systems thinking

Brief

Finding New Solutions to Strengthen Local Systems and Improve WASH Service Delivery and Sustainability

This fact sheet highlights SWS’s work in Ethiopia and Uganda, where SWS is working with local actors to better understand and strengthen local systems for rural water and small-town sanitation service delivery. In each location, SWS is promoting and facilitating learning alliances as a vehicle for more sector coordination and innovation. These platforms bring together actors at the district and town levels around a shared vision to develop and execute collective actions to strengthen systems for sustaining WASH services.

Brief

An Examination of the Causal Conditions to Successful Revenue Collection for Preventive Maintenance Services to Sustain Rural Water Systems

This research brief presents findings from a comparative analysis by University of Colorado Boulder of the conditions that influence whether rural water users pay for preventive maintenance of water services. Whave, a partner of the USAID-funded Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (SWS), uses a preventive maintenance model to support sustainable water services in Uganda’s Kamuli District.

Case Studies

Presentation: Using Network Analysis to Understand Alignment Toward Collective Action

At University of North Carolina’s 2018 Water and Health Conference, University of Colorado Boulder's Kimberly Pugel presented two case studies to highlight a method SWS is using to visualize the priorities of each actor within a network by combining standard network analysis with qualitative interviews. SWS partners are seeking to strengthen these networks of agencies, organizations, service providers, and users by increasing collaboration and consensus toward a common agenda. 

Blog

Local Investment, Lasting Impact

Cambodian local leaders pledge to lead SWP’s Water Security Improvement Process.

This blog originally appeared on the Sustainable Water Partnership website.

In Cambodia’s Stung Chinit watershed, 40 leaders from civil society and the private sector have pledged to actively participate in the Sustainable Water Partnership’s Water Security Improvement (WSI) process.

Blog

The River Belongs to the People

Team Leader Gordon Mumbo brings a lifetime of experience to the Mara River Basin.

This blog originally appeared on the Sustainable Water Partnership website.

Gordon Mumbo grew up in the small village of Kamuga, in Kenya’s Kisumu County. Year after year, he watched as frequent floods from one of Kenya’s major rivers, the Nyando, disturbed the peaceful flow of village life.

Brief

Understanding the Network that Sustains Rural Water Services in Uganda’s Kabarole District

This research brief presents findings from a network analysis of stakeholder relationships affecting rural water service sustainability in Kabarole District, Uganda. The USAID-funded Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (SWS), with support from IRC, is bringing stakeholders together in a Learning Alliance – a platform for stakeholders involved in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) service delivery and engaged in testing and learning about methods for improving and sustaining it.