Hi WaterSHED friends and supporters,

We're happy to share some of our latest publications on:
  • leadership development in sanitation markets
  • estimating the economic benefits of market-based sanitation
  • reflections on the evolution of our market-building work

WaterSHED strengthens the rural Cambodian market for water, sanitation, and hygiene to make it more sustainable, inclusive, and efficient.

Civic Champions Leadership Program Evaluation
When we first introduced the Civic Champions leadership development program in 2013, we saw an extraordinary 400% increase in toilet sales. Since then, we have scaled it up significantly and implemented several design iterations. WaterAid Cambodia also successfully replicated the program in Kampong Chhnang province.

A worry with scaling up was that the effectiveness could be reduced, especially when scaling up with a cascade training model. However, a recent evaluation of the scaled-up program confirmed that it not only had a significant effect on toilet sales, but that this effect was sustained over time.

To learn more about how it worked and the factors that influenced the outcomes:

Read now: slide deck and poster presentation

To be published soon: full evaluation

Currently underway: Having confirmed the sustained impact of the Civic Champions leadership program at scale, we are now studying how participants achieve results. Specifically:
  1. evaluating the implementation, cost‐effectiveness, and impact against control communes
  2. cataloging strategies used by participants to increase sanitation coverage and assess variations in effectiveness
  3. assessing the lag effect, the dose‐response relationship, and the longitudinal coverage patterns

What’s a Toilet Worth Anyway?

It is widely accepted that improving sanitation creates economic value, which is typically estimated based on avoided health costs. We wanted to expand the way that this value is conceived and estimated, and also to bring in the question of efficiency when creating this value—a question that has largely been ignored.

“Estimating the Benefits of Market-Based Sanitation” finds that market-based sanitation is an approach that not only improves sanitation but also localizes the economic benefits and requires fewer resources. This paper provides a conceptual framework for estimating the economic value of different programmatic approaches.

Read now: paper and slide deck

To be published soon: Khmer language brief of the paper 
WaterSHED's Hands-Off Experience

Reflecting on 10 years of work, we explore how a commitment to working behind the scenes has informed strategic choices and ultimately allows a viable exit strategy. You can read about WaterSHED’s Hands-Off programming in a peer reviewed paper published by IRC, “Strengthening the sanitation market system: WaterSHED’s Hands-Off experience.”

Read now: paper
You can find all documents mentioned at watershedasia.org/research.
Last but not least, some news about recent partnerships and collaborations.
Systems Strengthening for Systems Strengtheners
WaterSHED is a new member of Agenda for Change, a consortium of organizations and donors committed to strengthening WASH systems. Agenda for Change is fostering a culture of working towards WASH services that last forever.
Follow Agenda for Change on Twitter @WASHstrong
Local Government Driving Change, Country Lab (Oct 2019)

When practitioners and donors think of the Cambodian WASH sector, they often recall the pioneering success in market development. We’re proud of our contribution, but progress could not have been sustained without a strong system, including a responsive local government. Our partners in rural government have played a quiet but critical role in bringing about substantial changes.

When we were asked to convene a workshop with the Gates Foundation in Siem Reap, we took the opportunity to highlight the extraordinary work being done by local actors building strong WASH systems, and to bring to life the challenges they face along the way. Read the highlights of the day and the reactions of local leaders.
Thanks for reading. Stay up on our publications, reflections, and events by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and our website. Questions? Email allyson [at] watershedasia [dot] org. 

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