Woreda inventory systems

How can information on access to services be improved and used to better target new investments and improve the sustainability of WASH service delivery?

Accurate data on access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services are vital for planning, effective new investments and maintaining existing infrastructure. However, the numbers are hard to collect, and can also be contentious. There is pressure to report improvements in coverage towards ambitious goals like the Universal Action Plan and the Millennium Development Goals. At the same time, Woredas showing improvements in coverage actually risk receiving reduced funding and that can lead to under reporting. The RiPPLE sustainability case studies provided evidence that actual figures on scheme and water point functionality are inconsistent (in this case far below) the estimated figures used for regional and national level planning. As a result, there are concerted efforts initiated at national and regional (especially including in SNNPR) level to improve WASH sector information systems. To support these efforts to improve the use of Woreda inventory systems, RiPPLE has included this theme as one of its sub-LARS. The focus is on supporting government to collect reliable information on access to WASH and to use that information more effectively in planning and targeting new investments as well as to maintain existing services within Woredas. The overall goal is to help sector agencies to develop and use information management systems that lead to better planning, improved accountability and ultimately better service delivery.

One component of the research carried out at national level and in SNNPR was to better understand and link various efforts to develop information systems for WASH (and other sectors) in Ethiopia and to share best practices from other countries. Existing initiatives are documented and key issues and problems in woreda inventorisation identified. This assessment is aimed at supporting the second phase of this sub-LARS, aimed at supporting sector agencies to improve their woreda inventory systems and their use.

Initial findings relate to data management (e.g. how to process, store, verify and analyse the large volume of data collected through new woreda inventories), to using the collected data (e.g. how to develop capacities and promote use of the better information) and to coordination and sharing best practice in information management (e.g. how to improve harmonisation and coordination of the many efforts to monitor activities in the WASH sector).

Page last updated 28 Aug 2009