Agenda for Change members working on systems approaches
Please note this is a summary of information. You can learn more on the WaterAid Myanmar website.
WaterAid has supported the national government of Myanmar with the introduction, testing, and progressive upscaling of a management information system (MIS) for rural water supply monitoring. This process included defining data needs at different levels, establishing the indicators to be used, introducing mWater technology, and developing a customized MIS platform. As it was upscaled, WaterAid helped define institutional processes and mandates for collecting and analyzing the data, including planning and financing. As part of this process, they have initiated a formal memorandum of understanding to work jointly with the Department of Rural Development.
Systems strengthening activities
A major goal for WaterAid is to establish a reliable, sustainable, and effective WASH monitoring system that can contribute to improved financing, accountability, and sustainability of service delivery to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6. Following the demonstration phase, country-wide scale-up is underway with leadership and ownership from the Department of Rural Development. WaterAid has shifted its role to technical advisory support and performs routine improvements to ensure the MIS continues to provide the required data for decision making. Additional outcomes include improvement in sector coordination and monitoring processes, for example, leading UNICEF in adopting the new Department of Rural Development monitoring framework and contributing data to the national MIS. An initial structured assessment to identify key bottlenecks and opportunities for strengthening the Department of Rural Development monitoring was undertaken at the national level, with subnational input from three state offices. Based on this assessment, three townships within different geographic regions were selected to demonstrate the model, namely, Myaing Township in the Magway region, Maubin Township in the Ayeyarwady Region, and Hsiheng Township in the Shan State.
Entities of the Central Government
Department of Rural Development
State and Regional Governments
UNICEF, WaterAid Bangladesh
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.