35. Sector Learning and Adaptive Management – Briefing Note, Building Blocks for Sustainability Series

This briefing series was developed under International Water and Sanitation Centre’s Triple-S project. It is intended as a resource for people who make decisions about rural water supply – financing, policy and programme design and implementation. It outlines the basic building blocks for sustainable delivery of water services – such as indicators and targets, aid harmonisation, and professionalisation of community management – and provides evidence and examples from actual practice. This brief is based on Triple-S experience in Ghana and Uganda as well as IRC’s broader work on sector learning. Complex water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) service delivery challenges transcend single organisations, projects or geographical areas; addressing them therefore requires learning that goes beyond individuals or organisations to encompass multiple actors working at multiple levels. Sector learning refers to the processes and mechanisms in place at sector level to ensure that actors are capable of jointly reflecting on current service delivery and identifying problems, developing solutions, and spreading successes. Sector learning goes hand in hand with adaptive management, a structured process of translating learning into action. (Link)


Van Soest, A.; Carriger, S.; Casella, D.; Wells, C. S. 2015. Sector Learning and Adaptive Management – Briefing Note, Building Blocks for Sustainability Series. IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, Triple-s. 8 p.

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