Agenda for Change members working on systems approaches
CARE was the implementing partner for over 15 years of delivering, building, and scaling up water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) systems in Perú, largely under the SABA Project. CARE did this under the funding and overall coordination of the Swiss Development Cooperation (COSUDE) and the World Bank, among others.
Water For People implements the Everyone Forever model (encompassing all 8 system-strengthening building blocks) in the districts of Cascas, Reque, and Asunción, in the departments of La Libertad, Lambayeque, and Cajamarca, in Perú.
Systems strengthening activities
CARE Perú managed the SABA Project, which included the installation of water and sanitation systems, strengthening of participants’ capacities, addressing issues of health education, and strengthening relationships with institutions and various ministries through advocacy and political dialogue. As of 2016, this integrated model for rural WASH included 14 of the 25 regional governments within Perú. Additionally, CARE Perú leads projects involving improvement of access to water and sanitation by students and assesses the technical quality and social response in rural Amazonian communities within the Department of Ucayali. They also led the implementation of the Glaciares+ project in partnership with the University of Zurich, which focused on the implementation of adaptation and risk management measures in the regions of Ancash, Cusco, and Lima.
Water For People worked to create and distribute training guides for sustainable WASH services alongside the Ministry of Housing, Construction, and Sanitation & the National Rural Sanitation Program to regional governments, local governments, and community water and sanitation committees (JASS). Water For People is providing ongoing support to five northern regions in Perú for the introduction and effective application of the guidelines.
Entities of the Central Government
Ministry of Housing, Construction, and Sanitation, National Rural Sanitation Program
Regional governments including representatives of health and education, community water and sanitation committees
National Superintendence of Sanitation Services (SUNASS), GIZ, Sanitation and Water for All (SWA), Swiss Development Cooperation (COSUDE), UNICEF, University of Zurich
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.