NGO partnerships and capacity building in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector
The primary objective of the work was to develop a strategic approach for AusAID to engage with NGOs in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector.
Project Category: Applied Research
Key Areas of Work: Public health,Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
Project Date: Mar 18, 2008
The impetus for this particular study into NGO involvement and investment opportunities for the Australian Government’s new Water and Sanitation Initiative (WSI) comes from the increased engagement between AusAID and a range of NGOs, academic and research centres and the Australian water industry.
AusAID commissioned the study through the International WaterCentre-managed Australian Water Research Facility (AWRF), and it has been undertaken by researchers from the Institute of Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney and the IWC. It involved an assessment of engagement mechanisms and a plan for expanded NGO activities, including a rapid assessment of NGO pipeline plans and indicative capacity to absorb additional activities presented country by country. The study also considered practical ways to support capacity development in the WASH sector and opportunities for partnerships between developing country utilities and Australian state and local government agencies.