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UWASNET CSO Response to the 2017 Water and Environment Sector Performance Report

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By Rehema Aanyu 21 days ago

The civil society Organisations in water and sanitation sub-sector mobilized under the umbrella organisation, UWASNET take note of the various key achievements the sector has registered over the past financial year 2016/2017 as reported in the Sector Performance Report (SPR) 2017. This response paper provides key insights of the 2017 SPR review by UWASNET members for reflection and strategic decision making towards achieving sector targets and universal access to water and sanitation. Our assessment therefore analysis highlights gaps and recommendations under the different sections of the SPR including: sector planning and fin ace, governance, rural water supply, urban water supply, water resources management, water for production, sanitation and hygiene, climate change and gender.

 

2.0 ASSESSMENT OF PERFORMANCE

 

       2.1 PROGRESS ON JOINT SECTOR REVIEW UNDERTAKINGS

 

CSOs appreciate the progress made towards implementation of the 2016 JSR Undertakings where a total of four undertakings have been achieved and seven partially achieved and only one was not achieved at all. This is an improvement from last year where a total of three undertakings were not achieved out of the adopted 11 undertakings. However, CSOs are concerned of the lack of commitment to finance/prioritise implementation of undertakings especially those carried over from the financial year 2015/2016 such as Undertaking #1 on development of the ENR performance monitoring framework.

Issue identified: There was over-reliance on “consultant-driven studies” as a first step to the implementation of most undertakings. This was especially observed in the unachieved undertaking #6. While it is important to conduct situational studies, these don’t have to be outsourced to consultants. Given that the Ministry collects data regularly through its monitoring mechanisms, there should be enough information to inform certain decisions and actions proposed in most of the undertakings. For example the utilization of water storage facilities can be established through regular monitoring by the ministry technical teams.

Recommendation: The Ministry needs to efficiently utilise its resident human resource capacity to fast-track implementation of undertakings and reduce expenditure on consultants. Rather than wait for funds to engage consultants to undertake studies, MWE could work with its M&E Personnel to collect information; or the communication team to document achievements. Overall, there is need to finance implementation of the sector capacity development plan towards human resource but also consider integration of non-state actors as beneficiaries and as contributors to the sector capacity development plan.

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