concerns are often neglected, or simply unknown by school teachers in their efforts to tackle water education.

Blog

The State of Women and WASH in Textile Manufacturing Communities in India

Addressing the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) needs of females is one of the key priorities for achieving gender equity. Women and girls often have the primary responsibility for managing household water and sanitation—a burden that presents health and safety risks and limits their opportunities for advancement. To address this challenge, USAID and Gap Inc.

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.

Project

Financial Institutions Reform and Expansion

FIRE-D partnered with India’s central, state, and city governments to develop sustainable urban environmental services and to ensure the poor have access to those services. It worked to expand WatSan access to the poor in particular by integrating their perspectives into project planning processes