Eawag; Improve International; Sandec; The Water Institute at University of North Carolina;
At the SWWW 2015 edition, the event ‘Mistakes to successes: Learning from errors’ raised intensive reflection and discussions. It was thus suggested to go a step further and deepen the reflection building up on the 2015 results.
A discussion will be facilitated around building blocks of learning from errors on the basis of concrete experiences in the water sector:
Funding mechanisms encouraging translating errors into revised approaches
Donors can encourage adaptive planning by providing flexibility to readjust project plans throughout implementation. They can also encourage tackling chronic weaknesses in the sector. charity:water, for instance, one of the largest US funders of water projects, has set up a specific funding mechanism (the pipeline program) supporting the development of innovative approaches to enhance functionality.
Organisational and project procedures for translating errors into actions
While monitoring and evaluation is crucial, organisations should ensure that actions are effectively taken based on lessons learned. Various instruments exist. Management responses to evaluation reports for example have proven to be effective to enable project adjustments throughout implementation. Continuous Quality Improvement to promote project adjustments based on monitoring results has been piloted and adopted by a few organisations in the water sector in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, and Ghana.
09:00 Setting the scene
09:05 Getting inspired
09:20 World Café session 1
Introduction to the World Café session
A facilitated round table discussion aiming at deepening both building blocks
09:50 World Café session 2
A facilitated round table discussion aiming at deepening both building blocks (continued). Participants have the opportunity to shift to another table/topic
10:15 Key outcomes and wrapping up
Presentation of key outcomes by the table rapporteurs (3 key messages each) and concluding messages.
10:30 Close of event
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