The 2014 WASH Sustainability Forum gathered over 150 attendees to continue discussions about WASH sector sustainability by focusing on practical tools and approaches. The conference report provides a summary of the key messages that emerged, recommendations, next steps, and participant feedback.
- Many sustainability tools are available for water, with far fewer focusing on sanitation or hygiene.
- Most water and sanitation tools are useful for advocacy, but their application does not necessarily result in direct action.
- Sustainability tools mirror the way WASH projects are too often funded and implemented: externally driven, short term, and with little country ownership or links to national systems.
- To improve cross-learning and encourage uptake of existing tools, tool owners should document the use of their tools and write up methodologies.
- Participant feedback indicated that the discussions focused on monitoring sustainability through the use of various tools, with little focus on how sustainability could actually be improved by doing things differently.