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Experiences in WASH systems strengthening

WASH Results Programme learning brief #4


Institutional sustainability is a fundamental part of realising the global goal of providing sustainable WASH services for all. This brief explores some of the approaches used by the three WASH Results Programme suppliers to strengthen systems for sustainable WASH services: working with and between public, private, community organisations and structures. SAWRP reflects on supply chain strengthening work with local sanitation entrepreneurs; SNV share lessons on working with local government to support inclusive, district-wide approaches to service delivery; and SWIFT describes approaches to professionalising water user committees and brokering between stakeholders in fragile contexts.

The £112 million WASH Results Programme aimed to support poor people in 11 countries to access improved water and sanitation, and to practise improved hygiene.

WASH Results operated under a Payment-by-Results (PbR) modality, where suppliers receive payment upon successful verification of their results. This was intended to incentivise both large-scale delivery and longer-term outcomes. Verification was systems-based, meaning that the third-party monitoring and verification agent contracted by DFID independently appraised the suppliers’ monitoring systems and verified that the data they produced were accurate and realistic.