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  • Delivering a global change project

    WaterAid staff in East Africa attending PMER training.
    Posted 13 Sep 2017 by Kate Ferguson

    Kate Ferguson, PMER Training and Capacity Development Manager, explains how WaterAid changed the face of its programming system to improve how we think about, manage and feed back on our work.

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  • The beginning of the road: Swaziland convenes first joint sector review

    Posted 9 May 2017 by Ncamiso Mhlanga

    In September 2016, Swaziland’s water and sanitation sector assembled to discuss and review water, sanitation and hygiene issues through a joint sector review (JSR). Ncamiso Mhlanga, WaterAid’s Country Team Leader in Swaziland, reports back on the benefits of JSRs for the sector.

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  • Did I make a difference? Measuring our contribution to change

    I think you should be more specific here in step two - cartoon
    Posted 2 Feb 2017 by Kate Norgrove

    How do you systematically plan, monitor, evaluate and report on advocacy work in a complex and unpredictable global context? Kate Norgrove, ex- Global Head of Campaigns at WaterAid UK, shares her parting thoughts.

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  • WaterAid and knowledge management: admitting success

    Learning hub portrait
    Posted 17 Oct 2016 by Aditi Chandak, Pete Cranston

    Guest author Pete Cranston and Aditi Chandak, WaterAid’s Learning and Knowledge Advisor, explain how we created positive conversations when reviewing our practice around learning and knowledge management.

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  • What we learned from our post-2015 advocacy

    Posted 7 Oct 2016 by Jayde Bradley

    Agenda 2030 outlines a diverse, universal and incredibly ambitious programme. But how effective was the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector in ensuring these issues gained the profile they deserved as part of our post-2015 advocacy? Jayde Bradley, WaterAid UK's Advocacy Coordinator, muses on the findings of a recent evaluation of this work.

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  • Recent thinking on urban sanitation – reporting from Stockholm World Water Week

    Samira, 22, works as a provision store attendant in Kumasi, Ghana.
    Posted 22 Sep 2016 by Andres Hueso

    In a rapidly urbanising world, urban sanitation is an area where urgent action is needed. WaterAid co-convened two events at World Water Week to share recent research and experiences from different cities that have achieved success. Andrés Hueso, Senior Policy Analyst for Sanitation at WaterAid, reports.

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  • Measuring the immeasurable: monitoring and evaluation in advocacy

    Kate Norgrove, WaterAid's Global Head of Campaigns, (left) with Gladys and Blessings at savings group in Malawi.
    Posted 15 Sep 2016 by Kate Norgrove

    To continue to grow our impact, it is important that we measure what we do. We can add up toilets, and record how many people have gained safe water, but how do we count the effect of the advocacy that forms half of our work? Kate Norgrove, WaterAid’s Global Head of Campaigns, finds some clues in Malawi.

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  • What, no impact assessments? Monitoring and evaluation around evolving WASH activities

    WaterAid Burkina Faso's Regional Learning Center Coordinator, Lucien Damiba, attaches a water monitoring device that he has just removed from a borehole, to a laptop, in Basbedo, Burkina Faso, October 2014.
    Posted 2 Aug 2016 by Liza Tong

    The expansion of the Monitoring and Evaluation section of our policy, practice and advocacy site mirrors the evolution of how WaterAid monitors its work. As our priorities shift to include more advocacy, sector strengthening, human rights, and sector integration, so too must our evaluative work adjust and adapt. But should we be looking at full impact evaluation? Liza Tong, Programme Manager for Accountability and Effetiveness at WaterAid UK, discusses.

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  • Knowledge management: connections not collections

    A lady standing at a flip chart.
    Posted 1 Aug 2016 by Aditi Chandak

    Sharing knowledge and building on lessons is important both within and between organisations in international development. After identifying our learning systems as a weakness, WaterAid commissioned a knowledge management review to help us pinpoint and address shortcomings – Aditi Chandak, WaterAid’s Knowledge and Learning Advisor, discusses the findings and what we can take forward.

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  • Relationship health – strong partnerships essential to reach everyone with water, sanitation and hygiene

    Apolonia Barreto of WaterAid Timor Leste facilitating the participatory partnership mapping exercise as part of the training.
    Posted 27 Jul 2016 by Louisa Gosling

    Collaboration is one of WaterAid’s core values, and we know we can only hope to achieve our aims and vision of universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) by living this value. Louisa Gosling, WaterAid’s Quality Programmes Manager, shares how we re-assessed the quality of our partnerships, and what we have learned about keeping relationships healthy.

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