Why WASH businesses fail? What approaches can replace CLTSH? (Question from Ethiopia)

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Why WASH businesses fail? What approaches can replace CLTSH? (Question from Ethiopia)

Dears scholars and practitioners, 
1. In my sofar WASH  field work I'm observing majority of private WASH business partners were dropped their business or services after some period of time ? why 
2. Here in  my country we are failing to reach ODF  by using  CLTSH approach?    If you have any approach that can replace  CLTSH approach I like to learn from you guys. 
Thank you so much
Bacha 
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Re: Why WASH businesses fail? What approaches can replace CLTSH? (Question from Ethiopia)


Thank you for your very important question and sharing it with professionals in this Forum.

In your first point, you share your observation that the majority of private WASH business partners dropped their business or services after some period of time. This is worrying, as we need the opposite: more professionals to join the sector. What can we learn from your observation? 
Before rushing into quick answers, I think we should listen a bit more to you: are you willing to share a bit more for our understanding?

In your second point, you suggest, that reaching ODF in Ethiopia by using the CLTSH approach has failed. You are asking for another approach that could eventually "replace" CLTSH. Maybe it is the CLTSH approach - maybe there are other elements representing obstacles in reaching ODF your country? Can I invite you to share a bit more?

Thank you again for sharing your points under "Learning from failure" - could you please describe or enumerate a bit more what you think has failed? I believe we must first try to analyze, what the failure looks like before we can learn from it (and come up with thoughts on how to best solve it ;-)

Looking forward to hearing from you!
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Re: Why private company WASH efforts fail

WASH is a systemic, or holistic issue. It cannot be divided into separate components. Many private companies have failed to appreciate this fact. Thus, they divide the issue into separate boxes, and for each box, they hire a subcontractor to manage it. Their payments are mostly performance based. This means that each subcontractor has a narrow focus on its own specific box. Thus, there is neither integration nor coordination, meaning that the project is essentially doomed to fail. It would be a real miracle if such a project turned out to be a success.
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Re: Why WASH businesses fail? What approaches can replace CLTSH? (Question from Ethiopia)

Majority of private WASH business partners dropped their business or services after some period of time. This is worrying, as we need the opposite: more professionals to join the sector. What can we learn from your observation? 
I am working in the area for  the last 9 years now. Most of the time we established , trained  and  equipped  private partners in order they engaged in and owned  WASH business .  Further we arranged loan services for  them.  we work on demand creation with  existing government structure and some time we used to conduct WASH market day  activation and so on for the business.   But almost all of the individuals  we incubated in this business were  left  the services after some period of time.  Since last year I started to ask my self why they fail? When I rechecked  our past performances they are multiplied by zero.  Almost all the private  WASH partners we established, trained and capacitated and supported  at the time  are  providing the services now. Even  I couldn't  get them   there( working Sanitation business) and they have no memory of what we teach them. They are working  completely different businesses now.   When asked they replied the following reason  for their draw  back. 
  1.   they are not getting the initial  profit  they  expect  from the business 
  2.    Low communities willingness to invest in own  sanitation services / needs
  3.  Affordability of  some of products and services 
  4.   Cost of the product from govt  tax.
yes, reaching ODF in Ethiopia by using the CLTSH approach has failed. and I am requesting for another approach that could eventually "replace" CLTSH.   . To elaborate my Points more,
Here from 2013-2015  we used to sung CLTSH approach to make our country ODF at the end of 2015.  At the time it gets political attention.  Here from the directives passed from governors  to trigger all  villages the local administrators with village level  community health workers triggered  all villages at the time.   But unfortunately  the conducted triggering were carried by  campaign and these villages were not followed up properly to the end  and finally majorities of them( triggered villages)  didn't reached their ODF status.  Now to improve the sanitation status of  such kind of  communities by the same approach   we are not  succeeding .  when we conduct  triggering the communities are not ignited because they already exposed to the CLTSH approach from 2013-2015( they are not virgin com) . 
Therefore, my request is to get lesson from the expertise in the area  how  to  work to improved  the sanitation status of already triggered but draw backed communities ; to make them ODF .


Thank you so much 

Bacha kitesa
 Environmental Health  expert- MPH 
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