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  1. DIM ASSESSMENT PRESENTATION OF FINDINGS Triple-S Uganda Presentation on outputs from DIM Assessment WATER SERVICES THAT LAST …1
  2. SUMMARY OF PRESENTATION 1. Objectives of the assessment 2. Methodology and scope 3. Key findings 4. Conclusions 5. Recommendations WATER SERVICES THAT LAST …2
  3. OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSESSMENT • Assess the extent to which district local governments and other sector stakeholders adhere to the DIM • Assess the extent to which DIM guidelines have been applied. • Identify critical factors that constrain or promote the effective use of DIM • Make recommendations on how the DIM could be used to improve rural water service delivery WATER SERVICES THAT LAST …3
  4. METHODOLOGY & SCOPE  Two districts covered (Lira and Kabalore) within TSU 6 & 2  The assessment was qualitative and relied on four broad categories of data collection.  A review of WASH sector documents and the DIM  Interviews with district and Sub County local government officials, Technical Support Unit officers, Umbrella organization staff, and NGOs.  Meeting with key persons from the MWE  Visits to water sources  Validation of preliminary findings with district level stakeholder WATER SERVICES THAT LAST …4
  5. KEY FINDINGS DIM provides a comprehensive overview of the workings of the WASH sector for stakeholders operating at various local government levels Dissemination, Accessibility and Knowledge  In adequate dissemination of the DIM to district stakeholders  Low level of awareness on DIM among NGO actors  Mechanism for orientation of new bearers in District water office??  Copy of the DIM was only found in one office during field work WATER SERVICES THAT LAST …5
  6. FINDINGS Usability  Most NGOs visited were not aware of DIM often using their own guidelines  The DIM is bulky & includes sections that are hardly referred to & Outdated e.g. the OP 5, O&M framework yet to be updated  New developments such as Umbrella Orgs & WSDFs not captured  No requirement to comply – Adherence seen as optional WATER SERVICES THAT LAST …6
  7. FINDINGS Commonly used sections of the DIM  The Rural Water and Sanitation Operation Plan 2002-2007 (OP5) which sets out the critical requirements to be met by communities  A National Framework for Operation and Maintenance  The Software Steps  The Hygiene and Sanitation Steps.  The Extension Workers Handbook (Volume 1 Community Management)  The Technology Development Handbook WATER SERVICES THAT LAST …7
  8. FINDINGS Sections put to limited use  Legal, policy and institutional framework  Cross-cutting sections of the DIM, especially; Water Sector Gender strategy  The Water and Sanitation Sector HIV/AIDS Strategy; and the Environmental Mainstreaming Template perceived to be complicated and difficult to apply in the field.  Procurement and contract management sections. Guidelines are provided, reviewed and updated by PPDA)  The Planning, M&E and data collection tool is also not used- a new tool. WATER SERVICES THAT LAST …8
  9. FINDINGS Relevance DIM is relevant though its potential has not been adequately explored and some sections are outdated. “Described as a bible for the sector in Uganda” Effectiveness Though comprehensive in content, the DIM does not pass as a quick reference tool & yet houses major sector strategies Access to internet in districts limits use of a number of sections in the DIM There is need to simply the document for easier reference WATER SERVICES THAT LAST …9
  10. CONCLUSION  The DIM is an important sector document that provides a good overview of WASH sector guidelines under one package. The dynamism within the sector and the on-going sector review processes (CBMS, O&M frame work) will warrant review of the DIM for it to keep-up with developments in the sector.  The potential of the DIM in its current state has not been exploited. Improving its dissemination and enforcement can still contribute to improvement in WASH service delivery WATER SERVICES THAT LAST …10
  11. RECOMENDATIONS Short term recommendations • Simplify the most commonly used sections of the DIM; Software steps, O&M frame work into Illustrative and easy to use products. • Disseminate simplified products using the UWASNET structures TSUs, & District Water Offices • Use the DWSCCs to monitor how stakeholders adhere to important sections such as; software steps, O&M framework Long term recommendation • Consider updating the DIM with recent developments in the rural water sector (WSDFs, Umbrella Organizations, revised O&M framework) WATER SERVICES THAT LAST …11
  12. NEXT STEP • Triple-s proposes to work with the MWE & UWASNET to develop simplified products from the DIM (easy to use booklet & Illustrative posters) WATER SERVICES THAT LAST …12
  13. Thank you WATER SERVICES THAT LAST …13