• Service: Advisory
  • Type: KPMG information
  • Date: 4/12/2013

Sustainability in WASH Governance Programmes 

Based on experience from WaterAid/Freshwater Action Network (FAN)’s Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF) programme, this handbook explores the elements needed to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) governance and make it sustainable.
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For WaterAid and FAN, sustainability means that the benefits and progress achieved during the life of the programme not only survive and continue long after it has ended, but also continue to progress on an upward course5. This definition implies that there is no end point for sustainability. Even if a completely ideal state is reached, this too must be continually sustained. If at any time the benefits of the programme begin to disappear and communities slip back into the pre-intervention situation, then the intervention cannot be said to be sustainable.