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This is the end-of-project evaluation of Watershed - empowering citizens conducted by PopDev Consultancy on request of the Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

TitleWatershed empowering citizens : final evaluation report 2020
Publication TypeProgress Report
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsKamal, N, Mansour, N, Cowing, Z, Gupta, R
Pagination112 p. : 2 fig., 11 tab.
Date Published12/2020
PublisherPopDev Consultancy and IRC
Place PublishedLondon, UK
Publication LanguageEnglish

Watershed - Empowering Citizens is a strategic partnership between the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and four Dutch non-governmental organisations. The five-year programme (2016-2020) aimed to improve Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and water resource management through strengthening the capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs) in evidence-based lobbying and advocacy. Watershed worked in six countries (Kenya, Uganda, Mali, Ghana, Bangladesh & India) and at the Netherlands and International levels. The end-line evaluation of Watershed was commissioned to assess the programme’s relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability.

The evaluation concluded that Watershed’s rationale was unique and highly relevant in the intervention areas. The programme addressed two important systemic challenges underlying universal and sustainable access to clean water and sanitation – water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)/integrated water resource management (IWRM) linkages and social inclusion – using an evidence-based lobby and advocacy (L&A) approach.

Overall, Watershed satisfactorily met the needs and priorities of contracted partners. The findings on the programme’s efficiency were mixed.

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