|Title||Why is harmonisation and alignment difficult for donors? : lessons from the water sector|
|Year of Publication||2008|
|Authors||Welle, K, Nicol, A, van Steenbergen, F|
|Secondary Title||Project briefings / ODI|
|Pagination||4 p. : 2 boxes|
|Publisher||Overseas Development Institute (ODI)|
|Place Published||London, UK|
|Keywords||financing, funding agencies, government organizations, policies, sdipol, triple s harmonisation, water supply|
The Harmonisation and Alignment (H&A) agenda offers important opportunities for the water sector. Lessons from seven Danida-supported water projects and a DGIS study on the mainstreaming of water and environment suggest that this framework has increased awareness about H&A at the country level, but that progress in implementing these agendas is patchy and heavily constrained by national, political and socio-economic contexts.
Important lessons for donors are:
The sector’s progress towards H&A remains piecemeal; substantial differences occur between countries and within the water supply, water resources management and sanitation sub-sectors. Future efforts in H&A need to reach down to decentralised levels of government, in tandem with strengthening implementation capacity.