Stockholm World Water Week 2016



Event: WASHoholic Anonymous – Confessions of Failure and how to Reform

“$30 brings clean water a person” – The promise made by marketing departments of WASH implementers and accepted by donors and governments.  The truth is this may provide first time access to people but not sustainable services. The theoretical foundation for sustainability is established in the WASH Sustainability Charter but translating broad policy discussions into practice is proving difficult.

This seminar builds on the Agenda for Change initiative, the WASH Sustainability Forum and a workshop on Post Implementation Monitoring (PIM) where practitioners, funders and government debated obstacles to general uptake and scaling up of corrective actions to improve sector sustainability.

State and non-state WASH actors have project monitoring systems and tools that capture project implementation data to report against budgetary investments, fund raising and marketing. Fewer actors collect and share information on investments after the project ends. The concerns of WASH practitioners include: monitoring for sustainability is not budgeted; fear of reporting failure of services; and,, ambiguity about responsibility for corrective action.

Monitoring, reporting and greater transparency about failures and success after the project and support to governments to use this information will help keep our promise of universal access to WASH services by 2030.


“WASHoholic Anonymous – Confessions of Failure and how to Reform”


14:00 Welcome, Thilo Panzerbieter, Chariman of the German WASH Network

14:05 Setting the Scene: The Sustainability Crisis in the WASH Sector, Harold Lockwood (Aguaconsult)

Confessions of Failure

14:10  Implementing partner confessional: The sustainability challenge from a practitioner and donor perspective   Stephan Simon (Welthungerhilfe) and Christian Wiebe (Viva Con Agua)

14:20  Local government confessional: Are local governments fulfilling their role to ensure sustainable service delivery?   Aggrey Nayuhamya, Chairman of Kamwenge District Local Government              in Western Uganda

14:25  Research and learning confessional: The “Agenda for Change” – a good step into the right direction?   Dr. Patrick Moriarty (IRC)

14:30  Donor confessional: The “Sustainability Clause” – what it can do and what it cannot   Dick van Ginhoven (DGIS)

14:35  Question and Answers

Round Table Discussion

14: 40  Round table discussion on the following themes:

        • Monitoring
        • Financing
        • Governance

Reporting Back and Closure

15:10  Reporting back from tables

15:25  Main take-aways and wrap-up


SuSanA WG 10

SuSanA Working Group 10

The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) was co-convenor of the WASHoholics Seminar at the SWWW 2016. The SuSanA Working Group 10 Meeting continued and expanded the discussions of the seminar.



        • Working group renamed into “Operation, Maintenance and Sustainable Services”
        • New Co-Lead: Ajay Paul (Welthungerhilfe)

Next Steps:

        • Revision of the WG10 Factsheet and inclusion of the sustainable services dimension
        • Thematic Discussion Series foreseen end of 2016

Link to SuSanA

Link to the working group 10 section of the SuSanA homepage

Find here the official programme of the event

Organizers of the Event

Agenda for Change


Directorate-General for International Cooperation, The Netherlands (DGIS)

German Toilet Organization


Rural Water Supply Network

Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA)

Viva con Agua


Invited experts and speakers

Thilo Panzerbieter, German Toilet Organization (GTO)/ German WASH Network

Harold Lockwood,  Aguaconsult

Stephan Simon, Welthungerhilfe

Christian Wiebe, Viva Con Agua

Aggrey Nayuhamya, Chairman of Kamwenge District Local Government in Western Uganda

Dr. Patrick Moriarty, IRC

Dick van Ginhoven, DGIS

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