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Published on: 05/03/2015

There are no one-size-fits-all models for change. But we've identified a number of key actions in the shift towards sustainable delivery of water services. These 'building blocks' are described below in a number of briefing notes which can be downloaded from this website:

An introduction to the ten building blocks that support sustainable service delivery.

Professionalisation of community based-management means moving away from the voluntary provision of water services towards a philosophy of service provision, and working to agreed standards, with greater transparency, accountability and efficiency.

What makes a good monitoring system? They feed into local level planning and decision-making, are realistically designed with existing resource constraints in mind and do not rely on short-term project funding.

Self supply is an approach that can improve the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of water services.

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) potentially harness market incentives to improve service delivery and leverage private capital for investment costs.

Briefing note on the need to shift from aid effectiveness to development effectiveness to make aid effective at the local level.

Community-based service providers need regular, structured support that goes beyond ad hoc technical assistance.

Regulation is a key function for delivering sustainable water services, both in urban and rural environments.

How can national governments, NGOs and donors work together to strengthen local government capacity?

Systematic planning, inventory updates, and financial forecasting for assets carried out, and asset ownership clearly defined.

Learning and knowledge management supported at national and decentralised levels enable the sector to adapt based on experience.


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