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WaterAid Tanzania in partnership with WEDECO, a local NGO, train district councils in Tanzania on district wide planning. Donor: Government of Canada.Increasing accountability of WASH donors
23 March 2017 

WASHwatch is an online monitoring platform aiming to encourage and facilitate collaboration within the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector to increase monitoring and accountability towards global water and sanitation progress. To mark World Water Day, we've launched our first WASHwatch Donor Profiles!

Randullabad: Conceptual modelWhat do rocks have to do with water, sanitation and hygiene?
17 March 2017 

India uses more groundwater than China and the USA combined, and its supplies are rapidly depleting. Arjen Naafs, WaterAid's Technical Advisor for South Asia, delves into the hydrogeology that could help communities manage reserves effectively.

Bangre carries a jerry can in Imbina, Burkina FasoBringing morality and ethics to the forefront of NGOs’ legitimacy
22 February 2017 

Robyn Waite, formerly a WaterAid Policy Officer, is a doctoral student with the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Here she explains her research project, which she is currently conducting at WaterAid: ‘Towards an understanding of non-governmental development organisations’ moral legitimacy and applied ethics’.

Novana, 3, washes her hands at a water pump installed in a rural village of Manufahi district, Timor-Leste. District-wide sustainable WASH in Timor-Leste
16 February 2017 

In an environment characterised by many and varied limitations, WaterAid Timor-Leste works to improve the full spectrum of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) service delivery and maintenance. Alex Grumbley, Country Director, explains how the programme has used a district-wide approach in its drive towards greater sustainability.

I think you should be more specific here in step two - cartoon Did I make a difference? Measuring our contribution to change
2 February 2017 | 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.

Knowledge management 3: another dimension
27 January 2017 | Pete Cranston and Aditi Chandak

Knowledge management is behind several elements crucial to our drive to increase our accountability to the people for and with whom we work. Guest author Pete Cranston and Aditi Chandak, WaterAid’s Learning and Knowledge Advisor, introduce the next phase of WaterAid’s Knowledge Management Review.

World WASH mapStrengthening Monitoring in the WASH Sector: WASHwatch
15 December 2016 | Amy Keegan

Monitoring progress within the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector is essential to ensure that globally, regionally and nationally we are all on track to achieve the goal of reaching everyone everywhere with water and sanitation by 2030. Amy Keegan, Policy Officer for Monitoring and Accountability at WaterAid, introduces the relaunch of WASHwatch, the collaborative monitoring platform set up by WaterAid.

Armand celebrates Goal 6 in Madagascar.

What we learned from our post-2015 advocacy
7 October 2016 | 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.

Samira, 22, works as a provision store attendant in Kumasi, Ghana.

Recent thinking on urban sanitation - reporting from Stockholm World Water Week
22 September 2016 | 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.

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

The ‘perennial hope’: private sector investment in WASH in Nigeria
16 September 2016 | 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.

Man holding a mobile phone.

How can Information and Communication Technologies successfully support water services provision?
17 Aug 2016 | Ellen Greggio

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can provide important support to increase WASH data availability and the accountability of service providers. Ellen Greggio, WaterAid’s Programme Advisor for Monitoring and Mapping, reflects on key lessons from new research by WaterAid and partners, and the factors leading to ICT initiatives’ success or failure.

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.

What, no impact assessments? Monitoring and evaluation around evolving WASH activities
2 Aug 2016 | Liza Tong

The expansion of the Monitoring and Accountability 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.

A lady standing at a flip chart.

Knowledge management: connections not collections
1 Aug 2016 | 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.

Apolonia Barreto of WaterAid Timor Leste facilitating the participatory partnership mapping exercise as part of the training.

Relationship health – strong partnerships essential to reach everyone with water, sanitation and hygiene
28 July 2016 | 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.

Mary walking carrying a bucket of water.

Can mobile technology revolutionise data use in the WASH sector?
28 August 2015 | Erik Harvey

Erik Harvey, Head of Programme Support Unit at WaterAid, discusses the role mobile technologies such as mWater could have in ensuring we have the data we need to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal on water and sanitation.

World WASH map

Monitoring the WASH sector: WASHwatch in action at AfricaSan
27 May 2015 | Tim Brewer

As Africa’s WASH stakeholders meet to discuss progress at the AfricaSan conference, key resources and data monitoring platform is officially launched. Tim Brewer, WASHwatch coordinator and WaterAid’s Policy Analyst – Monitoring & Accountability, introduces the platform’s value to the sector.

Handwashing in India

Indicating the SDGs: our concerns and proposals
25 Mar 2015 | Tim Brewer

This week the third Inter-Governmental Negotiations (IGN) meeting to discuss the post-2015 agenda convenes in New York. As member states discuss the actual goals and targets, and the indicators which will be used to measure success, WaterAid’s Policy Analyst - Monitoring & Accountability, Tim Brewer, looks at our top three concerns about the final outcomes, and offers our alternatives.