Agenda for Change members working on systems approaches

Please note this is a summary of information. You can learn more on the CARE Ecuador website.

Through the Adaptation to Climate Change for Andean Populations (ACCRE) program (2016-2019), CARE Ecuador sought to facilitate adaptation and resilience to climate change within high altitude communities of the Pichincha province. 

Systems strengthening activities

CARE’s ACCRE project included management, conservation, and restoration of the region’s páramos, (mountain grasslands) where over 70% of the nation’s water supply originates. CARE’s district-wide landscape model promoted agroecological practices and the conservation of the paramos. CARE’s hydro-social territorial approach had five main components: ensure responsible production processes based on agroecology;  development local regulation for the conservation of ecosystems that provide water services; delineation of the agricultural boundary; conservation and restoration of paramos and recharge areas; the inclusion of women as central actors of change.

As part of the project, CARE Ecuador worked with juntas (WASH committees), and through these committees, farmers have been able to make community action plans to adapt to changes in climate—and specifically, differences in quantity and quality of water available at traditional sources. CARE also worked with local government and public utilities to negotiate the creation of a revolving water fund at the municipal level and worked specifically with the often marginalized Andean populations in rural communities to reduce negative impacts of climate variability locally.

Other partners
Local Governments

District governments

All others

Local WASH committees

  • Systems strengthening activities


  • A diverse set of actors coming together on the ACCRE project helped to contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of the project overall. 
  • During an intermediate evaluation of the project, ACCRE had reached 556 direct beneficiaries and 25,500 indirect beneficiaries.


  • The Juntas, however, did not have sufficient resources (personnel and time) to monitor and collect data on water sources used exclusively for the dry season.
  • However, over-cultivation and unsustainable agriculture practices, in tandem with climate change and longer dry seasons, have affected the paramo’s ecological health and its water holding capacity.

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.

National level

Building Block




Institutional Arrangements & Coordination

Service Delivery Infrastructure




Regulation & Accountability

Water Resource Management

Learning & Adaptation

  • Not implemented
  • No data yet
  • Poor results
  • Fair results
  • Good results


Systems Library

Please note this is a summary of available resources. You can learn more on the CARE Ecuador website.

Strengthening Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Systems: Concepts, Examples, and Experiences

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Strengthening Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Systems: Concepts, Examples, and Experiences

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Ecuador Collaborative Behaviour Country Profile 2020

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Local political leadership or a fool-proof system?

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CARE – Leaving No One Behind: World Water Day 2019

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Evaluación Intermedia: Adaptación al cambio climático de poblaciones Andinas mediante el manejo, conservación, y restauración de páramos

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“Comités de Investigación” in Ecuador: Using data to make policy change
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