In each of the focus woredas, a woreda-LPA has been established. LPAs at this level are the most significant in terms of targeting practical actions including new methods, technologies and training. Woreda LPA members are from relevant government institutions (from a range of WSS-related and other sectors, including agriculture), civil society and community-based organisations, the private sector, international and local implementing agencies, and the media. The spread of LPAs across the six woredas helps to capture some (though not all) of the range of cultural, geographical and socio-economic contexts within Ethiopia, balanced by the need to work in a relatively small number of woredas in order to enable depth and complexity of treatment. The LPAs at woreda-levels are designed to further understanding of:
- How to improve demand driven implementation
- How to improve the implementation process as a whole
- How to support WSS committees and operators in understanding linkages between sustainability and equity in sanitation provision
- How to increase the benefits from service delivery in terms of improved health, increased incomes and livelihoods diversification and security
- What equipment, systems and capacities are needed at woreda level to improve sustainable service delivery
Woreda LPAs have been established in Kurmuk and Menge in Benishangul-Gumuz, Babile and Goro-gutu in Oromia, and Alaba and Mirab Abaya in SNNPR. Woreda offices have been set up, headed by RiPPLE woreda coordinators who work closely with the regional coordinators and research teams operating in their woreda. Woreda LPAs will be instrumental in the implementation of RiPPLE's long-term action research studies, which will involve intensive joint research and learning activities with implementers at woreda level.
Page last updated 26 Aug 2009