A review of decision-making support tools in the water, sanitation, and hygiene sector

A review of decision-making support tools in the water, sanitation, and hygiene sector

Development of tools to support decision-making in the water, sanitation, and hygiene sector

The aim of this report is to aid the development of a decision-making support tool in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector that will serve practitioners seeking the best options to meet the needs of their communities.

To help develop this tool, the authors assessed 120 existing support resources in the WASH sector and identified the critical gaps in the content, design, and implementation of existing support resources. Having identified the gaps, the authors developed a framework to help guide:

  • practitioners in developing countries who need an effective decision-making support tool that will assist them in identifying, evaluating, and choosing an ecologically, economically and socially appropriate technology or approach that suits the conditions and needs of their environment
  • organisations and individuals invested in building the capacity of WASH practitioners that will ultimately help communities to make sustainable improvements to their water and sanitation systems.

The characteristics of an effective decision-making support tool should include elements necessary to:

  • implement a WASH project
  • serve multiple languages
  • be developed in both web and print form
  • include success stories, which would be complimented by a comprehensive and ongoing dissemination and support system.

This would help practitioners successfully and efficiently implement the appropriate strategies to meet the WASH needs of underserved areas around the world.

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