The West Africa Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Initiative (WA-WASH) concentrates on several WASH issues including: sanitation coverage in rural settings, capacity building, management at different levels, knowledge sharing, and water delivery both for domestic and other uses, e.g. small irrigation in rural settings. The initiative, funded by USAID and coordinated by Florida International University (FIU) - leader of the Global Water for Sustainability (GLOWS) consortium, runs between 2011 and 2015 in Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, and Ghana. Partners are: Winrock International, WaterAid, CARE, the International Water Association (IWA), the Rainwater Harvesting Implementation Network (RAIN), the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, RWSN/SKAT, and Building Partnerships for Development (BPD). A select number of activities will be coordinated with UNICEF and local West African partners
28 Nov 13
IRC has published a research document on the cost, performance and regulation of water services in small towns, in Burkina Faso. This research applies the Life-Cycle Cost Approach and the Service Delivery Approach to assess and compare the cost and the performance of water services provided by network and hand pump in 6 small towns.
01 Nov 13
High coverage figures do not guarantee that citizens have reliable access to safe drinking water. In fact, there are often great disparities and seasonal fluctuations in services received. This is clearly apparent from results of the recent monitoring survey on current water service levels in Burkina's Sahel region.
22 Jul 13
Rural and semi-urban “communes”, or municipalities, need a framework to help them monitor public water services. The sector has identified the creation of such a framework as one of the priority actions for 2013 in the context of the National Water and Sanitation Programme (PNAEPA). The task is being supervised by the General Directorate for Water Resources, with the participation of several strategic sector stakeholders.
22 Apr 13
A new IRC- Triple-S/GLOWS/WA-WASH research paper analyses the absolute and relative value of each cost component of a water service (capital investment, operating costs, rehabilitation cost, support costs) and looks into each component's cost drivers.
23 Mar 12
On 7 March 2012, IRC and Florida International University (FIU), finalised the agreement to expand IRC’s work on sustainable service delivery into Burkina Faso under the USAID programme: West Africa Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Initiative (WA-WASH).