Agenda for Change members working on systems approaches
Please note this is a summary of information. You can learn more on the WaterAid Pakistan website.
WaterAid has been working in Pakistan since 2008, focusing on the improvement of sanitation coverage in urban and rural areas. They work to coordinate governmental and civil society efforts and use local media as a tool to elevate the profile of WASH. WaterAid sees sanitation coverage as a top priority across Pakistan, supported by their SusWASH initiative. They are currently working in Thatta district of the Sindh Province, the Muzaffargarh and Lahore Districts in the Punjab Province, and Islamabad Capital Territory.
Systems strengthening activities
WaterAid focuses directly on several systems strengthening building blocks. Firstly, WaterAid Pakistan works on strategic planning by partnering with local and federal governments to perform WASH asset mapping and gap analysis. Further, they address accountability and regulation, by working with parliamentarians who influence policy changes and with media fellows to highlight WASH coverage gaps to wider audiences including policymakers. Another focus includes working with provincial education departments on strengthening their monitoring system, such as refining their WASH in schools monitoring indicators. Lastly, Wateraid Pakistan is working on service delivery and behavior change, by developing replicable models for achieving open-defecation free status, female-friendly toilets, and supporting the government on hygiene behavior change activities.
Entities of the Central Government
National Rural Support Programme
Provincial and District Governments, District Coordination Committee
Oxfam, UNICEF, International Rescue Committee, National University of Science and Technology (Pakistan)
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.