Reply: New learning brief: Strengthening Sub-National Systems for Area-Wide Sanitation and Hygiene

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New learning brief: Strengthening Sub-National Systems for Area-Wide Sanitation and Hygiene

Following widespread decentralisation reforms, including across Africa, responsibility for S&H often sits with sub-national governments.

For some time, local government leadership has been recognised as key to ensuring sustainability and scale and it is an important component of the emerging use of systems strengthening approaches in the S&H sector

From late 2020 to early 2021, the Sanitation Learning Hub collaborated with local government actors and development partners from three sub-national areas to explore ways of increasing local government leadership and prioritisation of sanitation and hygiene (S&H) to drive progress towards area-wide S&H.

It is hoped that this work will provide practical experiences to contribute to this thinking.

Case studies were developed to capture local government and development partners’ experiences supporting sub-national governments increase their leadership and prioritisation of S&H in Siaya County (Kenya, with UNICEF),
Nyamagabe District (Rwanda, with WaterAid) and Moyo District (Uganda, with WSSCC), all of which have seen progress in recent years.

The cases were then explored through three online workshops with staff from the local governments, central government ministries and development partners involved to review experiences and identify levers and blockages to change.

This document presents key findings from this process.

Download the brief here:  https://sanitationlearninghub.org/resource/strengthening-sub-national-systems-for-area-wide-sanitation-and-hygiene/

You can read more about our process of doing this work online here:  https://sanitationlearninghub.org/2021/06/04/translating-face-to-face-participatory-workshops-to-an-online-setting/

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Re: Reply: New learning brief: Strengthening Sub-National Systems for Area-Wide Sanitation and Hygiene

Dear awebbslh

This is a very essential and timely initiative as local level initiatives go a long way in strengthening sanitation and health at community level and in aligning them with the national programs while partnering with NGOs in the field. HIghlighting and sharing such initiatives will be very useful in realizing our dream of safe sanitation and health for all.

Warm regards G Kondala Rao
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Re: Reply: New learning brief: Strengthening Sub-National Systems for Area-Wide Sanitation and Hygiene

Thanks Alice for posting this learning paper.

As the paper highlights, there are a lot of examples of and therefore lessons available to support at the national levels and very little for sub-national level, the very arena of sanitation and hygiene (H&S) interventions across the Global South. The key building blocks identified for strengthening systems at the sub-national levels are
  1. Increasing political will and supporting leadership
  2. Local government resource allocation (financial and human) 
  3. Government-led monitoring, reporting and data use
  4. Leaving no one behind
These blocks seem to partly agree with the enabling environment framework  as well as the recently modified  city service delivery assessment  framework. 

The emerging lessons, especially those related to stakeholder analysis and ensuring political commitment, and setting up and sustaining monitoring systems will be useful across geographies and for diverse WASH interventions.
 
Is a longer version of this paper planned? Or are the reports of individual case studies available? It would be a good idea to also make them available.  

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Re: Reply: New learning brief: Strengthening Sub-National Systems for Area-Wide Sanitation and Hygiene

Hi Paresh, 

Thanks for your message!

The case studies will be published shortly and we’re planning on presenting two related papers on our process and findings at the WEDC
conference.

A longer paper has been submitted to a journal and we can discuss details by email if that’s useful (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

We will be sure to comment on this post when the case studies are published and the presentation details confirmed.

Best wishes, 

Alice
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