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The West Africa Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WA-WASH)

The USAID West Africa Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene program (USAID-WA-WASH) was carried out between 2011 and 2015 with the overall goal of increasing sustainable access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in Burkina Faso, Niger and Ghana. The objective of the initiative was to enable:

  • the introduction of low-cost WASH technologies
  • the promotion of appropriate hygiene practices at the community level
  • the implementation of sustainable services delivery models
  • support cooperation between national and regional actors
  • knowledge sharing across the sub-region.

The initiative was funded by USAID and coordinated by Florida International University (FIU) - leader of the Global Water for Sustainability (GLOWS) consortium. Partners included: Winrock International, WaterAid, CARE, the International Water Association (IWA), RAIN, the UNESCO-IHE, IRC, RWSN/SKAT, and Building Partnerships for Development (BPD).

Within the program, IRC Burkina Faso's main task was the implementation of approaches that strengthen the sustainability and scalability of drinking water supply services. Specifically, IRC Burkina Faso had to identify deficiencies and weaknesses of management practices along the chain of supply services at the communal, provincial and national levels, and to explore possible solutions that are reproducible in other parts of the country and adapted to the sector's vision and capacity. Furthermore, IRC Burkina Faso actively encouraged the uptake of these approaches and some approaches developed by IRC in other countries. In order to do this, IRC Burkina Faso based its efforts on two proven, conceptually-grounded work methodologies: one is the "life cycle costs" approach developed in the scope of the WASHCost program (2008-2012) and the other is the "Sustainable Services at Scale" approach, known as Triple-S, which focuses on service delivery.

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