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Improving water point functionality in Malawi: making the case for minimum financing for direct support

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posted on 2018-02-12, 15:11 authored by Joy Wahba, Sydney Byrns, T. Smith
Due to decentralization policy in Malawi, district government water offices responsible for providing direct support for water service delivery find themselves with an increase in devolved responsibilities but without the corresponding funds to carry them out. EWB has been implementing a strategy to advocate for a realistic devolution of funds to district level government to carry out the minimum direct support necessary to improve water point functionality. This approach is focused on the generation of specific evidence, as well as mapping and coordination of sector stakeholders to generate a feasible plan for an increase in devolved funds. This case study highlights the key lessons learned in advocating for more resources to an underfunded sector in a competitive resource constrained context where most sectors remain severely underfunded.



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WAHBA, J. ... et al, 2017. Improving water point functionality in Malawi: making the case for minimum financing for direct support. IN: Shaw, R.J. (ed). Local action with international cooperation to improve and sustain water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services: Proceedings of the 40th WEDC International Conference, Loughborough, UK, 24-28 July 2017, Paper 2779, 6pp.


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