World Water Week 2013

Seminar: Aid Effectiveness in WASH Relief to Development Transition

Short film of the Seminar

Summary of the Table Discussions

Summary – Table 1 I Kurzfilm 1

Summary – Table 2 I Kurzfilm 2

Summary – Table 3 I Kurzfilm 3

Table board results


The German WASH Network together with the Sanitation and Water for All Partnership (SWA), the German Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the United Nations Secretary General Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) jointly convened a seminar at Stockholm World Water Week 2013 titled “Aid Effectiveness in WASH Relief to Development Transition” on September 5.

The seminar discussed current barriers and possible actions toward smoother relief-to-development transition in the WASH sector – from the perspectives of governments, donors and NGOs. The transition from relief to development provides unique opportunities for promoting government leadership in the WASH sector, reforming service delivery institutions, aligning aid and building on service delivery capacity provided by NGOs during relief. Countries that seize these opportunities can increase their resilience to external shocks.

The seminar started with two presentations looking at opportunities and limits of humanitarian aid and on aid effectiveness in the WASH relief to development transition.

In a subsequent round of practitioner stories 5 case study examples have been presented focusing on:

  • The role of aid, its weaknesses and strengths in addressing systems, capacity and services during the transition in Liberia (WSP and Ministry of Public Works, Liberia),
  • How can NGOs in Myanmar help link community and government services to make aid delivery more efficient (Malteser International and Yangon City Development Committee, Myanmar)
  • Bridging the gap – transition development assistance (TDA) as an instrument to promote LRRD (BMZ)
  • New add modalities – Fixed Amount Reimbursement Agreements (FARA) and how they can be used to strengthen systems in the relief to development transition (USAID)
  • Bridging the flood while taking rural sanitation to scale in Pakistan (UNICEF)

After the practitioner stories the participants engaged in table discussions facilitated by sector experts and developed a list of strategic issues and actions to ensure that aid supports key components of the transition from relief to development. The results of the table discussions are summarized in three short films and the pdf presentation above.


Convened by

German WASH Network

Sanitation and Water for All


Co-convened by

Federal Foreign Office, Germany

Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation, Germany

United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation


Invited experts and presenters

Thilo Panzerbieter director, German Toilet Organization (GTO) and chair of the German WASH Network

Dr. Eltje Aderhold head of division for humanitarian assistance, Federal Foreign Office, Germany

Dominick de Waal senior economist, Water and Sanitation Program/ Worldbank (WSP)

George Yarngo Ministry of Public Works, Liberia

Muyatwa Sitali Water and Sanitation Program/ Worldbank (WSP)

Arno Coerver WASH coordinator Asia, Malteser International and member of German WASH Network

Myo Thein Yangon City Development Committee, Myanmar

Thomas Piesch head of division for recovery and rehabilitation, BMZ, Germany

Heather Skilling senior water and sanitation advisor, USAID

Simone Klawitter chief for water, sanitation and hygiene, UNICEF, Pakistan

Stefan Reuter director, Bremen Oversees Research and Development Association (BORDA) and member of the German WASH Network

Jens Bruns board of directors, Bremen Oversees Research and Development Association (BORDA) and member of the German WASH Network

Leveke Neumann water, energy, urban development geosector division, BMZ, Germany

Clare Battle policy analyst, WaterAid

Erma Uytewaal International Water and Sanitation Center (IRC)


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