I spent two days last week at the annual Joint Water Sector Review meeting – the so-called “highlight” of the annual calendar of “dialogue”. This was the sixth such meeting to be held – and I have the “distinction” of having attended all of them. But as you can probably guess from the profusion of “inverted commas” in this paragraph, I’m having serious doubts about the whole exercise. Before I come to that, though, let me give you some background.
Around 250 people from the Ministry of Water, other related government ministries and agencies, the “development partners” and civil society all attended, in the workshop factory that is Ubungo Plaza. All the main stakeholders were there. Apart from water consumers that is, who are only represented in the sense that everyone consumes water. And those consumers (or perhaps I should call them citizens) weren’t represented by their official representatives either – no MPs or local councillors attend, with the exception of the Ministers officiating at the formal opening and closing sessions. We civil society folks had to take on that role. Continue reading →
Out of sight and out of mind? was Tanzania’s second annual water sector equity report, published in September 2009. I wrote most of the report, with the exception of the section on water resource management.
This time, the most interesting analysis was qualitative, looking to explain why district’s were targeting most of their water sector funding at relatively well-served communities. (This had been a major finding of the previous year’s report.) In particular, we looked at two wards in Nzega district, Mwakashanhala and Itobo, asking why Itobo, which already had reasonably good access to clean and safe water, continued to benefit from new funding, while Mwakashanhala, which had no improved waterpoints, didn’t get any funding. Continue reading →
This paper grew from what was originally a short sub-chapter on water, sanitation and hygiene in Tanzania for UNICEF’s Situation Analysis of Women and Children in Tanzania, 2009. It became a much more thorough analysis, turning into the most complete assessment of the sector that I’m aware of.
Unfortunately, though it was intended for publication by UNICEF, this has not yet happened. It now seems unlikely that it ever will be published, though the version linked above has been widely circulated in Tanzania.
I wrote this report (pdf) while working for WaterAid Tanzania in 2008, on behalf of the Tanzania Water and Sanitation Network (Tawasanet). It looks at equity in Tanzania’s water and sanitation sector, both as a concept (what is equity, how does it matter in the water sector, etc), and in practice (how equitable are budget allocations in the sector, etc.)
The analysis is wide and the findings are many, so let me just highlight a couple here.
First, we found clear evidence that district councils were targeting funding to rural communities that already had relatively good access to clean and safe water, overlooking areas that had little or no access. Continue reading →