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WaterAid regularly produces materials about policy and practice in WASH.
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Undoing inequity: Process Review

Undoing inequity: briefing note

WaterAid partner feedback: Keystone performance survey 2014

WaterAid partner feedback: Keystone performance survey 2014

Partnership is central to WaterAid’s approach, and critical to our effectiveness in working towards universal access to water and sanitation.

In 2014 WaterAid commissioned Keystone Accountability to conduct a survey of our country programme partners. Keystone has carried out similar surveys for 65 other International NGOs since 2010, and has received responses from a total of 3,926 southern partners. This provides a strong benchmark against which to compare WaterAid’s partner feedback.

The questionnaire was administered to WaterAid’s partners in English, French and Portuguese from 16 May to 20 June 2014. 122 responded out of 247 who were sent the survey.

This was the first time that WaterAid has conducted the survey and there are plans to repeat it periodically in the future.

The responses from our partners have highlighted weaknesses as well as strengths in our approach, and we welcome the feedback to help improve our partnerships in future. This will be supported by training in partnership practice and the partnership framework and toolkit finalised in 2015.

While the results from the survey are important, the real value is the opportunity it provides to have conversations with our local partners and across the whole organisation about the aspects of partnership the survey measures, and to help guide and inform development of our partnership strategies in the future. We have used the findings to identify specific recommendations in each country programme and when we repeat the survey in the future we hope to see our scores increase over time.

WaterAid Nepal annual report 2013-2014

Sanitation Water for All (SWA): learning experiences and success factors in Ghana and Liberia

This report examines WaterAid's recent projects in Ghana and Liberia, providing guidance on best practices and commonly-occurring problems. 

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Sanitation and Water for All

Sanitation and Water for All: how this global partnership has become a dynamic catalyst for change

Delivery of clean water and basic sanitation services transforms lives and brings substantial economic benefits. However, water and sanitation services are too often under-prioritized and underfunded, and current global and national investment is frequently insufficient and poorly targeted.

Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) – a global partnership of developing countries, donors, multilateral agencies, civil society and other development actors – offers a means to improve aid effectiveness through concerted efforts, acting as a catalyst to overcome barriers to development and national planning in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. Through three pillars of activity – the biennial High Level Meeting (HLM), the Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking Water (GLAAS), and the National Planning for Results Initiative (NPRI) – SWA augments action to overcome sector challenges, accelerating progress towards universal access.

As founding members of SWA, WaterAid and Tearfund are greatly encouraged by the excellent progress the partnership has already made. SWA now has an opportunity to build on the goodwill and breadth of the partnership to continue strengthening its activities and building on the commitments made to achieve its vision of a world where everyone has sustainable access to sanitation and water.

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Access for the poor and excluded

This paper considers how tariffs and subsidies can be structured to increase access to sustainable, affordable water supplies in urban areas, especially for the world’s poorest and most marginalized people.

Access to safe water is a human need and basic right. And yet, roughly half of urban dwellers in sub-Saharan Africa and South and South-East Asia lack access to clean, safe, affordable water. The reasons are often financial, with poor people unable to afford connection fees. Meanwhile, utilities often lack the funds to invest in extending water networks into un-served areas, and incentives to do so. Legal barriers such as lack of land tenure, and physical barriers such as the difficulty of laying pipes in crowded urban slums, also stand in the way. As a result, the urban poor often pay many times more for their water from alternative providers because they are excluded from the official water network.

Our water, our waste, our town

Our water, our waste, our town

Supporting civil society to engage in urban water and sanitation reforms.

What is the aim of this manual?

The aim of this manual is to encourage, support and develop the skills of CSO members to take action to reform urban water and sanitation utilities.

This is a reference manual to show some of the methods and tactics that can be used to make a difference. Various case studies show that CSO-driven urban water and sanitation reforms really do work.