Global Water Partnership / Stockholm International Water Institute / United Nations Children’s Fund / United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

How to increase the impact of WASH sector diagnosis tools?

Thursday 29 August | 09.00-10.30 | Room: M1

The context in which WaSH services are delivered is dynamic, rapidly-changing and complex. Therefore, planning and prioritization processes need to be context-specific, as "one size fits all" solutions will rarely work to ensure inclusive access to WASH. Indeed, the success of these processes depends critically on the collective action and contributions from all stakeholders, playing their role effectively and efficiently.

Creating platforms for multistakeholder dialogue emerge as a necessary step in the right direction. A variety of tools are available to diagnose, generate evidence and analyse the complex interplay of institutional and legal structures and processes that determine how effectively human, material and financial inputs are turned into increased access to WASH. From a dual perspective – the designer and the implementer -, this event will present various tools that have been largely implemented in the WASH sector for improved planning and increased water governance:

WASH Bottleneck Analysis Tool

Equitable Access Score-card

Risk Assessment for WASH

Presenters will discuss the relevance of these tools and their main implementation gaps from the perspective of different types of stakeholders. The discussion will revolve around the outcomes and the impacts achieved in service delivery, particularly from an equity and non-discrimination perspective.

Gold standard events are committed to ensure the gender balance in speakers/panellists and young professional representation in the session.


09:00 Welcome and Opening remarks
Alejandro Jiménez, Stockholm International Water Institute

09:15 Debate - How to increase the impact of WASH sector diagnosis tools? - A facilitated dialogue between selected key speakers and participants will be promoted through different mechanisms (e.g., word cloud pictures, Facebook live chatroom, interactive question and answer sessions, etc.) around a short list of burning and thought-provoking issues: the enabling environment for successful application of WASH tools, the actors that need to be involved in the selection, design and implementation of WASH information and tools, the “bottlenecks” and the challenges in the implementation of WASH tools for addressing equity and non-discrimination, etc. 

  • UNICEF will share its experience in the implementation of the WASH Bottleneck Analysis Tool (WASHBAT), from the donor perspective.
  • Emma Anakhasyan (Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment) will share her experience in the implementation of the Equitable Access Score-card tool, from the viewpoint of the human rights community.
  • Lenka Thamae (Orange-Senqu River Basin Commission) will share his experience of developing an investment plan for Climate Resilience, from a River Basin Authority perspective
  • A representative of the Government of Kenya will share his/her thoughts and impression concerning the utility of these tools for planning and decision-making. 

The debate will be facilitated by Alex Simalabwi, Head-Climate Resilience & WACDEP Global Coordinator for Global Water Partnership

10:15 Summary and Wrap-up - The designers of the three tools will conclude the session by reflecting on what they have learned from the discussion, picking up the “controversial” points from the debate and synthesizing them for the audience. 

  • Guy Hutton, United Nations Children’s Fund – the WASH BAT Tool.
  • Diane Guerrier, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe – the Equitable Access Score-card.
  • Ranu Sinha, Global Water Partnership – the UNICEF WASH Climate Resilience Tool.

Key remarks of the session will be finally highlighted by Monika Weber-Fahr, Global Water Partnership Executive Secretary.

10:30 End of session