111. Sector Wide Approach (SWAp) in the Water Sector – Tools and Methods Series Reference Document N° 16

Sector-Wide Approaches (SWAp) have been implemented in the water sector in a number of countries, but there is little systematic summary of actual experience in doing so. Thus, there is a need for more systematic gathering and analysis of experience on the part of the African development Bank (AfDB), European Union (EU) and other donors on how to introduce and support this type of approach for the water sector. This study seeks to outline strategies and to identify lessons learnt in adopting sector approaches, based on seven case studies, with a focus on Africa. The study aims at: updating best practices on supporting water sector policy programmes; being a source of inspiration to those involved in moving external aid funding of water sector programmes towards more aligned sector approaches; providing a structure, tool and departure point for gathering experiences; providing an overview of options and steps for moving towards a sector approach; and, isolating factors, conditions and criteria that favour particular options and steps. It is hoped the study will: motivate the case study countries to improve sector performance based on the findings; encourage other countries to develop the sector approach based on the good lessons provided; inform development partners in their efforts to contribute to sector approaches in the water sector. (Link)

Buhl-Nielsen, E.; Martin-Hurtado, R.; Rao, K. P.; Vissier, B. V. 2014. Sector Wide Approach (SWAp) in the Water Sector – Tools and Methods Series Reference Document N° 16. European Commision, Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid. 94 p.


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