Regional-level LPA

Regional-level LPAs have been established in the three regions and act as nodal points for learning and action for improved service delivery. They are well-placed to act as the principal interface between national-level policy making and financial flows on the one hand, and woreda-level implementation on the other. Regional LPAs have an important role because:
  • The regions have key powers in planning and implementing WSS services and the political weight to absorb outputs from RiPPLE;
  • There is existing capacity for leading action research and learning at regional level
  • Regional-level implementators have a good overview of WSS activities
  • They are key in designing systems and building the capacities for planning water service delivery at lower levels.

All implementing agencies are found at regional level because they need to consult regional authorities. This presents a key opportunity to discuss approaches for service delivery, define key obstacles and design improvements, for both regional and woreda level implementation.The region is, therefore, the key interface for translating research findings from woreda-level into suggestions for improved policy, sector coordination and financing flows for national discussion.

RiPPLE has established LPAs in Assosa, Benishangul-Gumuz; Awassa, SNNPR; and Harar, Oromia. Their members have taken part in case study research across RiPPLE’s themes and regions, and are now closely involved in the development of long-term action research studies (LARS), which will be RiPPLE’s major focus over the next 18 months.

Page last updated 26 Aug 2009