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Outcome achievements in the WASH Results Programme: data and insights

WASH Results Programme learning brief #1


The WASH Results Programme’s innovative focus on payment for outcomes prompted close monitoring of outcome achievements. The resulting data provides useful insights for the WASH sector on continued access to sanitation and sustained hygiene behaviour. This learning brief presents comparable data on the WASH Results Programme outcome achievements across 11 countries and explores what the sector can learn from them.

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 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 (MV) agent contracted by DFID independently appraised the suppliers’ monitoring systems and verified that the data they produced were accurate and realistic.