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TitleEnsuring sustained beneficial outcomes for water and sanitation programmes in the developing world
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsMathew, B
Secondary TitleOccasional paper series / IRC
Volumeno. 40 E
Paginationxii, 223 p. : boxes, fig., tab.
Date Published2005-01-01
Place PublishedDelft, The Netherlands
Keywordsaccess to sanitation, access to water, case studies, impact assessment, literature reviews, millennium development goals, scaling up, sdiafr, sdiman, sustainability, tanzania, zimbabwe

The two objectives of this document are to suggest approaches to achieve sustained beneficial outcomes from WATSAN, and how to ‘scale up’ application of these approaches, so that they have a positive impact on the lives of the millions of people who live without safe water or adequate sanitation. Literature is examined and practical lessons are drawn from two WATSAN programmes in East and Central Africa. The conclusions are presented in the form of a Charter for the Sustainable Development of WATSAN, with nine clauses to guide project and programme managers through the issues that need to be taken into account. The charter’s clauses guide through participatory project identification, need and demand response, sustainable environmental approaches, structured health education, staffing issues, decentralisation, and the practicalities of policy, allowing work to progress at the speed that communities need to acquire ownership whilst at the same time scaling up programme implementation to make a meaningful impact on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The global issues of financing the MDGs are also assessed, and the conclusion is that meeting the MDGs is possible in a sustainable manner. However, this will only succeed if there is a massive shift in the resources allocated towards those really in need, and a change in the attitudes of the political power brokers to allow this, promoting quality work, to be implemented by integrated teams, in a process-orientated, ethos-driven way, with WATSAN set as a keystone of wider human development.

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