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This paper highlights efforts in using one-off surveys to inform WASH plans to help to kick-start recurrent monitoring and management processes in local authorities.

TitleKick-starting WASH systems in newly established local authorities : an experience from Nepal
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsTillett, W, Bastola, P, Gautam, S
Secondary TitleAll systems go! WASH Systems Symposium, The Hague, the Netherlands, 12-14 March 2019
Pagination9 p. : 4 fig., 1 tab.
Date Published02/2019
Place PublishedThe Hague, the Netherlands
Publication LanguageEnglish
Keywordsmonitoring, planning, systems strengthening

In 2015 Nepal adopted a Federal Constitution, which effectively dissolved former local government structures, establishing new administrative boundaries and over 750 local authorities. These local authorities have considerable decentralised mandates including for WASH services, however as they are new, there are considerable gaps in their human resources, experience and internal processes to deliver on these mandates. The International NGO Welthungerhilfe (WHH), in partnership with Aguaconsult, the German Toilet Organisation and Viva con Agua, has a project aiming to strengthen WASH systems in one of the local authorities, through the process of developing a Sustainable WASH Plan, and is using learning and experiences from this initiative to share with the wider sector in Nepal. This paper summarises the project process to date, and its broad lessons learned. In particular, it highlights efforts in using the one-off surveys undertaken to inform the WASH plan to help to kick-start recurrent monitoring and management processes in the local authority. [author abstract]


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