Amplifying Local Voices To Reduce Failures In The Sub-Saharan WASH Sector

Project brief:

WASH endeavors regularly fail. Sometimes this means that entire programmes do not achieve their stated aims, sometimes these failures are setbacks which can be rectified with sufficient reflection and action. 

WASHTED partnered with the University of Western Australia; University of Leeds, UK and University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa among others in conducting research to look at WASH failures. The research aimed to develop an evidence base of how and why field-based WASH professionals in four sub-Saharan African countries (Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe) countries believe failures occur, their experiences when sharing and discussing them within their organizations, and how they believe a culture conducive to publicly sharing and learning from failures could be nurtured. The project run from July 2019 to December 2020.

Research outputs are in the form of research briefs for all countries, and one specific for Malawi. These can be found here:

For all countries
For Malawi

The study findings were also presented at the Colorado 2021 WASH symposium, Materials can be found below:

View Slides Here

Watch the video below


The project received funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering as part of the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).
Total funding: £29,632.38

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