We have identified Honduras, Rwanda and Uganda as countries that are ready for rapid progress, and where we will work together to align our programming and build our network for collective action.
The country networks / hubs are in the process of developing the roadmaps to achieve universal access based on the local context. We have partnerships with and agreement from governments in these countries to work together towards universal coverage and sustained access for everyone, everywhere, forever.
In Honduras the Agenda For Change is carried out by the Para Todos, Por Siempre (Everyone Forever) initiative. This is an initiative of some ten non-governmental organisations, the main central government entities and some 26 municipalities. In these 26 municipalities a roadmap is being followed towards the achievement of universal coverage with water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services and ensuring that those are sustainable.
To do this, the Para Todos, Por Siempre members support municipalities in setting up the main local level institutions such as municipal WASH councils; in monitoring service delivery using the SIASAR monitoring system, and analysing the costs of service delivery, and ensuring that the financial resources are there to cover the costs.
In Rwanda, Agenda For Change is defined as a network of stakeholders in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) working to support the achievement of universal and sustainable access to WASH services through a District-wide Approach (DWA). Subsequent to a successful workshop on this approach, the network brought together officials from the Ministry of Infrastructure, Water and Sanitation Corporation (WASAC Ltd) and key development partners active in WASH. All agreed that Agenda For Change and a District-wide Approach will be piloted in three districts, namely Ngororero, Gicumbi and Bugesera.
WASAC will lead the pilot phase in Ngororero District, WaterAid will lead in Bugesera District, and Water For People in Gicumbi District. Then the intent is to scale up the approach to national level.
The Agenda For Change in Uganda is called the WASH Agenda For Change (WA4C). It is an advocacy and learning alliance in Uganda, which supports the right to safe water and sanitation. It aims to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in at least three districts in Uganda.
The WA4C was created by IRC, Water For People and WaterAid in Uganda and is coordinated by IRC who hosts the hub secretariat.
Just as Agenda For Change is about delivering services that last, and building local systems to deliver those services, the WA4C is a systems approach that embodies four sets of collaborative behaviours; the District-wide Approach (WaterAid), Everyone Forever (Water For People), Service Delivery Approach (IRC) and Aid Effectiveness (Sanitation and Water for All - SWA).
Many organisations and the Government of Uganda have embraced the idea of planning for universal services particularly with regards to creating the infrastructure, but acknowledge the key challenge to ensuring service sustainability. There is a strong government leadership for WA4C and support to its activities, with about 50 districts already having District Investment Plans (DIP) in place. Government policy reforms favour the WA4C agenda, and include a review of a range of policy instruments (investment plans, monitoring framework, district guidelines, capacity development plans).