Agenda for Change members working on systems approaches
Please note this is a summary of information. You can learn more on the Helvetas website.
Helvetas Benin supports access to drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services through a range of public and private sector support, as well as through the construction of manual and solar water systems. Their approach aims to make each actor capable of operating independently so that the ecosystem of services is efficient and sustainable.
Helvetas’ NimDora project integrates the improvement of access to water and the learning of good behavior in schools and health centers. This is done through awareness-raising and the construction of water access structures and latrines specifically adapted to menstrual hygiene needs.
Systems strengthening activities
Helvetas’ NimDora project, which works with rural communities in the Alibori department of Benin, promotes access to water for the most isolated or neglected communities. Depending on the situation, boreholes equipped with hand pumps are made, or some are transformed into the autonomous solar water supply.
In parallel, a communication strategy is implemented to ensure the adoption of best practices for hygiene and preserve the quality of water at the point of consumption. The project also incorporates community-led total sanitation (CLTS) components to encourage the adoption of improved hygiene practices throughout the communities. As soon as behavioral change begins and demand for sanitation emerges, the supply side of improved latrine construction is supported, with a sanitation marketing strategy that enables contractors to provide affordable and appropriate services to ensure that households are equipped with safe and hygienic latrines.
In addition, advocacy is carried out to change sector norms and standards, and to promote dialogue, sharing of good practices, and learning.
Entities of the Central Government
Ministry of Health, Beninese National Agency for drinking water in rural areas (ANAEPMR)
Associations of drinking water consumers, CANEA, GIZ, SNV, Protos, OMS, UNICEF
How strong are the systems?
To determine how well systems are working, we rely on data derived from Building Blocks, which are manageable ‘sub-systems’ that can be supported and strengthened. Certain building blocks may be more strongly developed or applied at district or national level. Interactions between building blocks are essential.