Posted on August 13, 2019 by Lillian Holmes
|Authoring Organizations:||Pacific Institute|
|Consulting Organizations:||Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH|
|Last Updated||Aug 13, 2019|
Partnerships should set objectives that are transparent, objectively measurable, and can be tracked over time. Setting measurable goals helps to create and sustain momentum throughout the partnership by allowing partners to demonstrate progress while holding stakeholders accountable. Through good monitoring and evaluation, the partners can also redirect the project if the initial objectives prove inadequate. Finally, tracking progress can demonstrate the success of the partnership to a wider audience, engaging prospective partners or future funding.
Tracking measurable objectives over time allows partners to:
In Tanzania, Pangani Basin Water Board (PBWB) and Upper Kikuletwa Water User Association (WUA) – both members of the SUWAMA Usa River partnership – began conducting a water user permit inventory in the sub-catchment of Usa River in December 2017. The partners first identified 82 water users who were not yet in the PBWB’s database. All newly identified water users were informed about the annual fees and encouraged to become Water User Association (WUA) members. The exercise has been a huge success in terms of updating the Usa River basin database and increasing income from water fees through new membership. The inventory now serves as a baseline for water user demand in the sub-catchment and provides insight into current water challenges in this location.
The SUWAMA partnership has had a number of other successes including water source protection around the Teema Spring, which led to improved water quality and the creation of a water network for parts of the community that previously did not have water supply. Ultimately, none of these activities would have been possible without the water use inventory baseline.
The PBWB now intends to conduct a water inventory in other sub-catchments in Kikuletwa, and to capacitate the local water user association to ensure regular follow-up with water users.
Water Action Hub Staff
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