Effective WASH Approaches and Innovations in the CS WASH Fund

Towards the end of 2017, the CS WASH Fund commissioned a team from Aguaconsult UK to conduct in-depth research of CSO interventions in four cross-cutting areas.

The researchers worked with Fund administrators to prioritise the CSO interventions by focusing on those which have displayed promising approaches in these themes. Working together, they prioritised 23 CSO interventions, with 43 different unique interventions across the four themes.

The Fund has released four Learning Briefs presenting the key findings from the research in each area:

Gender Equality and Social Inclusion: Learning Brief

This Learning Brief presents the key findings from research on Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI). GESI processes focused on ensuring equal opportunities and that everyone can achieve their full potential in life. The GESI theme looked at 12 individual CSO interventions implementing 13 projects, across 11 countries, with Nepal and Zimbabwe appearing twice.

Innovation Integration and Uptake: Learning Brief

This Learning Brief presents the key findings from research in the area of innovation integration and uptake. Concept development is the process of generating new ideas regardless of practicality with no wrong or right outcome. Consistent with this definition, innovations were placed into two broad categories: (i) good practices adapted from the global WASH sector new to the CSO or their country context, or (ii) untested solutions developed by CSOs new to the global sector which could be adapted for use elsewhere.

WASH Market Facilitation: Learning Brief

This Learning Brief presents the key findings from research in the area of WASH market facilitation. The 11 CSO projects studied as part of this research were implemented in widely varying contexts and worked to facilitate WASH markets focused on sanitation products and services.

Policy Influencing: Learning Brief

This Learning Brief presents the key findings from research in the area of policy influencing. Most policy contexts of countries within the Fund are only partially mature. CSOs working under the Fund have had success in influencing policy change at both the national and local level, with the main focus on sanitation and hygiene, but also in the area of financing and subsidies for latrine construction.

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