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The paper sets out the processes followed to establish WASH Learning Alliances in Ethiopia, examines some of the associated risks and constraints, and identifies options for making improvements.

TitleFacilitating local strengthening of WASH systems : whose understanding counts?
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsMussa, ME, Michael, TN, Hailegiorgis, B, Morris, MJ, Butterworth, JA, Henry, L
Secondary TitleAll systems go! WASH Systems Symposium, The Hague, the Netherlands, 12-14 March 2019
Pagination13 p. : 1 fig., 1 tab.
Date Published02/2019
Place PublishedThe Hague, the Netherlands
Publication LanguageEnglish
Keywordssystems strengthening

Systems approaches have achieved prominence of late as a means to address complexity in WASH services delivery – situations characterised by conflicting interests between actors and by knowledge gaps and uncertainties – particularly at local levels. In Ethiopia, the establishment of stakeholder platforms (Learning Alliances) by IRC and Tetra Tech to advance a systems approach at rural district and small-town levels provides scope for learning on realising change in the WASH sectors. This paper reflects on experiences in combining the systems approach with the learning alliance methodology, promoting these with local WASH stakeholders, and working within a multilayered project and programme context. Learning Alliances have the potential to engage diverse local stakeholders, through working and learning together, and to develop the collective adaptive capacity needed to strengthen local WASH systems. The paper sets out the processes followed to establish WASH Learning Alliances, examines some of the associated risks and constraints, and identifies options for making improvements. [author abstract]


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