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Published on: 27/09/2019

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (SWS) seeks new ways to improve the sustainability of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services by drawing upon a systems approach and promoting innovation to strengthen service delivery through improved local partnerships. In Ethiopia, SWS is focusing on rural water services and urban sanitation services.

This baseline assessment report focuses on rural water services in two rural districts in Ethiopia. It provides a synthesis of various studies and systems analyses undertaken South Ari, in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region (SNNPR), and Mille, in the Afar Region. All rural water assessments were undertaken with the involvement of representatives from local government, and most were done with the USAID Lowland WASH Activity, which is implementing a broad WASH intervention in both woredas. The baseline studies undertaken include an asset inventory, service delivery assessment, life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA), sustainability check, organisational network analysis (ONA), and factor mapping.

Following a structure based on nine building blocks for the delivery of WASH services (institutions, legislation, finance, planning, infrastructure management and development, monitoring, regulation, learning and adaptation, and water resources management), the report summarises the strengths of the decentralised local systems that deliver services in these locations, describing key actors, factors, and interactions. It then gives recommendations for systems-strengthening activities to improve service delivery. 

Read the full report listed below under Resources. 

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