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A global review of capacity building organizations in water sanitation, and hygiene for developing countries

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posted on 2018-02-12, 15:10 authored by Tommy K. Ngai, Olivier Mills, Gabrielle French, Romain De Oliveira, Cherubina Lepore, Marie Mattens, Taruvinga Sibanda, Mark Sweet, Anil Graves
Although capacity building is increasingly emphasized in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector, many WASH implementing organizations still lack capacity to effectively and sustainably provide WASH services. This study attempts to review the global capacity building efforts in the WASH sector by identifying the major capacity building organizations, understanding their focus and activities, comparing their efforts, and assessing potential gaps in capacity building services. A review of 72 water and sanitation networks identified 104 organizations providing capacity building services to other organizations. These capacity builders are mostly European Non-Governmental Organizations giving trainings on technical subjects with frequent duplication of services. Capacity building services were found to be concentrated in capital cities with rural and remote areas receiving less capacity building services. A lack of long-term client tracking and support was also found. By addressing these gaps and increased communication between these organizations, capacity could be built much more efficiently.



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NGAI, TOMMY K. ... et al, 2013. A global review of capacity building organizations in water sanitation, and hygiene for developing countries. IN: Shaw, R.J. (ed). Delivering water, sanitation and hygiene services in an uncertain environment: Proceedings of the 36th WEDC International Conference, Nakuru, Kenya, 1-5 July 2013, 6pp.


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