The overarching findings from our project, ‘Amplifying local voices to reduce failure in the WASH sector’, have been published – click here to download them. This Research Brief was compiled collaboratively by the WASH Failures Team and the 108 Malawian, South African, Tanzanian and Zimbabwean WASH professionals who participated in the project. Briefs detailing how the findings apply to specific country contexts are coming soon!
Springer have begun publishing journal articles from the Environmental Health Insights Special Collection on ‘Learning from failure in environmental and health research’
The Water Youth Network (no affiliation to us) recently ran a competition to collect stories of WASH failure from young professionals and community members – read the five winners’ stories here!
Watch WASH Failures Team member Tendai Kativhu present the initial findings of our project, Amplifying local voices to reduce failure in the WASH sector at the Colorado WASH Symposium!
Becky and Dani published an editorial in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Trial and Error: Fail Fast, Fail Forward, Fail Openly: The Need to Share Failures in Development
Our co-founders (Dani, Becky and Esther) were interviewed on the Disasters Deconstructed podcast; listen to the episode: S3E8 Talking about Failure
Things can, and do, go wrong in water, sanitation and hygiene. In July 2018, an event at the Water Engineering Development Centre Conference in Nakuru, Kenya, “Blunders, Bloopers and Foul-ups: A WASH Game Show” inspired a call for WASH Professionals to publicly commit to sharing their failures and learning from one another. After months of iterations, including collecting feedback from the sector, we present to you:
The Nakuru Accord: failing better in the WASH sector
Transparency and accountability are necessary for achieving sustainable, positive impacts from water, sanitation and hygiene. As a WASH professional, I believe that we can achieve this through a culture of sharing and adaptation when things go wrong. To support this, I will:
- Promote a culture of sharing and learning that allows people to talk openly when things go wrong.
- Be fiercely transparent and hold myself accountable for my thinking, communication and action.
- Build flexibility into funding requests to allow for adaptation.
- Design long-term monitoring and evaluation that allows sustainability to be assessed.
- Design in sustainability by considering the whole life cycle.
- Actively seek feedback from all stakeholders, particularly end-users.
- Recognise that things go wrong, and willingly share these experiences, including information about contributing factors and possible solutions, in a productive way.
- Critically examine available evidence, recognising that not all evidence is created equal.
- Write and speak in plain language, especially when discussing what has gone wrong.
Please click here if you would like to sign The Nakuru Accord.
You can download a high resolution version of the Accord as a pdf or a png and stick it on your wall/door to spread the word and keep yourself accountable.
We also suggest adding to your email signature: I am a signatory to The Nakuru Accord: I believe that things can and do go wrong in WASH and I promote a culture of sharing and adaptation.
We’re excited to share that we have been awarded funding by the Royal Academy of Engineering for a project titled: “Amplifying local voices to reduce failure in the WASH sector”. The project began in October 2019 and is a collaboration between University of Leeds, University of KwaZulu-Natal, UNICEF Supply Division, National University of Science and Technology (Zimbabwe), University of Malawi Polytechnic, the MWANZA Centre (Tanzania), Cranfield University, York University, Imperial College London and Plymouth University.
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Individuals (294 – some individuals have asked us not to share their names here)
Lino Deng Akot
Dale Andreatta, Ph.D.
Richard G Baker
Dr Amita Bhakta
Marc Anthony Branch
Giorgio V. Brandolini
Colex Batison Chapendeka
Dr. Clément Cid
Blanca Rosa Garcia
Fredrick Owino Gudda
Leonel Alberto Guitian Berniser
Chilala H. Kapulu
Mohamed S Koroma
Dr Laura MacDonald
Rossanie Daudi Malolo
Margaret W. Maina
Mumba Matsautso S
Emmanuel Kwaw Mensah
Luis Fernando Perez Mercado
Ahmed Abib Mohumed
Rebecca J Morante
Kate Neely, PhD.
Carolyne Achieng Odero
Eng. James Otieno Ouma
Gloria D. Sclar
Santiago Septien Stringel
Kipsang A. Too
Emily Van Houweling
Hugh Sharma Waddington
Skangele Mary Zireva