Effective Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services in Nigeria (E-WASH)

2018 - 2023 • RTI International, Research Triangle Institute

Purpose

Working with state water boards to deliver better urban services to the Nigerian people

Activities

In 2018, the U.S. Agency for International Development contracted us to implement the Effective Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services (E-WASH) program to improve the availability of clean water and sanitation in Nigeria’s poorest urban neighborhoods. We expect to improve water delivery to 500,000 households by boosting the productivity and efficiency of SWBs, many of which are balanced precariously between top-down government directives and an ongoing responsibility to deliver services to millions of customers.

With E-WASH, we are taking a four-pronged approach to improving the viability of SWBs. The components of this approach include:

(1) Working with state governments and SWBs to build common understanding via facilitated, mutually agreed-upon Service Improvement Plans (SIPs)
(2) Making SWBs financially and operationally viable through comprehensive technical assistance and by connecting them to private-sector actors and successful utility operators, thus securing long-term funding and investment options
(3) At the state level, facilitating the creation or strengthening of regulatory oversight that will improve SWB transparency and accountability
(4) Engaging with civil organizations as advocates, as well as the donor community, to measure and adapt E-WASH activities, based on knowledge sharing and continuous learning.

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Objectives

To improve the availability of clean water and sanitation in Nigeria’s poorest urban neighborhoods.

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Barbara Rossmiller
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Lauryn Marcus
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Marina Simic
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Capacity development Cities Enabling environment and institutional strengthening North America Peri-urban Political processes and institutional aspects Politicians and local decision makers Practitioners Public awareness, advocacy and civil society engagement Specific to one or several countries Sub-Saharan Africa United States government Urban (entire city) Urban informal settlements (slums)

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RTI International
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RTI International is an independent, nonprofit institute that provides research, development, and technical services to government and commercial clients worldwide. Our mission is to improve the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. RTI is the implementing partner of the Sanitation Technology Platform (STeP), funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). STeP helps transformative sanitation technologies reach the 4.5 billion people worldwide who don't have access to safely managed sanitation by de-risking and accelerating innovative sanitation solutions. We help partners - technology developers, commercial partners, and financing partners - develop strong business models, field test products in real-world contexts, and identify and nurture the partnerships needed to achieve impact. RTI also implements the Nigeria Effective Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (E-WASH) project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Under this project, we expect to improve water delivery to 500,000 households by boosting the productivity and efficiency of State Water Boards (SWBs). Read more on our project page.

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