Addressing shared water risk in Tanzania with IWaSP
Since 2014, the International Water Stewardship Programme, implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit on behalf of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), is aiming to strengthen and support local partnerships between the private sector, public entities and civil society to address shared water risk. In Tanzania, Akvo is involved in IWaSP to pilot a web-based communication, monitoring and reporting system based on Akvo RSR, Akvo Flow and Akvo Lumen.
IWaSP Tanzania currently implements multiple partnerships that target joint water risk, from limited stakeholder engagement in water resource management to illegal abstractions, poor farming practices, and inadequate water supply. Working with multiple partners in different locations, effective communication is key to tracking each other’s activities and progress. Within IWaSP, there was a need for a system that would facilitate communications between the different partners at partnership level, while at the same time ensuring ownership. Capturing data and information for monitoring also required a data collection system that would enable partners to keep track of their actions and programme results.
IWaSP Tanzania International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP) Tanzania
Akvo was contracted by GIZ Tanzania to set up a web-based communication, monitoring and reporting platform to provide the IWaSP partners with an online space where they can collaborate, monitor their activities and keep track of each other’s work. By introducing this system, GIZ wants to create awareness amongst the IWaSP partners on the benefits of regularly sharing information and collecting data during programme implementation. Using RSR also ensures IATI compliance while enabling continuous monitoring of the partnership, thereby reducing the heavy reporting burden at the end of the year.
Since the implementation of Akvo tools within IWaSP, it has become much easier to get regular snapshots of what is going on in the field. Even though embedding Akvo’s tools sustainably in the partnership is a long term process, and not all partners consistently report in the monitoring framework, the partners who have been trained have responded positively and are starting to use the tools for surveys and project updates. Using Akvo’s tools and services has improved the quality of data and made the whole process of the project much more efficient, ensuring a return on investment.