Regional WASH programme for refugees, IDPs and host communities in East Africa

Project Duration September 2021 – January 2022 Country Eastern Africa Funder KfW
Themes: Advisory

WSUP Advisory provided technical assistance and guidance to UNICEF East Africa to develop a feasible and easy-to-run Site Sustainability Assessment process, to be managed by UNICEF, that provides a mechanism for the further identification and prioritisation of the most favourable locations for investment under the R-WASH programme in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan. The R-WASH programme focusses on improving social cohesion among refugees, IDPs and host communities in conflict-affected areas and communities through improved water supply, sanitation, and hygiene services. The selection process shifted the focus of the programme team from “camps” to “utilities”, building upon a pre-feasibility study conducted by WSUP Advisory in 2020, funded by KfW, in close collaboration with UNICEF and UNHCR regional and country teams, during the preparation of the first phase of the R-WASH programme.  The methodology that was developed by WSUP Advisory is based on a Sector Functionality Framework and Utility Strengthening framework, also developed by WSUP. The methodology for the prioritisation of sites was based on questionnaires and apportionment of weightings to various criteria which included an assessment of the water sector, the utility, technical, environmental, and social aspects. WSUP Advisory trained UNICEF/UNHCR staff in the utilisation of the Site Sustainability Assessment tool.