Assessing UNICEF WASH sustainability framework

SIWI participated in the review of a UNICEF WASH programme implemented in nine West and Central African countries.

This programme is a partnership with Unicef

Performance in the post-project period for the lasting provision of safe water, sanitation, and hygiene education (WASH) has become a leading development priority. This element is at the heart of “Accelerating Sanitation and Water for All”, a UNICEF programme conducted in partnership with nine West and Central African countries and the Dutch Directorate General for International Cooperation. To strengthen WASH sector capacities required to sustain service delivery and capacities for planning and monitoring sector performance, UNICEF put in place a dynamic implementation and monitoring framework for sustainability. The process starts with a bottleneck analysis, intended to identify the aspects that are hindering sustainability in service provision. The conclusions of this analysis are agreed upon in a Sustainability Compact, a formal document signed both by Government and UNICEF. Regular sustainability checks are then conducted to identify the progress on sustainability, feed back to the analysis and help focus on key aspects for sustainability.

In the framework of its partnership “Accountability for Sustainability” with UNICEF, SIWI was commissioned to conduct an analysis of the sustainability framework for the programme. The assignment included the review of the Sustainability Compacts and of the first Sustainability Checks conducted in the region.

The conclusions of the report were shared with UNICEF regional and Headquarter representatives during a review of the programme held in the Côte d´Ivoire’s capital Abidjan early April 2016. Observations and recommendations about the process and progress made in country programme were welcomed by UNICEF and informed the conversations during the workshop.