[ETHIOPIA FIELD UPDATE] Year-4 Review and Year-5 Planning Workshop

The Sustainable WASH Project has been implemented by MWA and program partners in three targeted Woredas (Dera, Farta, and North Mecha) since April 1, 2019. This quarter marks the beginning of the fifth year of the grant period (2019-2024). Over the past four years, the project has achieved significant progress in targeted schools, healthcare facilities, and the community, despite challenges related to national/regional insecurity, COVID-19, price escalation, and the devaluation of local currency.

A workshop was conducted on April 3-5 in Bahir Dar town by MWA in collaboration with implementing partners WVE, WAE, FH, IRC-WASH, CRS, and CARE. Government representatives from the three districts Water Office, Health Office, Education Office, Women’s Affairs Office, Finance Office, District Council, and the regional Bureau of Water, Education, and Finance were in attendance.

The objectives of the workshop were to:

  • Assess the status of project implementation, including targets, achievements, limitations, and challenges.
  • Identify priority areas/milestones, prepare an action plan and budget for the remaining grant period (SWP-Year 5).
  • Extract best practices, successes, and learning from practice that could help with designing projects for scale-up.
  • Share the assessments conducted on different topics.

The event was successful, with active participation from all parties, and agreed action points were established. MWA members will send the year-5 plan soon. Both program and finance focal persons participated in the event, and the reflection of the year-4 review indicated that the progress so far is on track and encouraging.

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