Evaluating the GIZ Programme on Sustainable Sanitation

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About 2.5 billion people are currently living with extremely poor or completely without sanitation. Those politically responsible are often neither interested in, nor aware of the scale of the problem. GIZ's Sustainable Sanitation Programme that has been implemented since 2001 aims to contribute to the overall goal of increased access to sanitation worldwide. Its work involves providing organisational and technical advice to institutions and service providers as well as developing sustainable sanitation strategies and standards.

As co-founder as well as host of the secretariat and website of the international Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) the GIZ programme further aims to disseminate knowledge, raise public awareness and influence the international political agenda on sustainable sanitation. In its work, the GIZ programme is guided by the SuSanA sustainability criteria, requiring that sanitation systems must not only protect human health, be economically affordable, socially acceptable and technically and institutionally appropriate; they should also protect the environment and natural resources.

adelphi was commissioned to evaluate the current three-year phase of the sector programme, including its three main lines of action: (1) support services for bilateral cooperation programmes on sustainable sanitation, (2) function as secretariat of SuSanA and knowledge hub on sustainable sanitation (3) raise political awareness on the topic. Within the framework of this assignment, adelphi assessed documents and communication material and social media presence of the programme and carried out interviews with the GIZ team and key stakeholders.

Based on these data and information adelphi

  • evaluated the GIZ programme according to the OECD-DAC evaluation criteria: relevance, effectiveness, impact, efficiency and sustainability
  • assessed the programme management based on CapacityWORKS success factors including: strategy, cooperation management, process structure, innovation and learning
  • formulated recommendations and prepared the proposal for the next phase of the programme.