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Rapporteur highlights from country-led and country-wide monitoring sessions

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By Angelica de Jesus, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre. Prepared for the Monitoring sustainable WASH service delivery symposium, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 9-11 April 2013.

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Rapporteur highlights from country-led and country-wide monitoring sessions

  1. 1. Rapporteur highlights:“Country-led & country-widemonitoring” sessions
  2. 2. Governments should take thelead“We talk about country-led monitoring BUT the governmentis really in the driver’s seat. They should be in charge. If yousurrender that, then you are surrendering you’re sovereignty.And to me, that is unacceptable”.
  3. 3. Don’t reinvent the wheel—buildon existing capacity“We need to build the capacity of different tiers ofgovernment. We need to empower them to play in thedifferent fields of monitoring.”
  4. 4. What about resources?“Monitoring is messy. It’s a messy, untidy landscape.”
  5. 5. Incentives and motivation“Too many cases focus on producing data but we are not ableto sensitize decision making and civil society when it comes tothe power of data and what you can do with it.”“Country-led monitoring can be called ‘government-led’, butwe are deliberately calling it ‘country-led’ to stress thateveryone has a role to play”.
  6. 6. Formalizing cooperation &communication“It’s not a matter of sophisticated or complex monitoringsystems. It’s a matter of cooperation.”
  7. 7. Build trust and keep corruptionin mind“Trust is an important statement in everything that we’rediscussing. But where did the word ‘corruption’ go in thissymposium? Corruption is not a single country issue but anoverall global issue.”
  8. 8. Think about the people“Involve all stakeholders, starting at the grassroots level.”“Think about the minorities – the hard-to-reach people – as afirst step of the monitoring process.”“We should remember that communities also play animportant role in monitoring. There should be a mechanismthat thinks about the users. We need to develop systems thatreduce the academic language so that monitoring data &systems can be understood and used by the communities.”
  9. 9. Monitoring is not a goal in itself“We need to invest in the right priorities, not just monitoring”“A good monitoring plan helps but it is only one part of servicedelivery.”
  10. 10. How can we take action?“Measuring functionality is a first step to triggering action.”
  11. 11. Thank you!
  12. 12. • What did you get out these sessions?Key lesson learned?• What do you think needs to happenin your country to take country-ledmonitoring forward?• What is your contribution to takingcountry-led monitoring forward?

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