Aid environments

How can best practices in coordination and harmonisation of donor funding in WASH be scaled up to minimise the potential inefficiencies in dealing with multiple donors, financing modalities and funding channels?

The objective of this study is to assess the status and the extent of aid fund use in the WSS sector in two Weredas in Eastern Hararghe of Ethiopia. Its specifically aims at:

  1. identifying, testing and sharing innovations and best practices in coordination and harmonisation of donor funding,
  2. assessing the disbursement and utilization/absorption of funds channeled to water and sanitation services,
  3. identifying how budgets for water and sanitation at regional and Wereda levels are formulated, approved, implemented, and monitored, and
  4. identifying and testing measures that could ensure commitments are effectively disbursed as planned.

Preliminary study results show that attaining Target 3 of MDG 7 related to access to safe water and sanitation by 2015 will be a considerable challenge. Part of this relates bottlenecks in the system such as limited budgets, late release of funds, complicated procurement procedures and human capacity constraints. Additionally, coordination among different agencies (government, donors, NGOs) and harmonization are weak. Policy alignment is strong, but systems alignment is problematic for a number of NGOs.

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