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One WaSH National Programme M&E support (Ethiopia)

The One WaSH National Programme (OWNP) involves some 2.4 billion USD investment over the seven year period 2013-2020. The programme brings together four key government ministries and their related sectors to modernise the way water and sanitation services are delivered to people. It combines the efforts of the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy (lead by its Water and Sanitation Supply Directorate), Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Finance & Economic Development. The programme also brings together government, development partner and NGO activities in WaSH into one coordinated programme.

The OWNP aims to improve the health and well-being of communities in rural and urban areas by increasing equitable and sustainable access to water supply and sanitation and the adoption of good hygiene practices. It combines a comprehensive range of water, sanitation and hygiene interventions that include capital investments to extend first-time access to water and sanitation as well as investments focused on developing the enabling environment, building capacity, ensuring the sustainability of service delivery, and behavioural change. It has rural, urban, institutional WaSH and capacity building components.

The Coffey International / IRC consortium was contracted by DFID to undertake an impact evaluation of the One WaSH National Programme and to provide the programme with technical and managerial support in monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Tasks over a four year period are related to three main areas:

  • strengthening and coordinating M&E systems across the WaSH sectors (task 1; led by IRC),
  • promoting dissemination and use of WaSH data (task 3; also led by IRC), and
  • undertaking an impact evaluation of the nationwide OWNP (task 2; led by Coffey).

IRCs consultancy support to the National WaSH Coordination Office (NWCO) began in March 2015 and the inception phase ended in November 2015. The main outputs of the inception phase were a diagnostic review and an implementation plan for integrated programme-wide WASH M&E. A further six-month implementation phase ran from August 2016 to January 2017 with key outputs developed by IRC including the 2008EFY (2015/2016) annual report for the OWNP, and technical specifications for further development of MIS systems. Coffey and IRC concluded their partnership at the end of January 2017.