Joint Sector Review (JSR)

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Joint Sector Review (JSR)

I've been thinking lately how critical the JSRs are as a process and how ideally they could really be a collective impact initiative. I've been skimming this report by Kerstin Danert and its impressive to understand how impactful this process could be if it had the right level of support and follow up over time. Within a well organized and funded collective impact initiative it could be transformative.

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Rural Water Supply Joint Sector Review Study

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Re: Joint Sector Review (JSR)

Having participated in the JSR (and JTR, a technical review 6 months before) in Uganda (the usually cited best example for JSR) for two consecutive years (2014&15) as a NGO representative, I would say that it is definitely a nice event and meeting.

However it is also very much government and state donor driven, with civil society and non-state donors largely in a observer role only or not present at all (mainly the humanitarian sector that worked in the northern areas with refugee camps).

Overall my impression was that its impact is probably overstated. It seemed more like a generally useful thing to have an annual meeting, but by itself it probably does not have much impact. However not having it might also lead to some negative impact, thus I guess overall it is a good idea. I just don't think they are very "critical" and have much impact.

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