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Published on: 24/11/2014

IRC and Hoarec have designed a quasi-randomised control trial to assess impacts of the ONEWASH PLUS programme, and a baseline study on water, sanitation and hygiene across 16 small towns in four regions will be completed in December 2014. The survey is being undertaken by three teams working in Oromia, Amhara/Tigray and Somali (with the support of NGO Hogaan Research Based Organisation) regions. The survey covers households in urban areas and satellite villages, urban water institutions, sources and waterpoints, school, health and other institutions and waste collection enterprises using a mix of specifically trained enumerators and local government and utility staff. Taking advantage of the time savings made possible by mobile data collection (using Akvo FLOW) the first results will be made available to the participating towns in January 2015.

At the same time, a study is underway to assess the main barriers hindering private sector involvement in the WASH sector. Government of Ethiopia and development partners both aim to expand the role of the private sector in WaSH services delivery, but at present the capacity of the Ethiopian private sector to supply goods and services is limited compared to the demand, presenting concerns about ability to achieve targets in infrastructure development and service delivery, competitive pricing and value-for-money. What are the main bottlenecks and how can they be addressed? The study will present its first findings to sector stakeholders in December 2014 including case studies on three specific business areas:

  1. Small and medium sized-enterprises in urban sanitation including solid and liquid waste collection, management and disposal and sanitation hardware provision,
  2. Small and medium-sized contractors in town water supply and
  3. Private well drilling companies.


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