Research and learning partners are international organizations focused on a research and learning agenda with recognized water and sanitation technical and policy expertise and influence, and global and/or regional remit.
Research and learning partners are important because they provide and strengthen the knowledge and evidence-base for the WASH sector. They are committed to making existing information in the sector relevant to SWA, and available and accessible to other SWA partners. This helps to promote better evidence-based decision making within SWA and in the sector. Research and learning partners also commit to document SWA experiences and events such as the High Level Meetings (HLM) and the High Level Commitment Dialogue. They aim to document country support processes and the experiences of the NPRI. These partners play a key role to encourage the sharing of lessons learnt among SWA partners to support SWA goals. They also try to advocate for capacity development and funding for research and learning at the national level, making sure this area is included in national plans and HLM commitments.
Examples of the Research and Learning partners’ work in progress include: