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Published on: 04/03/2024

This edition of WASH Debates explored the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs' revised results framework for their entire water portfolio, meant to measure progress across the Dutch-funded water programmes.

The first chance to not only get familiar with the Ministry's revised framework, but also learn from (other) implementing partners who are already engaging and applying parts of the framework in their work. During this event, we:

  • Explored the revised results framework
  • Learnt how it has improved
  • Heard from implementing partners on how to apply it

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Our speakers

Get to know our presenters

Jopy WillemsJopy Willems
Senior Policy Officer, Department of Inclusive Green Growth
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Jopy Willems joined the water team two years ago, and is responsible for amongst others the Blue Deal programme, WaterWorX, Fund Sustainable Development and the Dutch Risk Reduction Team.

Furthermore, she is the MEL focal point within the water team. Previously, she worked at the migration department within the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs where she developed a 500 mln partnership with UNICEF, UNHCR, ILO, IFC and the World Bank and at the humanitarian aid department. Jopy has a background in human geography.

Mireia TutusausMireia Tutusaus
Senior Programme Officer, VEI
M&E Learning Advisor, WaterWorX Programme

Mireia Tutusaus has over 12 years experience in water supply and sanitation. Specifically in the fields of water governance, organisational management, and finance.

She earned a Ph.D. from University of Amsterdam in Public Administration where she researched the commercialisation of public water utilities. She accrued extensive experience in the (corporate) private sector before specialising in the water sector and holding teaching and research positions at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education (the Netherlands) and currently at VEI Dutch Water Operators/WaterWorX.

She has a track-record of developing and successfully implementing consultancy and technical assistance projects in partnership with public water utilities, NGOs, sector regulators and Ministries including on-location placements in over 10 countries in Africa and South Asia.

Liesbeth WilschutLiesbeth Wilschut
Senior Advisor PMEL & Water Governance
Blue Deal programme

Liesbeth Wilschut works as a Senior Advisor for the Blue Deal Programme, where she also acts as the partnership coordinator for the partnerships in Asia, Southern Africa, and the Palestinian Territories. The Blue Deal programme focuses on capacity strengthening to enhance water governance and climate-resilient Integrated Water Resources Management in 15 countries.

With a background in Physical Geography, Liesbeth has gained experience in various international (research) projects related to land- and water management and climate adaptation. She holds a Ph.D. in remote sensing and landscape epidemiology.

Maarten Kuijpers
Manager Programmes & Expertise
Amref Flying Doctors

Maarten Kuijpers has over 15 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation within international development, with a focus on the water and sanitation sector. He holds degrees in both International Land and Water Management and International Development Studies.

During his tenure at Amref Flying Doctors he has been a key actor in the MEAL and research agenda on several DGIS-IGG funded WASH and DGIS-DSO civil society programmes. He is a strategic and systems thinker with a passion for sustainable solutions and impact-driven strategies.

Amref Health Africa is Africa's biggest health iNGO with programmes in 35 countries, working to increase sustainable health access in Africa.

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The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ water portfolio revised framework seeks to better capture the width and breadth of its programmes. The Ministry issued the framework, partially in response to a recent report by the Court of Audit called “Resultaten téllen” (Results Count) report. It provides a harmonized approach towards the monitoring of the quantitative indicators, and ways to monitor progress in the enabling environment for water. 

The Government of the Netherlands has ambitious targets for their water portfolio: to provide 30 million people with sustainable access to safe water, 50 million people with sustainable access to improved sanitation and to ensure that on average 3 million people are reached with good water quality and quantity from improved water management services at river basins and deltas. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has improved the monitoring of progress against these quantitative targets (and reported on those to its Parliament and to the public) while also recognizing that these numbers capture only part of the story. Many of the programmes and projects focus on strengthening the systems needed to achieve the targets and ensure outcomes last. Some learning and results questions on the Enabling Environment have been developed.  

This WASH debate aims to explore those improvements and ground them in the lived accounts of implementing partners who are already putting it to use.

Additional links

Algemene Rekenkamer (2024), Resultaten téllen

Algemene Rekenkamer (2024), 'Resultaten téllen' Het verhaal achter het rapport met Hanny Kemna en de onderzoekers

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