National Planning for Results Initiative

SWA has developed the National Planning for Results Initiative (NPRI) to catalyse the acceleration of WASH coverage in a small number of countries that lack strong and well performing sectors.


Strengthening WASH sector systems and developing the institutions to organize and oversee the delivery of services is therefore fundamental to improving sector performance and maximising the value for money of government and donor spending, and will be crucial in accelerating progress towards universal access to WASH.

Responding to demand from developing country partners, National Planning for Results Initiative (NPRI) brings together representatives from donor and developing country governments, and other sector partners, to support the constituent elements of an effective sector framework or planning process. These include political will, sector coordination, an overall strategy for sector development, and an institutional capability to monitor and respond to bottlenecks impeding effective performance.  NPRI increases the effectiveness of existing resources through pooled activity, drawing on the technical and human resources of SWA partners.

NPRI, provides a platform to:

• promote the adoption of Aid Effectiveness Principles leading to increased domestic WASH investment, increased donor flows through country systems, more effective use of all resources and enhanced sustainability of all services
• coordinate the expertise of SWA partners to strengthen national sector leadership and national  planning, budgeting and review processes to deliver better sector results
• document and share experience and good practice in improving aid effectiveness.


A number of documents providing more information on NPRI can be found below, these include:

2-Pager: An introductory note, to help SWA developing country partners explore whether taking part in SWA-NPRI is likely to be useful to their country.

Exploratory Dialogue Sequence: A detailed breakdown of the sequence of steps that countries taking part in NPRI are expected to undertake. This document can be useful to explore whether taking part in SWA-NPRI is likely to be useful to your country

Vision: Background information on NPRI, and a detailed overview of its objectives and principles.

FAQs: Answers to some frequently asked questions on NPRI.


Further details of how SWA partners are working together to strengthen country processes can be found in the related documents section