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End-Line Evaluation: MWA Evaluates Success of Self-Supply Acceleration Pilot


Artisan helps build Self-supply well. Photo: Laura Brunson

The Millennium Water Alliance- Ethiopia Program conducted an innovative Self-supply Acceleration pilot during its 2014-2017 program funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. This Self-supply Acceleration program helped enable households to construct and improve their own water supplies. The lack of subsidy provided at the household level of Self-supply is one of the most challenging aspects of this service-delivery model. As a result, the pilot worked to develop the necessary support systems for positioning Self-supply as a viable option for families, using activities such as creating demand in communities; building government interest and expertise in Self-supply; offering a variety of potential technology options; strengthening private sector capacity by providing training to expand their social marketing and monitoring abilities; and expanding the loan portfolio of micro-finance institutions to accommodate loans for WASH. Key Self-supply work was done in five woredas: Dera, Farta, Estie, Omona, and Dugda.

An end-line evaluation of the program found that, though the initial interest from government and communities was low primarily due to the lack of subsidy, influencing and capacity-building efforts resulted in major improvements with buy-in and government support. Overall, through both household and community Self-supply, 731 wells were constructed or improved, and approximately 18,275 people benefited directly from the pilot. At the time of the report, 100 percent of hand-pumps were functional, which increased the accessibility of multiple use services at the household level. This allowed for corresponding reductions in workload and increased time for additional productive activities, such as education. One exciting find is that peer-to-peer promotion played a significant role in encouraging families to adopt Self-supply.

This pilot project was implemented by different partners including CARE, World Vision, Catholic Relief Services,, IRC, and Aqua for All; Aqua for All’s role included both financial support and engagement with private sector activities. Due to efforts during this pilot, woreda staff were prepared to continue Self-supply activities independently at the pilot’s conclusion. During a recent follow-up visit by MWA to one of the Self-supply kebeles, a family that implemented a household well and hand-pump through the program was found to have a fully functioning well, which included a cement apron as well as a hand-pump. The family reported that they are now able to grow a wider variety of crops for consumption and sale, including cabbage and onions. This level of autonomy and subsequent expansion of crops makes a significant difference in their lives.

The growth in grassroots interest at the household level and the combined support of public and private sectors demonstrated in the end-line evaluation indicates that Self-supply Acceleration is a valuable approach to expanding water access for multiple uses in Ethiopia.

To read the full report, visit the members-only forum HERE. If you have difficulty accessing the forum, please email


Posted March 12, 2018


Introducing New MWA Ethiopia Program Director


Last month we welcomed Tedla Mulatu Temesgen to our MWA secretariat in Addis Ababa as our Ethiopia Program Director.

Mr. Mulatu joined MWA in January, 2018 and brought with him over 15 years of experience in business development, donor management, technical assistance, and program development. Prior to MWA, Mr. Mulatu worked in various senior level positions for Amref Health Africa, Voluntary Service Overseas, and Generation Integrated Rural Development Consultant. He holds a Global Executive MBA from United States International University, an M.A. degree in Educational Research and Evaluation from Addis Ababa University (AAU), an International Postgraduate Diploma in project management from Cambridge International College, UK, and a B.A. degree in Sociology and Social Administration from AAU. 

MWA has worked in Ethiopia since 2004, reaching over 1.5 million people in rural areas with improved access to water, sanitation or hygiene. Over the years, MWA Ethiopia programs have been supported by USAID, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the Vitol Foundation, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, and matching funds from MWA member organizations. 

During 2018, MWA Ethiopia is focusing on a Bridge Program funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. MWA members collaborating on this program include: IRC, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, HELVETAS, Food for the Hungry, WaterAid, and World Vision. Additional program partners include: Splash, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Stanford Wood Institute. 

Mr. Mulatu joins the MWA Ethiopia secretariat, which includes Melkamu Jaleta, MWA Country Representative; Mussie Tezazu, CQI and MEL Manager; and Yisehak Leta Guttema, Grants Manager. He can be reached at


Posted February 5, 2018


2017 MWA Ethiopia Program Brochure


Posted June 14, 2017


WASH/IWRM Program Increases Agricultural

Productivity and Improves Livelihoods

 New Video Shows Integrated Water Resource Management in Action in Ethiopia WASH Program Funded by Hilton, Coca-Cola

Washington, DC , December 18, 2014 – The Millennium Water Alliance and its implementing partner in Ethiopia, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), have released two new videos on the WASH program in Ethiopia funded by The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (CNHF) and The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF).

 The videos – one eight minute version and one two-minute version – focus on how MWA member and Ethiopia program partner CRS, along with its local partner, Water Action, have been piloting a “multiple use services “ (MUS) approach in five Ethiopian woredas. The funding from TCCAF and CNHF has enabled MWA and its partners to expand their focus on MUS.

The MUS program at the Ancharo watershed in Kalu woreda (Amhara region) has been in place since 2010, and Ancharo residents have seen a dramatic shift in agricultural productivity. The WASH component is the focus of the MWA-Ethiopia Program, but at the same time CRS is working on a package of interventions combining WASH with agriculture, food security, and livelihood diversification.

The MWA-Ethiopia Program, involving CRS, CARE, Living Water International, WaterAid, World Vision, and local partners, has improved access to water for more than 350,000 people over three years.

See the full video here:

See the two-minute highlight version here:

For more information, contact:


Melkamu Jaleta, Ethiopia Country Director