Adam Smith International are procuring for external evaluators (consultants or firm) to evaluate the Sierra Leone WASH Facility.
The Facility, which has a total budget of £5 million (US$ 8.4 million), is managed and administered by Adam Smith International, on behalf of DfID and the Government of Sierra Leone (particularly the Ministry of Water Resources, and Ministry of Health & Sanitation).
The evaluation covers the Facility mechanism itself, and its portfolio of 36 projects funded by small grants all less than £200,000 (US$ 330,000) each.
It is expected the evaluation will require approximately 60-80 days total level of effort. Organisations or individuals that have been financed by the WASH Facility cannot apply.
Deadline for applications: 6pm (GMT) 14th March 2014
For full details and application guidelines please consult the attached Terms of Reference.
This is a bilingual seminar on Monitoring the decentralised delivery of WASH services in rural areas and small towns in West Africa in Ouagagoudou, Burkina Faso organised by IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre and pS-Eau.
Date: 07 – 09 April 2014
Designed in priority for stakeholders working in collaboration with local governments, this seminar will be an opportunity to share experiences in the field of monitoring WASH services at local level in West Africa.
The seminar will be structured around four themes:
- Monitoring and evaluation to support local governments’ water and sanitation strategic planning
- Monitoring and evaluation to improve water, sanitation and hygiene services
- Monitoring and evaluation to manage water and sanitation services
- Monitoring and evaluation to regulate water and sanitation services
but related topics are also of interest to the organisers.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 17 February 2014
More information: www.irc.nl/page/82341
A new joint initiative in Ghana aims to ensure that monitoring information is effectively used to keep water and sanitation services working.
The Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, Akvo, Water for People and SkyFox have launched SMARTerWASH, a 3-year project to monitor water and sanitation in 64 districts, nearly one third of Ghana.
Indicators for functionality, service levels and sustainability have recently been developed and tested, using mobile phone technology and a web-based application.
SMARTerWASH will mainstream the monitoring vision and operational guidelines of the CWSA so that districts will have the necessary data to solve problems with infrastructure and community service providers.
AKVO FLOW will be used for collecting the data.
At the same time Ghanaian private company SkyFox will set up an SMS alert system and strengthen customer relationships between community service providers, area mechanics and spare part distributors.
For more information go to www.irc.nl/SMARTerWASH
Posted in Ghana, Information and communication, Monitoring & evaluation, Water supply
Tagged Akvo FLOW, Community Water and Sanitation Agency, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, mobile phones, monitoring, rural water supply, SkyFox, SMARTerWASH, SMS, Water For People, water security
Sapling handwashing, Malawi. Photo: Plan Malawi
Eight African countries are creatively achieving the goals of community led total sanitation programmes (CLTS) including one idea in Malawi where handwashing is monitored according to the health of tree seedlings planted beneath water outlets.
In Zambia several schools have established vegetable gardens to reduce malnutrition and improve school attendance. Some of the harvests have been sold raising funds for school activities.
In Sierra Leone men have traditionally been the community leaders but women are now being encouraged to play a major part in village committees and networks of natural leaders. To support CLTS women conduct house-to-house monitoring, giving health talks and reporting diseases –- many of them overcoming challenges such as illiteracy to maintain the programme.
Plan International’s five year Pan African CLTS (PAC) programme which ends in December, 2014, is operating in the eight countries of Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia and Malawi, Ghana and Niger. With the backing of the Dutch government the project was designed to promote and scale up sanitation in communities and schools.
Posted in Ethiopia, Gender, Ghana, Hygiene promotion, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, On-site sanitation, Sanitation, School sanitation, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Zambia
Tagged Community-Led Total Sanitation, Institute for Development Studies, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, irc's approach, open defecation-free villages, Plan International
The Cape Verdian government has approved the creation of two new water and sanitation bodies. On 30 July 2013, parliament passed a bill for the establishment of the national water and sanitation council CNAS (Conselho Nacional de Água e Saneamento) , and the following day it agreed to set up the national water and sanitation agency ANAS (Agência Nacional de Água e Saneamento) .
Cape Verde WASH Institutional Model. Source: MCC, p. 9 .
The reform of the Cape Verdian water and sanitation sector is being supported by the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) . In February 2012 the MCC signed a second five-year compact with the government of Cape Verde, which focuses on reforming the water and sanitation sector and the land management sector.
The aim of the US$ 41.1 million Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Project (WASH Project) of the MCC Cape Verde Compact II is to improve sector performance by:
- reforming national policy and regulatory institutions (National Institutional and Regulatory Reform Activity)
- transforming inefficient utilities into independent corporate entities operating on a commercial basis (Utility Reform Activity), and
- improving the quality and reach of water and sanitation infrastructure (Infrastructure Grant Facility)
According to AfriqueJet news , the national water and sanitation council CNAS is comprised of the following members:
- a government member responsible for the water and sanitation sector
- representatives of members of the executive body responsible for Finance, Planning, Agriculture, Energy, Economy, Sea, Health, Infrastructure and Local authorities.
- the chairman of the national water and sanitation agency ANAS
- the national association of city councils in Cape Verde
- the Chambers of Commerce and Services
- the Platform of non-governmental organizations
- associations linked to the problems of social integration and gender equality
- the consumers association
- the Chamber of Tourism
 Pana, Water and sanitation council in Cape Verde, AfriqueJet, 30 Jul 2013
 Parlamento: Aprovado diploma que cria a Agência Nacional de Água e Saneamento, Expresso das Ilhas, 30 Jul 2013
. MCC, [undated]. Desenho do novo quadro institucional do sector de água e saneamento : design of new WASH national institutional environment. Available at: http://washurl.net/aad6c4
 MCC - Cape Verde Compact II [English] – MCA-Cabo Verde II [Portuguese]
Posted in Cape Verde, Governance, Policies & legislation, Sanitation, Water supply
Tagged Agência Nacional de Água e Saneamento, Cape Verde Compact II, Conselho Nacional de Água e Saneamento, institutional framework, local support, Millennium Challenge Corporation, National Water and Sanitation Council, source_publish
Originally posted on Learning for Change:
Make data and information flow
The last two weeks of April 2013 I went working closely with IRC colleagues on the ground. Also I worked with ‘les rapporteur groupes thématique’ from the water ministries. The overarching theme was ‘flux d’info AEPHA’. I went to Burkina Faso, Francophone West Africa. AEPHA = ‘Approvisionnement en Eau Potable, Hygiène et Assainissement’ = Water supply, Hygiene behavior and Sanitation.
Deliberately the visit encompassed two weeks, anticipating on ‘reality happening’. Indeed the planned workshop Monday – Tuesday was rescheduled Tuesday – Wednesday and some participants came back on Thursday for extra’s. The un-seasonal ‘orage’ (storm) over the weekend made Internet until Monday evening ‘snail-slow’ and more halting than connecting. On top, the town district had its weekly Wednesday morning power cut.
Organised by: APRH – Associação Portuguesa dos Recursos Hídricos, ABRH – Associação Brasileira de Recursos Hídricos, ACRH – Associação Cabo-Verdiana de Recursos Hídricos. AQUASHARE – Associação Moçambicana dos Profissionais de Água and DNA - Departamento de Água e Saneamento
The main themes of the SILUSBA (Simpósio de Hidráulica e Recursos Hídricos dos Países de Língua Portuguesa) are:
- Water and sanitation for the poor
- Water and international cooperation
- Water and economic development
- Water and education
- Water governance for a sustainable water business.
- Water resources management, incl. climate change,
- Hydraulics and hydrology research
- Water and the environment
During the symposium, the Netherlands-supported Mozambique Water Platform (PLAMA) and Wetskills Innovation Challenge will be launched.