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WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) recently facilitated monitoring workshops for supported programmes. The workshops supported GSF’s efforts to strengthen monitoring systems to harmonize reporting on key results such as Open Defecation Free (ODF) status, and report on progress on towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.2. Two workshops were organized for English and French-speaking programmes, engaging over 50 participants from 12 Executing Agencies. The English workshop was held 11 to 15 September in Tanzania, while the French workshop took place 2 to 6 October in Benin.
Photos: Tanzania workshop; Benin workshop; Participants at the Benin workshop. Credit: WSSCC
The workshops familiarized participants with the new GSF results framework and financial reporting system, as well as associated guidelines and reporting formats to be used from the end of 2017. The new results framework standardizes indicator definitions across all programmes and aligns with the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme sanitation and hygiene monitoring ladder approach. It also supports programme monitoring around themes integral to SDG 6.2 including menstrual hygiene management, urban water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), climate change and equality and non-discrimination (EQND). The new framework will also help programmes monitor the sustainability of results achieved so far, how well their work strengthens the enabling environment at the subnational level, and the impact of GSF in national WASH sectors. Developed to align with the GSF Theory of Change, which describes the Fund’s contribution to achieving SDG 6.2 by 2030, the new GSF results framework is ambitious in scope. Programmes will not be able to report on the entire framework immediately, but different parts of the framework will become increasingly relevant as programmes evolve into new areas and strengthen current work to address sustainability and EQND, for example. As programmes contribute to strengthening national sector monitoring and ODF verification systems, the workshops demonstrated that advocating for universal minimum standards on indicator definitions and monitoring approaches is more challenging in some programmes than others. The workshops also highlighted the complexities in monitoring the sustainability of ODF results achieved to date. Stronger guidance at the global level is still required. In addition, a general challenge relates to the wide range of data verification systems and monitoring capacities across programmes and countries. At the end of the workshops, participants developed and presented plans on how their programmes can align with and roll out the new results framework and financial reporting tool. They agreed to familiarize and train their implementing partners in the new framework and systems. Going forward, GSF will finalize the results framework and monitoring and evaluation manual, based on extensive feedback from the workshop. The Fund is also in the process of developing an online results reporting tool. In addition, GSF will provide technical support on a programme-by-programme basis for aligning to the results framework and using the financial reporting tool.