Thoughts from the Sustainable WASH Forum

Improve International

By Susan Davis, Executive Director, Improve International

Rwanda water pointLast week I went to the Sustainable WASH Forum and Donor Dialogues in DC. A theme of the conversations was roles and responsibilities, especially the roles of governments.  One interesting debate was about who should be responsible for monitoring.  Some said that governments should be solely responsible. There are some governments who are leading the way on this, but I and others believe that this doesn’t mean that development organizations shouldn’t also be accountable for their own work.  If an organization visits water and toilet systems for years after they are built, they can learn from their successes and failures and make their future work better.

Since many organizations only do monitoring & evaluation (M&E) during development programs (see my thoughts after the Learn MandE conference), I think we need to use a new term like “services monitoring” to refer to the…

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