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NGO partnerships and capacity development in the water sanitation and hygiene sector
The scope of the research covers partnerships with non-government organisations (NGOs) and effective ways to support capacity development in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector including engagement with local government and utilities. The primary focus of the research is on the contribution of NGOs to the WASH sector in our region; development of a strategic approach and mechanisms for involving NGOs in the WSI; and investigation into indicative capacity of NGOs to scale up WASH work, including potential investment options. Countries included in the study are Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Vanuatu and Vietnam. Regional investment options for Africa and South Asia were also included where they were mentioned by participating NGOs, but these have been omitted from the public report. The findings of the study are presented in three parts: Part 1 - Strategic Approach for NGO Engagement: Presents guiding principles to maximise the effectiveness of AusAID's engagement with NGOs, and includes recommended funding mechanisms. Part 2 - Review and Analysis by Country: Presents an analysis of the WASH country context, existing AusAID, NGO and WASH activity, opportunities for further NGO engagement and relevant funding mechanisms in the ten focus countries. Part 3 - Capacity Development and State/Local Government and Utility Partnerships: Presents an argument for why capacity development is a critical investment required in our region with lessons learned and four key recommendations in this area, as well as an analysis and preliminary scoping of how AusAID could support capacity development through state/local government and utility partnerships.