Aguaconsult; Directorate-General for International Cooperation, The Netherlands; German Toilet Organization; Viva con Agua ; Welthungerhilfe;
"$30 brings clean water a person" - The promise made by marketing departments of WASH implementers and accepted by donors and governments. The truth is this may provide first time access to people but not sustainable services. The theoretical foundation for sustainability is established in the WASH Sustainability Charter but translating broad policy discussions into practice is proving difficult.
This seminar builds on the Agenda for Change initiative, the WASH Sustainability Forum and a workshop on Post Implementation Monitoring (PIM) where practitioners, funders and government debated obstacles to general uptake and scaling up of corrective actions to improve sector sustainability..
State and non-state WASH actors have project monitoring systems and tools that capture project implementation data to report against budgetary investments, fund raising and marketing. Fewer actors collect and share information on investments after the project ends. The concerns of WASH practitioners include: monitoring for sustainability is not budgeted; fear of reporting failure of services; and,, ambiguity about responsibility for corrective action.
Monitoring, reporting and greater transparency about failures and success after the project and support to governments to use this information will help keep our promise of universal access to WASH services by 2030.
14:00 Welcome and Setting the Scene
Thilo Panzerbieter, German Toilet Organization
Setting the Scene: The Sustainability Crisis in the WASH Sector, Harold Lockwood, Aguaconsult
Confessions of Failure
14:05 Implementing partner confessional: The sustainability challenge from a practitioner and donor perspective
Stephan Simon, Welthungerhilfe and Christian Wiebe, Viva Con Agua
14:15 Local government confessional: Are local governments fulfilling their role to ensure sustainable service delivery?
Aggrey Nayuhamya, Chairman of Kamwenge District in Western Uganda
14:20 Research and learning confessional: The "Agenda for Change" - a good step into the right direction?
Dr. Patrick Moriarty, IRC
14:25 Donor confessional: The “Sustainability Clause" - what it can do and what it cannot
Dick van Ginhoven, DGIS
14:30 Question and Answers
Round Table Discussion
14: 40 Round table discussion on the following themes:
What change in programming would increase long-term sustainability of services? What incentives are needed?
Reporting Back and Closure
15:15 Reporting back from tables
Program design and management