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 has been working in Haiti since 1984 to support access to water and sanitation, environmental conservation and climate change adaptation, and emergency relief and restoration. Their approach has evolved over the years towards a systemic approach that is key to sustainability and impact at scale. In 2017, Helvetas Haiti began working to enable local WASH actors to execute their roles and respond to their responsibilities and continues with contributions to policy dialogue at the national level.
Systems strengthening activities
Helvetas’ approach is aligned with the vision of the sector reform and focuses on building local governance schemes that separate the functions of the Directorate of Potable Water and Sanitation (DINEPA) and the municipalities. They are implementing a 12 year program called Renforcement de la Gouvernance Locale de l’Eau et de l’Assainissement (REGLEAU) (“Strengthening Local Governance of Water and Sanitation”) in four municipalities in the Sud-Est (South-East) department: Jacmel, Bainet, La Vallée-de-Jacmel, and Marigot. This program targets the long-term, systemic changes that are needed across the country.
Entities of the Central Government
Directorate of Potable Water and Sanitation (DINEPA), Ministry of Interior and Territorial Communities
Regional WASH offices of DINEPA, Municipal governments and administrations
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
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.