Alliance for Global Water Adaptation / Aqua for All / Earthwatch / IHE Delft / Stockholm International Water Institute / The Coca-Cola Foundation / United States Agency for International Development

Tackling Persistent WASH Programming Challenges

Thursday 29 August | 14.00-15.30 | Room: M6

Over decades, donors, implementers and researchers have debated how to increase the reach, impact, effectiveness and sustainability of water and development funding. This has led to widely acknowledged principles, best practices and evolving funding modalities, reflected in declarations like WASH Sustainability Charter, approaches like results-based financing and alliances between dedicated organizations and donors.

This event contributes to the ongoing discourse with a dedicated look at three well-known but persistent challenges:

  1. How can water-related projects effectively form alliances and co-design sustainable solutions with local stakeholders, when funders require specification of results in advance?
  2. How do evaluation metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) impact the performance of WASH programmes, and how to we prevent that KPIs discourage systemic interventions with high but long-term impacts?
  3. How can donors and implementers better incorporate learnings about past WASH investments to increase reach, impact, effectiveness and sustainability?

The event will present and contrast lessons and recommendations donors and implementers draw from recent project experiences and ex-post evaluations. Using a World Café format, the session will invite critical and in-depth discussion between funders, researchers, implementers and beneficiaries, to share key learnings on program effectiveness, and reality-check guidelines and practice recommendations from multiple perspectives.

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


14:00 Introduction

Eddy Moors, IHE Delft

14:05 Pitch Presentations World Café

  • Co-Designed vs Predefined Results: Funding structures that enable participation, Wehn, IHE Delft 
  • Performance vs. Systemic Intervention: Evaluation metrics that encourage sustainable impacts , John Matthews, AGWA 
  • Learning from past investments: Increasing reach, impact and sustainability of WASH programmes , Abbie Jones, USAID 

14:15 World Café workshop Round I

14:35 Stock taking of the discussions so far

14:40 World Café workshop Round II

15:00 Feedback from World Café facilitators

15:10 Plenary Discussion

John Joyce, SIWI 

15:20 Reaction Round: What we learned in this session

  • Titia Wouters, Aqua for All
  • Martin Kerres, AGWA
  • Steven Loiselle, Earthwatch
  • Dorcas Onyango (tbc), The Coca Cola Foundation

15:30 End of Session