Leveraging learning and innovation in NGO led WASH programming
NGOs are a critical players in delivering effective WASH investments, bringing to bear unique skills, organisational characteristics and a commitment to leaving no-one behind. Agility, creativity and a willingness to innovate and learn are hallmarks of successful endeavours.
NGOs are diverse, and this is represented in those implementing the 29 projects of the global Australian supported Civil Society WASH Fund (AUD103m). Explicit support to knowledge and learning (K&L) in the portfolio at every level has facilitated cross-fertilisation of ideas and peer-to-peer exchange that is both valued and has improved programming. Over five years we have seen a maturing in approaches and dialogue on gender and disability inclusive WASH, safe sanitation for ecosystem and human health, and increasingly sophisticated approaches to influencing and building enabling environment
Informed by experiences from Fund partners, session participants will work together to identify key enablers for evolving practice based on K&L processes and evidence. We will learn and discuss how CSOs
- Institutionalise efforts to leave no one behind
- Leverage strengths and fill gaps in sanitation marketing and innovation
- Innovate in FSM for safe sanitation
- Evolve monitoring tools as avenues for gender transformative WASH and building sector capacity
Hygiene Behaviour Change in the Civil Society WASH FundThis synthesis report summarises the lessons learnt by implementing CSOs and partners in understanding the determinants of hygiene behaviour and the tools and approaches used to assess and change those behaviours. This Synthesis Report draws on the Hygiene Behaviour Change e-Discussion, webinar and workshop sessions associated with the CS WASH Fund's Fund Learning and Reflection Event (FLARE).
Enabling Environments in the Civil Society WASH FundThe Theory of Change for the Civil Society Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Fund (2012 – 2018) has encouraged CSOs to work with change agents to strengthen the enabling environment to sustain WASH services beyond the project timeframe. Over four years of implementation, the Fund has sought to better understand WASH enabling environments, explored ways of strengthening local government and the private sector, and developed a tool for CSOs to map their engagement within their enabling environment. Successful CSO engagement in the strengthening of the enabling environment is thought to be a function of a combination of: evidence of key service delivery shortfalls robust analysis of systematic bottlenecks demonstration of successful approaches CSO legitimacy within the sector political willingness (often underpinned by opportunity or crisis) and collective action pre-existing momentum or underutilised capacities. This synthesis report seeks to summarise the learning to date within the CS WASH Fund as presented at the Fund Learning and Reflection Event (FLARE) in engaging with the enabling environment.
Civil Society Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Fundhttp://www.cswashfund.org/
This is the website of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade supported Civil Society Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Fund. The objective of the AUD103m Fund has been to enhance the health and quality of life of the poor and vulnerable by improving sustainable access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Expected outcomes of the Fund are: (i) improved performance of actors in the WASH enabling environment, (ii) improved gender equality, (iii) improved WASH evidence and knowledge base, (iv) improved hygiene behaviour, (v) increased use of improved and equitable sanitation services and (vi) increased use of improved and equitable water supply services. The Fund has supported 13 Australian and international Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to deliver 29 WASH projects in 19 countries between 2013 and 2018.