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.
Organised by: African Water Association (AfWA) and SODECI s.a.
Theme: Mobilizing Resources and Governance of Water and Sanitation in Africa
- Integrated Management of Water Resources and Climate Change
- Capacity Building for improved Water and Sanitation Services
- Advances in Water and Waste Water Treatment Technologies
- Pro Poor Water and Sanitation Services
- Financing Options for Water and Sanitation Services
Call for papers
Abstract deadline: 10 May 2013
Website: www.afwacongress2014.org (under development)
Posted in Campaigns and events, Capacity development, Financing, Governance, Sanitation, Sustainable services, Water resources management, Water supply
Tagged finance, irc's approach, local support, water security
Robel Lambisso WASH Director (left) and MWA Chair at World Vision, Greig Jansen (right). Photo: newbusinessethiopia.com
The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF) and its partners have launched the Replenish Africa Initiative’s (RAIN) Multiple Use Water Improvements project in Ethiopia. This one-year project will benefit 73,400 rural citizens, including 22,000 school children living in seven rural woredas (districts) of three Ethiopian regions. It will support water supply improvements and multiple uses of water (MUS); improve water access, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in schools, institutions, and households; and empower women through water-related entrepreneurship.
TCCAF is providing US$ 4 million to the project, which is being implemented in partnership with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (CNHF) and Millennium Water Alliance (MWA), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), WaterAid and World Vision. The project builds on the MWA’s existing US$ 13 million CNHF programme that is being implemented in 25 woredas in 4 regions.
The TCCAF project can benefit from the related Multiple Use Services through Rainwater Harvesting (MUStRAIN) pilot project (2011-2013) in Dire Dawa. Funded through the Dutch Partners for Water programme, this project focuses on the exploitation of sand rivers for domestic, livestock and small-scale irrigation through integrated approaches that take account of multiple water needs. The Amsterdam-based RAIN Foundation is implementing this pilot project in partnership with the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, RiPPLE Ethiopia, the Hararghe Catholic Secretariat (HCS) and other local stakeholders.
The launch of the TCCAF RAIN Multiple Use Water Improvements project took place on 12 April 2013 in Addis Ababa, on the sidelines of IRC’s Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery symposium.
The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation’s 6-year RAIN programme (2010-2015) aims to provide at least 2 million Africans with access to clean water by 2015. The US$ 30 million that Coca-Cola has committed towards RAIN seems generous but amounts to just 0.75% of the company’s US$ 4 billion annual budget for marketing in 2013 and less than 7% of its US$ 440 million sponsorship deal with FIFA (2005-2012).
- Counting how many Ethiopians lack decent water and sanitation, IRC, 08 Apr 2013
- Ethiopia: rush to achieve water and sanitation for all by 2015, E-Source, 24 Jul 2012
Related web sites:
Source: MWA, 12 Apr 2013 ; New Business Ethiopia, 13 Apr 2013
Posted in Ethiopia, Financing, Sanitation, Water and livelihoods, Water supply
Tagged Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, finance, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, Millennium Water Alliance, Multiple Use Water Improvements project, multiple use water services, MUStRAIN, RAIN Foundation, source_publish
Liberia will need to bridge a US$ 450 million funding gap to achieve the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) targets that it set for itself in 2017.
Liberia unveiled a five-year US$ 600 million investment plan to rebuild its WASH sector on 7 February 2013. The sector is still recovering from decades of civil war. However, only US$ 150 million of the required amount is covered by existing support from development partners. A large part of remaining US$ 450 million will need to come from user payments for urban WASH services.
Based on national standards, the 7 boreholes and 3 standpipes in the village of Komsilga, Burkina Faso, are sufficient to supply water to 3,600 people. Since only 1,500 people live in the village, you might think that they had water in abundance.
In reality, only half of the villagers receive a basic level of service and half a limited if any service at all. The provision of a basic water service by a small network costs 9 times more in investment and 54 times more in operation and maintenance than a similar level of service provided by a handpump.
These are some of the findings in a new working paper by Dr Christelle Pezon from IRC’s WASHCost project, which describes the analytical framework and the methodological tools developed to cost rural water service levels.
Pezon, C., 2012. Evaluer le coût d’un service pérenne d’eau potable au Burkina Faso: méthodes et outils. (WASHCost document de travail ; n°5). The Hague, The Netherlands, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre. Available at: www.washcost.info/page/2663
For more on WASHCost Burkina Faso see: www.washcost.info/page/475
Visit the WASHCost campaign page: campaign.washcost.info
Posted in Burkina Faso, Financing, Publications, Sustainable services, Water supply
Tagged finance, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, irc's approach, life-cycle costs, rural water supply, WASHCost, water security
The African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) has been awarded a US$ 2 million grant  from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help countries build capacities for sanitation policy development, monitoring and advocacy.
AMCOW will use the 3-year grant for:
- technical guidance and training to four fragile counties to develop and adopt national sanitation and hygiene policies and plans
- organising the 4th AfricaSan conference and awards to boost implementation of the AfricaSan Action Plan and eThekwini ministerial commitments 
- country support in using the African mechanism for water and sanitation monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
“Across the globe, about 2.6 billion do not have access to safe sanitation. Africa accounts for almost 40 percent of these figures.” said Bai Mass Taal, AMCOW Executive Secretary.
AMCOW is an initiative of African Ministers responsible for water and a Specialized Technical Committee on water and sanitation for the African Union.
In 2011, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched  its Reinvent the Toilet initiative at AfricaSan 3 in Kigali, Rwanda.
 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Oct 2012
 WSP, 2008. The eThekwini declaration and AfricaSan action plan. Nairobi, Kenya: Water and Sanitation Program – African Region.
Available at: <www.wsp.org/UserFiles/file/eThekwiniAfricaSan.pdf>
 Reinventing the toilet: Gates Foundation launches new sanitation strategy and grants, Sanitation Updates, 19 Jul 2011
Source: AMCOW, 18 Dec 2012
Posted in Advocacy, Capacity development, Financing, Monitoring & evaluation, Policies & legislation, Sanitation
Tagged AfricaSan 4, AMCOW, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, finance, local support, monitoring
Mozambique’s anti-corruption agency GCCC has arrested the former director and financial administrator of the central regional office of the government’s Water Supply Investments and Assets Fund (FIPAG).
José Duarte and Henriques Leonardo were expelled from FIPAG in mid-2011, but it apparently took over a year to compile the case against them.
Duarte is accused of creating a private water supply company, Recta, which competed with FIPAG to supply water to ships in Beira port.
The activities of Duarte and Leonardo are said to have caused FIPAG losses of 37 million meticais [US$ 1.23 million].
The IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre is supporting Cowater Consultores Lda. to develop an appropriate anti-corruption strategy and plan with the Direcção Nacional de Águas (DNA) in Mozambique .
In April 2012, the government decreed that FIPAG would outsource water distribution to the private sector and restrict its activities financing and managing water assets .
 Developing a water anti-corruption strategy in Mozambique, IRC, 29 Nov 2011
 Mozambique: government relaunches water supply privatisation, Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique / allAfrica.com, 04 Apr 2012
- Mozambique: Former Water Supply Officials Arrested, Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique/allAfrica.com, 02 Nov 2012
- Diário de Moçambique, Gabinete de Combate à Corrupção prende ex-directores regional e financeiro do FIPAG, @Verdade, 01 Nov 2012
The majority of the water and sanitation projects funded by the European Union (EU) in six African countries are not sustainable says the EU’s spending watchdog. The European Commission (EC) maintains that most of the audited projects were approved before it had implemented quality control reforms.
ECA Member David Bostock presenting Special Report no 13/2012. Photo: European Union
The European Court of Auditors (ECA) reviewed 23 projects in Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nigeria and Tanzania. The projects represent an investment of over 400 million euro of which the EU provided 219 million euro. Total EU spending on water and sanitation in sub-Saharan Africa between 2001 and 2010 amounts to over 1 billion euro.
In their report , the auditors warn that the majority of projects will not be sustainable unless non-tariff revenue is ensured and institutional weaknesses are addressed. Less than half of the projects examined delivered results meeting the beneficiaries’ needs.
Posted in Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Financing, Monitoring & evaluation, Nigeria, Sanitation, Sustainable services, Tanzania, Water supply
Tagged European Commission, European Court of Auditors, European Union, finance, financial sustainability, institutional sustainability, irc's approach, source_publish
Lake Nokoué, Benin. Photo: Pacôme Tomètissi
Journalist Pacôme Tomètissi wants to revisit the fishing communities of Lake Nokoué in Benin to examine the sustainability of a 5 million euro EU-funded water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) project. You can support his endeavour via the crowdfunding new website Spot.Us.
In 2010 Pacôme wrote a story about WASH initiatives that were helping to stop pollution of the scenic lake. Poor sanitation was threatening the health and livelihoods of the fishing communities.
The main WASH initiative is the “Citizens together in solidarity for water on Nokoué project”. French NGO Emmaus International launched the project in 2006 in two villages of Sô-Ava district (pop. 76,000). Now the EU is funding the second phase of the community-based project (2011-2015), which aims to provide WASH services to the remaining seven villages. Besides building water and sanitation systems, the project will run a hygiene promotion campaign and train local stakeholders.
If Pacôme can raise enough funds via Spot.Us, he can go to Sô-Ava to report on the sustainability of the Lake Nokoué WASH project.
Spot.Us is a nonprofit platform that fundraises for independent reporting projects. It is part of American Public Media and the Public Insight Network.
Go to http://spot.us/pitches/1411-les-porteurs-deau and leave a comment, become an editor or fund the story!
You can find a description of the Lake Nokoué project on the Emmaus International web site and see a the short video “Nokoué: the Water Companions“.
Posted in Benin, Financing, Rural WASH, Sustainable services, Water and livelihoods, Water quality
Tagged crowdfunding, Emmaus International, finance, irc's approach, Lake Nokoué, source_publish
The Ethiopian government has set itself an ambitious target of achieving 98.5% water coverage and 100 per cent sanitation coverage by 2015. But how realistic is this target?
Currently only 54% of Ethiopia’s 83 million people has access to an improved water source and 60 per cent to sanitation, while there is a big disparity between rural and urban coverage . Some 14% of under-5 childhood deaths in 2010 was caused by diarrhoea .
Ethiopia estimates it will need US$ 3 billion to reach universal water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) coverage, of which US$ 1.5 billion has been pledged by the government and donors . Recent commitments include a US$ 150 million World Bank loan for the Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project (UWSSP)  and a US$ 100 Chinese loan for water supply in Addis Ababa, announced in November 2011 .