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Des données à l'action : renforcement des pratiques de données pour améliorer les services WASH

12 April 2022 at 14:55

Les enseignements tirés par les partenaires de L'initiative Safe Water Partnership (SWP) pour identifier les moyens de renforcer l'utilisation des données pour la planification et la mise en œuvre de programmes réactifs, durables, et de s'assurer que les parties prenantes ont accès à des systèmes de données utilisables et utiles.

L’initiative Safe Water Partnership (SWP) a organisé une session de formation en ligne le 6 mars 2022, intitulée « Des données à l’action : renforcement des pratiques de données pour améliorer les services WASH ». L’objectif de cette session interactive était de mettre à profit les enseignements tirés dans Ouganda, Ghana et Burkina Faso par les partenaires de projet au cours de leurs projets soutenus par la Fondation Conrad N. Hilton pour identifier les moyens de: 

  1. renforcer l’utilisation des données pour la planification et la mise en œuvre de programmes réactifs, durables, et de 
  2.  s’assurer que les parties prenantes ont accès à des systèmes de données utilisables et utiles. 
La session a inclus des présentations en plénière faites par des partenaires à l’échelle de SWP, ainsi que des discussions en petits groupes qui ont permis à tous les participants d’examiner leur expérience en matière d’utilisation des données au sein du partenariat. 
 
Cette note d’information présente les points saillants des meilleures pratiques et les principaux défis partagés lors de ces présentations en plénière et des discussions en petits groupes.

Data to action : strengthening data practices to improve WASH services

12 April 2022 at 14:35

Lessons learned by Safe Water Partnership (SWP) project partners on ways to enhance the use of data for planning and implementing responsive, sustainable WASH programs, and ensuring that all stakeholders have access to usable and useful data systems.

The Safe Water Partnership (SWP) held an E-Learning session on 6 March 2022, titled ‘Data to Action: Strengthening data practices to improve WASH services.’ The goal of this interactive session was to harness lessons learned by project partners over the course of their Conrad N. Hilton Foundation supported projects to identify ways to 1) enhance the use of data for planning and implementing responsive, sustainable programs, and 2) ensure that all stakeholders have access to usable and useful data systems. The session included plenary presentations from Uganda, Ghana and Burkina Faso by partners across the SWP as well as small-group discussions that allowed all participants to discuss their experience using data within the partnership. This briefing note outlines highlights of best practices and key challenges shared during these plenary presentations and small group discussions.

Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership - Legacy page

3 February 2022 at 14:38

This legacy page gives a brief overview of the project approach and flagship publications.

Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership 2016 - 2021

The Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (SWS) was a global United States Agency for International Development (USAID) cooperative agreement to identify locally driven solutions for developing robust local systems capable of sustaining water and sanitation service delivery. Led by the University of Colorado Boulder, SWS emphasised partnerships and learning for catalytic change in the sector. The project was working in four priority countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, and Cambodia) to meet the rapidly increasing needs of USAID’s partner countries in getting sustainable water and sanitation services.

Approach

There were four concept teams within the partnership.

Concept 1 - improve decentralized WASH service delivery by understanding and influencing local systems led by IRC WASH working with Tetra Tech and LINC in Uganda and Ethiopia.

The team worked with stakeholders – in learning alliances - to strengthen decentralized woreda (district) and small-town level systems for water and sanitation services delivery. Comprehensive systems analyses provided a basis for action research to find new solutions to service delivery and sustainability challenges. Emphasis was placed on strengthening the WASH service delivery system as a whole, finding a balance between competing priorities to extend, improve and sustain services, and delivering the capacity development and communications activities that are needed at local, regional, and national levels to scale up successful innovations and outcomes.

Concept 2 - develop a locally led infrastructure to coordinate WASH sector (particularly donor-financed) activities in the implementation of national strategies and action plans led by WaterSHED Asia and LINC in Cambodia.

Concept 3 & 4 - test, revise, and scale up public-private partnership models that improve WASH service delivery led by Whave, UNICEF/Kenya & Oxford in Kenya.


Flagship knowledge products

Driving Change: Strengthening Local Systems in the Water and Sanitation Sectors (Dec. 2021)

This publication is a guide and reference book for those looking to understand how local systems strengthening can really be achieved. It presents three key pillars: understanding systems, learning alliances, and action-research, and demonstrates them through five case studies. The guide concludes with a series of tips, tricks, and nuggets of wisdom from the SWS Concept 1 team.

Driving Change: WASH Systems Academy course (expected publication in 2022)

Upcoming WASH Systems Academy course on facilitating local systems change in WASH.

Journal articles
Videos
Blogs

For all news, blogs and resources on the Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership, check out this link. And more on the other project concepts can be found on Globalwaters.org.


USAID logo      SWS logo

Capitalisation fact sheet: Synergy of action initiated by IRC in Banfora

13 January 2022 at 14:32

A collaboration was initiated between IRC, the Gambidi Cultural Centre (GCC), Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the CDC Foundation for implementing the Water, Hygiene and Sanitation Strategic Plan of the municipality of Banfora. The collaboration aims to create synergy between the various actions of these partners in the water and sanitation sector in Banfora, to achieve the common objective of "Making Banfora the national reference in the water and sanitation sector by 2030." This has resulted in the development of a Memorandum of Understanding between the parties. Monthly and quarterly meetings are organised for monitoring and joint planning of actions. This collaboration has allowed IRC, CRS and the GCC to work together on several initiatives such as the incubation programme for young WASH project leaders in Banfora.

Baka Dawla Ari woreda WASH Sustainable Development Goal master plan

20 December 2021 at 12:46

The WASH SDG plan for Baka Dawla Ari Woreda has been developed by the planning team drawn from district WASH sector offices of water, education, health, finance, administration, and women and children affairs. To support the planning process, IRC WASH developed Microsoft Excel-based planning tools. The aim of the tools is to support the handling quantitative data systematically and support the strategic planning and costing process of going from the current service to the desired, as per the agreed vision. The planning process involved a series of workshops with coaching and evaluation activities in between these workshops led by IRC WASH. The WASH SDG master plan is prepared and owned by the woreda WASH sector offices with technical support from IRC WASH through USAID Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (SWS). Baka Dawla Ari Woreda is located in South Omo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People's Regional State (SNNPR), Ethiopia. Administratively, the woreda is divided into eleven (11) rural and one (1) urban kebeles. The total population of the woreda is 82,997 (78,900 rural and 4,097 urban). The annual population growth rate of the woreda is 2.9%.

The woreda has also set the vision of achieving 100% coverage with basic WASH services for all schools and health care facilities by 2030. This is a big step up from the current water, sanitation, and hygiene service of 30%, 20%, and 0%, respectively, in schools, and water, sanitation, hygiene, waste management, and environmental cleaning service levels of 21%, 0%, 0%, 7%, and 0%, respectively, in health care facilities.

This woreda WASH master plan contains the vision and strategies of Baka Dawla Ari Woreda. This master plan aims for universal access to safe and sustainable water supply and sanitation and hygiene services for the entire population of Baka Dawla Ari Woreda by 2030. The master plan provides a strategy towards achieving the set goals and visions for WASH in the woreda

Woba Ari woreda WASH Sustainable Development Goal master plan

20 December 2021 at 12:29

The WASH SDG plan for Woba Ari Woreda has been developed by the planning team drawn from district WASH sector offices of water, education, health, finance, administration, and women and children affairs. To support the planning process, IRC WASH developed Microsoft Excel-based planning tools. The aim of the tools is to support the handling quantitative data systematically and support the strategic planning and costing process of going from the current service to the desired, as per the agreed vision. The planning process involved a series of workshops with coaching and evaluation activities in between these workshops led by IRC WASH. The WASH SDG master plan is prepared and owned by the woreda WASH sector offices with technical support from IRC WASH through USAID Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (SWS).

Woba Ari Woreda is located in South Omo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People's Regional State (SNNPR), Ethiopia. Administratively, the woreda is divided into ten (10) rural and one (1) urban kebeles. The total population of the woreda is 66,466 (63,620 rural and 2,846 urban). The annual population growth rate of the woreda is 2.9%.

The woreda has also set the vision of achieving 100% coverage with basic WASH services for all schools and health care facilities by 2030. This is a big step up from the current water, sanitation, and hygiene service of 9%, 9%, and 0% respectively in the schools and water, sanitation, hygiene, waste management, and environmental cleaning service of 8%, 0%, 0%, 8%, and 0% respectively, in health care facilities

This woreda WASH master plan contains the vision and strategies of Woba Ari Woreda. This master plan aims for universal access to safe and sustainable water supply and sanitation and hygiene services for the entire population of Woba Ari Woreda by 2030. The master plan provides a strategy towards achieving the set goals and visions for WASH in the woreda.

South Ari woreda WASH Sustainable Development Goal master plan

20 December 2021 at 12:14

The WASH SDG plan for South Ari Woreda has been developed by the planning team drawn from district WASH sector offices of water, education, health, finance, administration, and women and children affairs. To support the planning process, IRC WASH developed Microsoft Excel-based planning tools. The aim of the tools is to support the handling of quantitative data systematically and support the strategic planning and costing

process of going from the current service to the desired, as per the agreed vision. The planning process involved a series of workshops with coaching and evaluation activities in between these workshops led by IRC WASH. The WASH SDG master plan is prepared and owned by the woreda WASH sector offices with technical support from IRC WASH through USAID Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (SWS).

South Ari Woreda is located in South Omo Zone of Southern Nations, Nationalities and People's (SNNP) Regional State, Ethiopia. Administratively, the woreda is divided into twenty-eight (28) rural and three (3) urban kebeles. The total population of the woreda is 177,136 (149,510 rural and 12,096 urban). The annual population growth rate of the woreda is 2.9%.

The Woreda has also set the vision of achieving 100% coverage with basic WASH services for all schools and health care facilities by 2030. This is a big step up from the current WASH service of 35%, 19%, and 0% respectively in the schools and WASH, waste management, and environmental cleaning service of 21%, 0%, 8%, 16%, and 0% respectively, in health care facilities.

This woreda WASH master plan contains the vision and strategies of South Ari Woreda. This master plan aims for universal access to safe and sustainable water supply and sanitation and hygiene services for the entire population of South Ari Woreda by 2030. The master plan provides a strategy towards achieving the set goals and visions for WASH in the woreda

Mille woreda WASH Sustainable Development Goal master plan

20 December 2021 at 11:54

The WASH SDG plan for Mille Woreda has been developed by the planning team drawn from district WASH sector offices of water, education, health, finance, administration, and women and children affairs. To support the planning process, IRC WASH developed Microsoft Excel-based planning tools. The aim of the tools is to support the handling of quantitative data systematically and support the strategic planning and costing process of going from the current service to the desired, as per the agreed vision. The planning process involved a series of workshops with coaching and evaluation activities in between these workshops led by IRC WASH.

The WASH SDG master plan is prepared and owned by the woreda WASH sector offices with technical support from IRC WASH through USAID Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (SWS). Mille Woreda is located in Afar Regional State, Ethiopia. Administratively, the woreda is divided into ten (10) rural and two (2) urban kebeles. The total population of the woreda is 113,914 (91,827 rural and 22,087 urban). The annual population growth rate of the woreda is 3%.

The woreda has also set the vision of achieving 100% coverage with basic WASH services for all schools and health care facilities by 2030. This is a big step up from the current water, sanitation, and hygiene service of 25%, 0%, and 0% respectively in the schools and water, sanitation, hygiene, waste management, and environmental cleaning service of 12%, 0%, 12%, 24%, and 12% respectively, in health care facilities

This woreda WASH master plan contains the vision and strategies of Mille Woreda. This master plan aims for universal access to safe and sustainable water supply and sanitation and hygiene services for the entire population of Mille Woreda by 2030. The master plan provides a strategy towards achieving the set goals and visions for WASH in the woreda

Collaboration with local government : experience from WASH First COVID-19 Response Project

8 December 2021 at 12:38

An overview of phase II activities in Negelle Arsi and Shashamane districts in Ethiopia..

The paper provides an overview of activities in the WASH First COVID-19 response project which is in phase II of implementation in Negelle Arsi and Shashamane districts in Ethiopia. Project partners are Amref Health Africa, WASH SDG 6 programme and IRC.

[Presentation] Utility-managed rural water services: models, pathways, drivers, performance and areas for support

1 November 2021 at 17:11

Presentation given WEDC 2021

 

 

In September, the main findings were presented at the WEDC conference 2021. The recorded ppt (10 min) gives a good overview of the main highlights on"Utility-managed rural water services". Based on an exploration of some 33 different models of utility-managed rural water supply, the paper explores different pathways towards "utilitisation" of rural water supply, the opportunities and challenges related to this, and the possible areas of support.

Expertise and resources needed for inclusive and lasting water supply and sanitation : synthesis report

5 October 2021 at 16:47

Indian local government institutions responsible for rural water and sanitation services need long-term support. A summary of a thematic discussion and webinar.

Indian Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) - local government units - have been assigned the responsibility for executing rural water and sanitation. To do this successfully as equal partners with the government and engineers, they need a lot of support over the long term. The government and NGOs who will support them have important roles to play to ensure quality water and sanitation services are provided in the long term in an an equitable manner.

This report is a synthesis of a SuSanA India Chapter Thematic Discussion, which took place from 2 February-10 March 2021 and a follow-up webinar the chapter co-organised with IRC, India Sanitation Coalition and Water For People India and IRC on 4 March 2021.

Kabarole District WASH Asset and Service Level Analysis Report 2019

30 August 2021 at 09:56

IRC Uganda is committed to supporting Kabarole District to reach universal WASH coverage by 2030 through strengthening the district level capacity for coordination and planning towards rural WASH service improvement. A major component of this is building the capacity for WASH service level and asset monitoring to track progress towards WASH targets. With funding from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (CNHF) and Watershed programmes, IRC Uganda supported Kabarole District Local Government to undertake WASH asset and service level analysis in July and August 2019, done in a participatory manner aimed to build capacity and momentum for master plan implementation. This work is also supportive of a third programme in Kabarole, the Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership, under which a learning alliance is being supported to motivate collective action and build capacity in the district.

The study adopted a mixed approach of qualitative and quantitative techniques in order to provide more comprehensive findings. This involved a census of all water sources in the District and WASH assets in schools. A representative set of household surveys were used to obtain information about the use and access of services by residents. Key Informant discussions were held with Local Government stakeholders and communities, including a village survey to identify unserved villages and interviews with caretakers at all water points. Biological and physio-chemical water quality tests were undertaken on 80 water sources.

Strengthening mutual accountability in partnerships for WASH. Pt 2: Summary of six country case studies

18 August 2021 at 17:44

More emphasis is needed on building and strengthening the work of multi-stakeholder platforms in WASH at the national level.

The Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) partnership commissioned a two-part research report to inform the evolution and refinement of its Mutual Accountability Mechanism (MAM), a tool for partners to hold each other accountable for progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The first part looks at the concept of mutual accountability, as well as a literature review, interviews and investigation of partnerships beyond the WASH sector, whereas this second part is an empirical study of multi-stakeholder collaboration, accountability, MAM implementation and COVID-impacts in WASH in six selected SWA partner countries: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Indonesia, Kenya, Peru and Somalia.

The case studies reveal that many platforms are functioning poorly and therefore the report recommends strengthening WASH multi-stakeholder processes at the national level, as well as further developing the MAM. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a mixed impact on sector collaboration and accountability, highlighting the value of partnerships. New opportunities for improved sector collaboration have emerged, as well as opportunities to raise the profile of WASH and support COVID-19 prevention.

 

Strengthening mutual accountability in partnerships for WASH. Pt 1: Literature review and learning from other sectors

18 August 2021 at 16:55

Key elements, success factors, partnership processes, conducive national contexts and types of global partnerships, which can support an effective cycle of mutual accountability between stakeholders.

The Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) partnership commissioned a two-part research report to inform the evolution and refinement of its Mutual Accountability Mechanism (MAM), a tool for partners to hold each other accountable for progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This first part looks at the concept of mutual accountability, as well as a literature review, interviews and investigation of partnerships beyond the WASH sector, whereas the second part is an empirical study of multi-stakeholder collaboration, accountability, MAM implementation and COVID-impacts in WASH in six selected SWA partner countries

The desk research in part 1 highlights the key elements, success factors, partnership processes, conducive national contexts and types of global partnerships, which can support an effective cycle of mutual accountability between stakeholders.

Renforcement des systèmes WASH : les bases

11 June 2021 at 14:58

Renfercement des systemes WASH

Pourquoi avons-nous besoin de renforcer les systèmes WASH ?

L'accès à l'eau, à l'assainissement et à l'hygiène constitue le fondement même d'une vie saine et digne. Il est essentiel pour améliorer la santé, l'éducation et les moyens de subsistance. Pourtant, dans le monde, 2,1 milliards de personnes n'ont pas accès à l'eau potable et 4,5 milliards de personnes n'ont pas accès à l'assainissement.

Pour garantir la pérennité des services WASH, il faut une réflexion globale et la mise en place de systèmes solides. Désormais, grâce aux cours en ligne gratuits de la WASH Systems Academy, chacun peut apprendre les bases de la fourniture de services d'eau et d'assainissement résilients et prendre part au changement nécessaire pour ne laisser personne de côté. Construisons ensemble des systèmes WASH solides.


Renforcement des systèmes WASH : les bases

Vous voulez tout savoir sur le renforcement des systèmes WASH ? Rejoignez le cours gratuit "Renforcement des systèmes WASH : les bases".

La WASH Systems Academy est une plateforme interactive développée pour aider les professionnels du secteur WASH à appliquer une approche de renforcement des systèmes WASH. Si vous êtes en début de carrière ou si vous êtes un expert senior du secteur WASH qui souhaite comprendre ce qu'est une approche de renforcement des systèmes et comment vous pouvez l'intégrer dans votre travail, ce cours en ligne gratuit est fait pour vous. Les systèmes WASH forts ne peuvent être construits qu'ensemble.

Voici comment créer votre compte

Objectifs du cours

Ce cours couvre les concepts de base du renforcement des systèmes WASH. Il s'agit de comprendre comment parvenir à une prestation de services WASH durable pour tous et comment fonctionner efficacement dans ce processus. Il vous aidera à comprendre l'approche du renforcement des systèmes WASH :

  • ce qu'il est
  • comment et pourquoi il a été développé
  • comment commencer à l'appliquer.

Chaque session a des objectifs d'apprentissage spécifiques qui sont décrits au début. A la fin du cours, vous aurez une bonne compréhension de l'approche de renforcement des systèmes WASH.

Aperçu des sessions

Le contenu de cette formation couvre les concepts de base du renforcement des systèmes WASH et est divisé en neuf sessions. La formation dure au minimum 16 heures et vous avez trois mois pour la terminer.

Après un an, l'accès au cours ne sera plus disponible.

Il est recommandé de suivre le cours en suivant toutes les sessions, dans l'ordre (par exemple, de la session 1 à la session 9). En cours de route, vous pourrez tester votre compréhension dans les trois tests à choix multiples et les deux quiz.

Le contenu du cours est le suivant :

  • Session 1 : Présentation de la WASH Systems Academy.
  • Session 2 : Des pompes cassées aux systèmes durables
  • Session 3 : Qu'est-ce que le renforcement des systèmes WASH ?
  • Session 4 : WASH est un service
  • Session 5 : Renforcement des systèmes d'assainissement
  • Session 6 : Promotion de l'hygiène pour le renforcement des systèmes WASH
  • Session 7 : Renforcement des systèmes WASH à l'extérieur de la maison
  • Session 8 : Ne laisser personne de côté
  • Session 9 : La feuille de route pour des services WASH durables
Travailler hors ligne

Vous pouvez télécharger les textes complets des sessions, y compris tous les exercices, via l'onglet ressources du cours. Cela vous permet de suivre une partie du cours hors ligne.

Cependant, vous devrez vous connecter à la plate-forme en ligne pour participer aux discussions du forum, télécharger les documents que vous créez et répondre aux tests à choix multiples et aux quiz.

Le certificat

Si vous réalisez toutes les activités de toutes les sessions et obtenez une note de 80 % ou plus aux trois tests à choix multiples et aux deux quiz, vous pouvez télécharger un certificat numérique de réussite à ajouter à votre profil LinkedIn ou Facebook.

Votre certificat indiquera votre note de cours ainsi que le nom figurant dans votre profil, la date d'achèvement et un code de vérification.

Achieving safely managed water services in Africa : unpacking the challenge

28 April 2021 at 17:06

The implications of the SDG 6.1 ambitions for national authorities and service providers, with a special focus on the progress so far in Ghana, Ethiopia and Uganda. Summary of an expert discussion convened by IRC for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

This briefing note summarises an expert discussion on the priorities and strategies for pursuing safely managed water services in Africa while leaving no-one behind, as embodied in Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6). In its 2021-2025 Safe Water Strategy, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation commits to bring safe water services to vulnerable populations in Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, and globally. The discussion, the third in the Safe Water Strategy E-Learning series, was convened by IRC for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation on 18 March 2021. The briefing note discusses the implications of the SDG 6 ambitions for national authorities and service providers, with a special focus on the progress so far in the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's three focus countries. While basic water services are essential for those lacking services, the briefing note concludes that basic is not enough to deliver on the SDG 6 aspiration as it fails to achieve the full realisation of the human right to safe water.

Expert presenters at the discussion included Tom Slaymaker (JMP), Paul Orengoh (AMCOW), Catarina de Albuquerque (SWA), Kelebogile Khunou (SERI), Bruce Gordon (WHO), Siméon Kenfack (AFWA), Farai Tunhuma (UNICEF), Ranjiv Khush (Aquaya), Eng Joseph Eyatu (MWE) and Yaver Abidi (WSUP), Abiy Girma (OWNP, GoE), Zinash Kefale (WaterAid), Eng. Worlanyo Siabi (CWSA), Ing. Harold Esseku (WB).

A guide to addressing Integrated Water Resource Management in implementation of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs WASH strategy 2016-2030

19 April 2021 at 09:23

Conceptual frameworks and guiding questions that help identify opportunities to strengthen links between water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and integrated water resource management (IWRM) in various stages of the Ministry's s project cycle. 

A guiding document to addressing Integrated Water Resource Management in implementation of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) WASH strategy 2016-2030. This document was developed by the Watershed, Empowering Citizens Strategic Partnership programme to provide the Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidance on linking Integrated Water Resource Management in implementing (IWRM) its WASH strategy 2016-2030. It builds on the policies of MFA and is combined with the knowledge and publications of the Watershed Programme (www.watershed.nl), and international literature.

Following the introductory chapter, chapter two gives the conceptual frameworks around WASH and WRM, and the linkages between them. The second chapter is intended mainly as a reference and is particularly useful for colleagues who are less familiar with the intrinsic aspects of WASH. Readers who are well versed in the sector, may decide to go straight to chapter three. 

 
Chapter three is the essence of this document and contains guiding questions that help identify opportunities to strengthen links with IWRM processes in various stages of the MFA project cycle. Each of a project’s steps (such as the proposal phase, inception phase etc.) is briefly discussed, questions posed and points of attention identified. It is not the intention of this document to provide exhaustive checklists of everything that needs to be done everywhere. Instead, it recognises that there is no one-size fits all, and it hopes that the process outlined will help identify the priority areas to address. 
 
This document builds on the policies of MFA and is combined with the knowledge and publications of the Watershed Programme (www.watershed.nl), and international literature.

 

 

She Makes Change - an update

19 October 2020 at 11:09

COVID-19 has forced the women in Odisha to postpone the workshops that IRC raised funds for during the 'She Makes Change' campaign.

Women have more acute needs due to cultural and biological roles, and a lack of services is often at the cost of their health, education, employment and participation in politics and society. Therefore, it is important that women have a say in WASH decision making. On the occasion of International Women's Day on March 8th 2020, IRC raised funds for women to ensure their voices were heard.

The ‘She Makes Change’ campaign successfully raised €2,868.25 for capacity building of women in the state of Odisha in India. The funds will be used to organise a series of workshops to provide foundational knowledge and skills to women in Ganjam district of Odisha, to enable them to assert their rights as citizens and participate in local government decision making.

Originally scheduled to be held in the months of June and July 2020, these workshops have not yet been organised due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of corona cases in India has been on the rise since early this year. At 7,307,097, India is currently the country with the second highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world. However, in terms of number of daily cases, it has the highest in the world (on 15 October).

The strict lockdown enforced by the Government of India in March 2020 gave rise to a wave of reverse migration. A significant proportion of the working age population in Ganjam works as migrants in the textile mills of Surat in the state of Gujarat. With the closure of the mills, high rate of infection, loss of employment and poor living conditions in the industrial town, the migrants returned to Ganjam. It is estimated that over a million migrants returned to the district in the pandemic.

The return of the migrants to Ganjam has led to a massive surge in corona cases in the state of Odisha, making Ganjam the non-capital hot spot in July, with a peak of over 700 cases in a day. To date, the district has recorded over 20,000 cases, with 29 confirmed cases in the last 24 hours at the time of writing. The return of the migrants has increased stress on the limited health infrastructure in the district as well as on the resources.

Considering these conditions, the leadership workshops have been postponed to next year. It must be added here that, the pandemic has also reinforced the need for skill training. Handwashing with soap is one of the easiest precautions against the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID -19. Access to improved water, sanitation and hygiene services is thus essential. Therefore, it becomes all the more critical to strengthen the capacities of women and other marginalised sections of the population to effectively plan, make decisions, reach out to and  hold duty bearers and service providers accountable, where required, to ensure services for all.

The significance of these skills goes beyond the realm of WASH. They empower women to access more opportunities, enable them to demand for themselves as well as for other marginalised populations. We know that such skills have the power to bring about transformative change.

How to help

If you would like to help support this project, or any others, you can make a donation here. Alternatively, contact us for other ways to support the women and marginalised populations in Ganjam and beyond.

Quatre ans après, Aboubakar Hema a-t-il tenu ses promesses ?

28 September 2020 at 17:06

Interrogation l'édile de Banfora sur ses actions dans le secteur de l'eau et assainissement.

Après quatre années passées à la tête de la commune de Banfora, le maire, Aboubakar Hema, s’est prêté à l’exercice de l’Association des Blogueurs du Burkina (ABB) pour faire son bilan de mise en œuvre. C’était le samedi 12 septembre 2020, dans la salle de réunion du gouvernorat des Cascades. L’activité a connu une participation massive des acteurs de la dite commune, qui n’ont pas manqué d’exprimer leurs préoccupations en ce qui concerne le niveau de la réalisation de l’ODD N°6 à l’horizon 2030.

C’est au milieu de ses concitadins que le maire a présenté son bilan (Ph Com mairie)

C'est au milieu de ses concitadins que le maire a présenté son bilan (Ph Com mairie)

Plan Stratégique d'Approvisionnement en Eau Potable et d'Assainissement

Dès sa prise de fonction en 2016, le conseil municipal de Banfora a défini trois axes stratégiques de développement. Il s'agit notamment de la promotion de la bonne gouvernance, du développement de l'économie locale et de l'amélioration de l'accès de la population aux services sociaux de base. Lors de la présentation de son bilan, quatre ans après, le maire s’est logiquement appesanti sur ces trois piliers pour mettre en exergue des actions et réalisations qui font la fierté de la Cité du paysan noir. Le dernier axe qui prend en compte l’accès à l’eau et à l’assainissement, représente, selon le maire, une priorité pour la commune. La préoccupation permanente du premier citoyen de Banfora, étant de procurer aux communautés de la commune qu’il dirige, l'accès constant à une eau salubre et propre ainsi qu’à un assainissement durable, afin d’améliorer leur bien-être général.

«L’accès à l’eau  potable demeure une préoccupation dans la commune de Banfora. L’hygiène et l’assainissement aussi. Beaucoup de ménages n’ont pas de latrines. Certains font leurs besoins dans la nature. Ces cacas se retrouvent plus tard dans les eaux, ce qui peut provoquer beaucoup de maladies.» Des mots bien choisis par le maire de Banfora, Aboubakar Hema, pour traduire l’intérêt que la commune accorde au secteur de l’eau et assainissement, et mettre l’accent sur l’urgence qu’il représente. Du reste, la commune de Banfora a élaboré son Plan Stratégique d'Approvisionnement en Eau Potable et d'Assainissement (PSC AEPA), avec l’appui de l'IRC qui, pour la mise en œuvre, a réuni tous les partenaires interagissant pour la même cause ; partenaires sans lesquels, la réalisation de cet ambitieux projet serait une vue de l’esprit.

Avalanche de questions

La présentation de ce bilan constituait donc une bonne tribune pour interroger l’édile de Banfora sur ses actions dans le secteur de l’eau et assainissement et principalement dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre de ce Plan. A cet effet, le maire a été soumis à une avalanche de questions, allant des actions concrètes de la mairie dans la mise en œuvre du PSC AEPA durant la période écoulée, à la concordance ou non des types d’ouvrages d’accès à l’eau potable réalisés avec la vision et les engagements de la mairie, en passant par l’implication ou non des forces vives dans la mise en œuvre du Plan et les avancées concrètes de ces actions par rapport à la réalisation de l’ODD 6 dans la commune.

Mayor A. Hema

Aboubakar Hema a rendu compte de ses actions à sa population (Ph Com mairie)

Des ouvrages

Abordant ces aspects, le maire a affirmé que la commune a réalisé comme actions, dans ce sens, plus de 45 forages avec une prévision de plus d'une trentaine en 2020, réhabilité plus de 200 forages en panne, construit 472 latrines, 326 puisards douche et 17 puisards bac en 2019. A ces ouvrages, s’ajoutent 115 latrines réalisées de janvier 2020 à mai 2020 et 30 nouvelles pompes à motricité humaines (PMH) en cours de réalisation. M. Hema a complété la liste avec le démarrage de l’élaboration de la stratégie de communication, pour la mobilisation des partenaires et des fonds pour la mise en œuvre du PSC AEPA. Selon lui, cette action épouse parfaitement la volonté de la commune à travailler en étroite collaboration avec tous les partenaires et forces vives de la commune.

Le problème d'eau

Cependant, plusieurs difficultés ont été soulevées, au titre desquelles, le manque d’eau au secteur 8 de la ville de Banfora, à cause des travaux du 11-Décembre, la fête nationale, dont la commune accueille, cette année, la commémoration tournante. Dans cette partie de la commune, les populations souffrent le martyr, à la recherche de « l’or bleu ». Le maire, au nom du conseil municipal, a rassuré ses concitadins : « Ce n’est pas la faute de la mairie, ce problème d’eau. Nous plaidons donc auprès des autorités en charge de la question eau, (direction régionale de l’eau, Onea), pour qu’elles soulagent les populations de cette souffrance. » Le maire, promet, par ailleurs, la réalisation de 100 forages en 2021, dont 70 seront destinés aux ménages. Un atelier de forage a déjà été acquis sur fonds de la mairie.

Le chemin reste encore bien long

De façon globale, le constat est flagrant, que les réalisations concernant les ouvrages d’accès à l’eau potable, se limitent aux forages équipés de pompe à motricité humaine. Ces ouvrages ne garantissent pas l’accès à une eau sûre, car, pouvant être contaminée plus rapidement avant la consommation, et n’éliminent pas non plus la corvée d’eau.  Ces situations sont donc en contradiction totale avec les engagements pris par la commune, selon lesquels 80% de la population consommerait de l’eau sûre, soit par robinet à la maison, soit à la borne fontaine.  Il est donc évident que le chemin reste encore bien long, pour parvenir au mieux-être des populations, en matière d’eau et d’assainissement. Mais, assurant les uns et les autres que son engagement et sa détermination pour que l’eau et l’assainissement soient inscrits en lettres d’or dans son programme demeurent intacts, le maire de Banfora a lancé un cri du cœur à l’endroit des acteurs du secteur, pour une collaboration efficace en vue de l’atteinte de ses objectifs. Parallèlement, IRC, à travers son assistance technique avec l’appui financier de la Fondation Hilton, continuera aux côtés de la mairie, le combat pour que cet engagement soit effectif.

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