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Learning Note exploring the key challenges faced by private sector WASH enterprises

TitleEthiopia’s business environment and how it influences WASH market development
Publication TypeBriefing Note
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsBakker, E, Feldman, P
Secondary TitleUSAID Transform WASH learning note
EditionUpdated ed.
Paginationiii, 25 p.: 1 tab.
Date Published12/2021
PublisherUSAID Transform WASH and IRC WASH
Place PublishedAddis Ababa, Ethiopia
Publication LanguageEnglish

This is an updated version of the learning note with the same title published in September 2020.

The purpose of this Learning Note is to explore the key challenges faced by private sector WASH enterprises, as well as high-lighting opportunities for future growth and investment. A strong private sector will not only help expand access to critical WASH products and services – but also will help Ethiopia to realize its ODF goal and to achieve GTP II and SDG targets.

Information used to formulate this paper was gathered from document research and augmented by in-depth interviews with more than twenty key informants in Ethiopia and the East Africa region.


USAID Transform WASH aims to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) outcomes in Ethiopia by increasing market access to and sustained use of a broader spectrum of affordable WASH products and services, with a substantial focus on sanitation.

Transform WASH achieves this by transforming the market for low-cost quality WASH products and services: stimulating demand at the community level, strengthening supply chains, and improving the enabling environment for a vibrant private market.

USAID Transform WASH is a USAID-funded activity implemented by PSI in collaboration with SNV, Plan International, and IRC WASH. The consortium is working closely with government agencies, including the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, the One WASH National Program, and regional and sub-regional governments.

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