National LPA: Forum for Learning on Water and Sanitation (FLoWS)

Ethiopia has a huge wealth of learning in the Water and Sanitation Sector (WSS) being delivered by both researchers and practitioners. A host of institutions across the country are now deeply involved in providing teaching, research and practical inputs to learning processes in the sector.

In addition, a number of active networks and fora are improving sector coordination and enhancing overall understanding of the challenges facing implementation of sustainable water and sanitation services. All these networks and fora provide critical inputs into the sector.

The purpose of FLoWS is to enhance and support these contributions through providing an umbrella under which learning across networks and fora can be shared more effectively and, specifically, support sector undertakings agreed each year at the Multi-Stakeholder Forum. This will strengthen the capacity for Ethiopia’s WSS sector to link learning and research to key policy processes across the year and support delivery of the MSF undertakings.

In order to achieve this, the FloWS:

  • Provides a series of national learning events across the year, bridging the MSFs, and bringing to the sector undertakings enhanced understanding of the challenges and opportunities involved in their implementation;
  • Documents learning from these events in a series of reports and briefing notes that allows the fullest possible sharing of knowledge and information across the sector; and
  • Consults widely during this process on future learning priorities in the sector and help to consolidate national priorities in sector learning into a document presented each year at the MSF.
FLoWS is led by Ethiopia's Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) in close collaboration with other key sector institutions and with support from RiPPLE.  FLoWS was launched in May 2008 with some six national-level learning and sharing events, timetabled over the year.  Each event has presentations and discussions around findings relevant to the key undertakings as well as encouraging debates on other current criticial sector issues.

Page last updated 26 Aug 2009