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As a global hub, MWA accelerates learning, evidence documentation, and effective models.

The MWA Global Accelerator serves  MWA members and the WASH sector by focusing on specific topics, gathering contextualized learning, and packaging messages to be actionable by government, donors, and implementers. The Global Accelerator focuses on six countries, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Guatemala, Honduras, and Madagascar, but the learning on these pages has been selected from global sources.

Below you can find links to specific topics that will take you to learning pages with information from  MWA programs and from our members and the WASH sector more broadly.


Collective Action Approaches

Published Paper (includes MWA Staff Contributors):

“Pathways for collaboratively strengthening water and sanitation systems,” Pugel, K., Javernick-Will, A., Peabody, S., Nyaga, C., Mussa, M., Mekonta, L., Dimtse, D., Watsisi, M., Buhungiro, E., Mulatu, T., Annis, J., Jordan, E., Sandifer, E., Linden, K., 2021. Pathways for collaboratively strengthening water and sanitation systems. Science of The Total Environment 149854.


2019 Blog post:

Blog: What are Collective Action Approaches Anyway?


Learning Papers


#1 Learning from Piloting Dispensers for Safe Water

#2 Partnership Development in an Alliance for Increased Impact

#3 Learning from Long-term Strategic Planning in a District



#1 The Kenya RAPID Project Facilitation Approach: Progress, Challenges and Lessons Learnt with County Governments



Using a District-Wide, Collective Action Approach

The Safe Water Strategy of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has been guiding teams of actors, such as government, NGOs and private sector entities, to do district-wide work using a collective action approach. The aim is to work together to achieve SDC 6.1 in selected districts in focus countries. Below is a set of papers developed by IRC WASH with support from MWA and other partners to demonstrate the approach and progress thus far.

People, Systems and Change: Harnessing the Power of Collective Action Through the Safe Water Strategy

#1 Working Together for Safe Water in Burkina Faso: the Journey so Far

#2 Working Together for Safe Water in Ethiopia: the Journey so Far

#3 Working Together for Safe Water in Ghana: the Journey so Far

#4 Working Together for Safe Water in Mali: the Journey so Far

#5 Working Together for Safe Water in Niger: the Journey so Far

#6 Working Together for Safe Water in Uganda: the Journey so Far


District WASH Master Plans

Dera Woreda WASH Strategic Plan – 2018


Position Papers

#1 PlanningDifferently-DevelopingWASHPlans-MillenniumWaterAlliance-2019

#2 Service delivery models for universal, safe and sustainable water services in Ethiopia

#3 Government-Led WASH Monitoring Systems

#4 Financing Universal, Safe and Sustainable Water Services in Ethiopia

#5 Capacity in the WASH Sector of Ethiopia

Blog: How to achieve the SDGs: A road map for strengthening WASH Systems  – Reviewing the purpose and process of MWA position paper development.


Self-Supply Resources

See this major 2018 evaluation of self-supply acceleration underway in Ethiopia, and a later blog by MWA and partners:

Self-supply End-line Evaluation

Self-supply in Ethiopia – Endline Briefing note -March2018

Blog: Moving Unsubsidized Self-supply Forward


Other Global WASH Publications

GLAAS Report

The United Nations and World Health Organization’s assessment of sanitation and drinking water conditions and programs


2013-2014 & Main Findings





UNICEF WASH Annual Report

UNICEF’s annual update on its global WASH program

Strategy – 2016-2030









Safeguarding the World’s Water

Annual report on USAID water sector activities (USAID renaming new editions of this publication beginning in 2019):








A Review of U.S. Efforts in Water and Sanitation

2011 Working paper by Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions on the U.S. Government’s WASH efforts.

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The Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005

Documents by other organizations analyzing implementation of the landmark 2005 legislation, amended in 2014 by passage of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act):

International Housing Coalition report – 2011

CARE/NRDC/WaterAid Report Card – 2012

NRDC, WaterAid, CARE et al. report – 2010



     A Silent Tsunami

2006 Aspen Institute and Nicholas         Institute report on water and sanitation challenges, goals, and solutions:

A Silent Tsunami – 2006

A Silent Tsunami Revisited – 2011


ONE Data Report – 2011

A statistical analysis of the G8 and EU’s development commitments to sub-Saharan Africa.

Interactive Data

PDF version of the report


Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review

USAID’s evaluation of global trends and U.S. responses in diplomacy and international development (Trump Administration not as yet producing one):




World Water Day Advocacy Guide

World Water Day’s guide to improving advocacy and action for water and food security.




Raising Clean Hands – UNICEF WASH in Schools

WASH in Schools is UNICEF’s effort to improve health, school attendance, and equality though improved water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities.

Joint Call to Action – 2010

Communications Strategy – 2010

Advancing Health, Learning and Equity through WASH in Schools -2012

Maintaining the Momentum: Advancing Health, Learning and Equity through WASH in Schools -2014


Global Waters – Archive

USAID’s update on several global WASH development projects.

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Collective Impact Study on MWA Ethiopia Program, 2004-2012 – Susan Davis, Improve International

Assesses whether, and how, the collaborative work under the MWA structure adds value to the process and outcomes of the program.

MWA Collective Impact Report External December 2013


WASH Fact Sheet- 2015

WASH is a Key Ingredient in Tackling
Poverty in Kenya- Global Waters Newsletter


WHO Achieving Quality Universal Health Coverage through Better Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services in Health Care Facilities

A Focus on Ethiopia- 2016


U.S. Government and multilateral WASH websites



U.S. Department of State

World Bank

UN Water

World Bank – Water and Sanitation Program (WSP)


WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program

World Water Day

Inter-American Development Bank


Member Sites

Action Against Hunger

CARE                                                                                  Catholic Relief Services

The Desert Research Institute (DRI)                El Porvenir

Food for the Hungry                                                   HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation.

IRC WASH                                                                        Living Water International

Pure Water for the World                                       Safe Water Network

Mortenson Center in Global Engineering     World Vision

WaterAid America                                                       Water4 Foundation

Water For People                                                         Water Mission International



 Technical Designs

WASH in Schools Monitoring Package – UNICEF

A resource for WASH and education professionals
designed to strengthen and improve program monitoring



A resource open to editing that includes technical and strategic approaches for water and sanitation projects


Water Point Mapper – WaterAid

A free tool designed for WASH organizations to produce
maps displaying the status and location of water services, incorporating GPS, Excel, and Google Earth software and designed for use in locations not connected to the internet


Rural Water Supply Network

The Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) is the global network of professionals and practitioners working to raise standards of knowledge and evidence, technical and professional competence, practice and policy in rural water supply and so fulfill the vision of sustainable rural water services for all



WHO and UNICEF have developed the Water and Sanitation for Health Facility Improvement Tool (WASH FIT) to assist facilities in systematically addressing risks associated with WASH and continually monitoring and improving services.