Monitoring, Verification and Evaluation Service Provider for the WASH Results Programme
2013 – 2018; Multi-Country; DFID
The UK Department for International Development (DFID) is working to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with progress on MDG7c, sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation, being critical to the achievement of these targets.
DFID has commissioned a portfolio of programmes, including a WASH Results Programme, which provides funding to deliver water, sanitation and hygiene services across 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The WASH Results programme employs an innovative finance mechanism following principles of ‘Payment by Results’whereby the three WASH suppliers will receive payment only upon independent verification of achieving a set of specific results packages agreed between each supplier and DFID.
The three WASH suppliers are committed to deliver water supply, sanitation and hygiene services before the end of December 2015 the MDG deadline. From 2016 onwards the commitments shift towards sustainability of these services i.e. continued access to water, sanitation and continued safe hygiene practices until the end of the programme in March 2018.
DFID have appointed a consortium led by Itad to provide the Monitoring, Verification and Evaluation (MVE) services related to the programme.
Together with our partners, OPM, IWEL and Ecorys, we have mobilised a team of highly respected and qualified international and local experts specialised in: water and sanitation; water governance and political economy; sustainability; impact and process evaluation; results-based payments and value for money.
The verification component follows a systems based approach: upon an initial audit of each WASH supplier’s monitoring and evaluation system, we design a tailored approach to verify the supplier’s delivery processes and audit their monitoring data provided for verification. Our core function is the verification of performance – did the supplier deliver what was promised? In addition, we provide an advisory function, flagging issues where the quality of delivery may impact on the future continuity of services. To deliver our verification services, Itad employs a lead verifier for each of the WASH suppliers, backed up by a team of country verification experts.
The evaluation component involves two types of evaluation: a process evaluation of the Value for Money and Results-based Financing mechanism employed in this programme, and a sustainability evaluation, which seeks to understand the determinants impacting on the sustained use of water supply and sanitation services delivered by this programme.Image © Access to Clean Drinking Water. Photo credit: Department for International Development / Rafiqur Rahman Raqu