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

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.