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TitleWaterAid learning for advocacy and good practice : WaterAid water point mapping in Malawi and Tanzania : report of findings based on country visits to Malawi and Tanzania
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsWelle, K
Secondary TitleWaterAid report
Pagination59 p. : 2 boxes, 5 fig., 3 tab.
Date Published2005-12-01
Place PublishedLondon, UK
Keywordsadvocacy, evaluation, malawi, mapping, planning, rural areas, sanitation, sdiafr, sdiman, tanzania, water supply

This report is the first output of a planned larger study using a common methodology with the aim to contribute to a deeper understanding of the process, outputs and uses of water point mapping across a number of WaterAid Country Programmes. WaterAid is increasingly using “mapping” as a substantial component of their support work in country for: Monitoring the effectiveness of its investments in service delivery; Verifying water supply and sanitation coverage, evaluating access and equity in rural and urban contexts; and Strategic planning and advocacy at local government level and at times at higher Governmental levels. Yet, the scale and mode of implementation varies widely across the organisation. So far, there is little documentation and coordination of mapping exercises within WaterAid, which results in ambiguities and inhibits internal learning processes. Also, the impact of mapping on the policy process in country as well as general strengths and weaknesses mapping have not yet been coherently assessed. The purpose of this report is twofold. On the one hand it starts a process documentation of how WaterAid applies water point mapping based on examples from Malawi, where water point mapping was first applied, and from Tanzania, which started Water point mapping more recently based on the same methodology. Included are the inputs, as well as the general process of mapping in country. On the other hand it assesses – as far as possible – the impact that mapping has so far had on the policies it intends to influence and likely reasons for limitations thereto.

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