byHarro Riedstra via web
Many countries in East Africa suffer from poor WASH infrastructure. National monitoring systems can help assess the status of this essential public resource and provide an important tool for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). Fragile states in the region need support with water management, as their often-large refugee and internally displaced communities living in informal settlements are particularly at risk of waterborne diseases and epidemic outbreaks. In the paragraphs below the East Africa D2D planned objectives and deliverables for 2017 are described in more detail.
National WASH monitoring and IWRM
This year we are planning to work with the Ethiopian government, supported by Unicef, to do WASH inventory mapping of the Somali region. In addition to data collection with Flow, we will develop a data visualisation dashboard with Akvo Lumen. Moreover, we will work on a joint M&E plan with SNV and PSI for the Transform WASH program in the Horn of Africa.
In Mozambique we are aiming to support the Ministry of Water and Sanitation (DNAAS) and partners in WASH monitoring. This involves the development of a plan with BTC to do WASH mapping of Nampula and Zambezia provinces and a Lumen pilot as part of the new national mSINAS system of the Indian ocean country.
In neighbouring Zambia we are planning to complete water point mapping with Flow after ±50 districts were already done. Moreover, we will pilot the use of Akvo Lumen, a data analysis and visualisation tool, in collaboration with the government and the African development bank. Rwanda is another focus country. We aim to pilot the use of Flow by the Ministry of Health in a joint initiative with SNV to collect WASH data in eight districts. Another goal is to get involved in the development of a national WASH MIS system in the central African country by submitting a joint proposal with Hydrophil.
Supporting fragile states
There are several fragile states in East Africa. As part of the D2D program we are planning to assess the WASH situation in South Sudanese refugee camps in Northern Uganda. In South Sudan we will develop a plan for Flow training to monitor Welt Hunger Hilfe (WHH) programs and we will explore collaboration with other emergency and development aid partners in Africa’s newest country.
Finally, in IDP camps in the North Kivu province of DR Congo we will assess the WASH situation and subsequently discuss with key stakeholders how Akvo tools can be applied to improve monitoring and management of water and sanitation infrastructure.