About RiPPLE

RiPPLE was a five-year research programme consortium funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) between 2006 and 2011. During these five years, RiPPLE aimed to advance evidence-based learning on water supply and sanitation (WSS), focusing specifically on issues of planning, financing, delivery and sustainability, and the links between sector improvements and pro-poor economic growth. 

Following the termination of the DFID funded programme in June 2011, RiPPLE evolved into an indigenous NGO and became a Charities & Societies Agency registered organization in November 2011. RiPPLE’s highest governing body (the General Assembly) convened for the first time on March 26, 2012 and appointed RiPPLE’s members of the Executive Board and its Executive Director. Since April 1, 2012 RiPPLE continued its operations as an independent indigenous NGO; and it has grown in terms of staff numbers, geographical and thematic area coverage.

The Learning and Practice Alliances (LPAs) continue to guide research direction according to local priorities, test and evaluate new approaches, and share experiences within and between districts and regions.

RiPPLE’s research cycle comprised the following Phases:

  • In Phase 1 (2006-8), our research focused on the development of case studies covering a range of financing, growth, and governance and planning issues.  
  • In Phase 2, (2008-9), we have been implementing two Long-term Action Research Studies (LARS) on Access and Growth, building on the Phase 1 case studies and the priorities and concerns of our LPA members.  
  • In Phase 3 (2009-11), the programme evolved from these LARS and concentrated further on influencing policy and practice, and developing sector capacity to generate new knowledge in support of improved service delivery.

These 3 phases of operation as a five years research programme have resulted in the attainment of our goals and helped RiPPLE to gain nation-wide recognition for the usefulness of its work; while the numerous networks established by the programme have additionally become causes for the development of fruitful partnerships with a number of national and international organizations. These partnerships have consequently widened the scope of RiPPLE’s mandates both geographically and thematically. We now work in the four major regions of Ethiopia namely; Amhara, Oromia, SNNPR and Tigray. RiPPLE continues to develop new bodies of high quality policy and practice-relevant knowledge through our platform of Learning and Practice Alliances (LPAs) and other fora that operate at different levels.

Page last updated 20 Feb 2013