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Commitments from the 2014 High Level Meeting

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Progress Overview

Total: 12 Commitments

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Political Prioritization

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USAID will invest in a Sustainable WASH Knowledge Platform in support of sustainable sanitation and water for all.

2015
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Evidence Based Decision Making

Evidence

Milestones of Progress:

Initial design discussions underway, but platform has yet to be procured and launched



Steps Remaining to Fully Achieve:

Procure partner to implement the Sustainable WASH Knowledge Platform; Design and launch Sustainable WASH Knowledge Platfrom



Likely to Achieve for 2016?

Possible (with extra effort)


Influence of 2014 HLM on progress of commitment:

Some Influence

USAID will collaborate closely with donor colleagues, particularly DGIS and DfID, and with country partners in the design of this Platform.

2015
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National Planning Processes

Coordination and Alignment

Milestones of Progress:

Initial design discussions underway, but platform has yet to be procured and launched



Steps Remaining to Fully Achieve:

Procure partner to implement the Sustainable WASH Knowledge Platform; Engage in design discussion with governments, donors and development partners



Likely to Achieve for 2016?

Possible (with extra effort)


Influence of 2014 HLM on progress of commitment:

Some Influence

Consistent with its strategy, USAID will provide a minimum of 10 million people with sustainable access to improved water supply by 2018.

2015
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Political Prioritization

Financing

Milestones of Progress:

In FY14, USAID programming provided 3,437,446 people with access to improved water supply. Projecting outwards, these results indicate that the Agency is poised to exceed its target of reaching 10 million people with access to improved drinking water by 2018.



Steps Remaining to Fully Achieve:

USAID intends to continue programming at current levels through 2018 to meet the established target for drinking water supply.



Likely to Achieve for 2016?

Yes, likely


Influence of 2014 HLM on progress of commitment:

No Influence

By 2016, USAID commits to having emphasized sanitation programmeming planned or underway in 12 countries, allowing for robust results reporting, programme evaluations and contributions to global learning around sustainable sanitation.

2015
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Evidence Based Decision Making

Linking Monitoring to Planning

Milestones of Progress:

New contracts and awards with emphasized sanitation programming.



Steps Remaining to Fully Achieve:

Continued advocacy and involvement of HQ WASH team in USAID Mission program design.



Likely to Achieve for 2016?

Possible (with extra effort)


Influence of 2014 HLM on progress of commitment:

Some Influence

Through the Sustainable WASH Knowledge Platform, USAID commits to the development of a knowledge product, which will help inform the global community on issues of scale and sustainability of sanitation services.

2015
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Evidence Based Decision Making

Evidence

Milestones of Progress:

Sanitation webinar developed, and draft Sanitation Technical Note in preparaation.



Steps Remaining to Fully Achieve:

Publicly disseminate webinar and technical note



Likely to Achieve for 2016?

Yes, likely


Influence of 2014 HLM on progress of commitment:

Some Influence

USAID aims to provide a minimum of 6 million people with sustainable access to improved sanitation by 2018.

2015
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National Planning Processes

Policy and Plans

Milestones of Progress:

In FY14, USAID programming provided 1,762,951 people with access to improved sanitation. Projecting outwards, these results indicate that the Agency is poised to exceed its target of reaching 6 million people with access to improved sanitation by 2018.



Steps Remaining to Fully Achieve:

USAID intends to continue programming at current levels through 2018 to meet the established target for sanitation.



Likely to Achieve for 2016?

Yes, likely


Influence of 2014 HLM on progress of commitment:

No Influence

We have identified Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and South Sudan as priority countries for USAID WASH activities. Within these countries, we are applying criteria to guide targeting of activities toward the geographic areas of greatest health need.

2015
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Evidence Based Decision Making

Linking Monitoring to Planning

Milestones of Progress:

HQ WASH Staff and Mission WASH POCs in each priority country have actively coordinated on the design and targeting in all 6 of the identified priority countries for WASH activities. Future programming will be informed by this coordination and targeting.



Steps Remaining to Fully Achieve:

Finalize procurements in priority countries



Likely to Achieve for 2016?

Yes, likely


Influence of 2014 HLM on progress of commitment:

No Influence

USAID commits to increased work at internal, national and global levels to strengthen government ability to monitor and report progress.

2015
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Evidence Based Decision Making

National Monitoring Systems

Milestones of Progress:

Internally, USAID HQ is discussing the addition of new standard indicators to align with the SDGs that will be tracked across programming worldwide.



Steps Remaining to Fully Achieve:

Finalize new standard indicators upon completion of the SDG negotiation process. Ensure additional monitoring at programmatic level is in alignment with national frameworks.



Likely to Achieve for 2016?

Yes, likely


Influence of 2014 HLM on progress of commitment:

Some Influence

USAID commits to improved monitoring, evaluation and reporting of our own achievements – and failures – and to achieve a more effective feedback loop to improve our programmematic approaches.

2015
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Evidence Based Decision Making

Linking Monitoring to Planning

Milestones of Progress:

Since the HLM, a total of 14 performance and impact evaluations of USAID water programs have been conducted in compliance with the Agency



Steps Remaining to Fully Achieve:

Regarding monitoring, USAID HQ intends to develop more detailed guidance and check points to ensure sound data quality, and application of standard sector defintions to reported data. Regarding evaluation, the Agency intends to continue evaluating WASH activities in compliance with the Agency\'s Evaluation Policy, which stipulates that an activity must be evaluated if it includes an untested hypothesis and/or is above the average award size within a given Mission or Operating Unit\'s portfolio.



Likely to Achieve for 2016?

Yes, likely


Influence of 2014 HLM on progress of commitment:

No Influence

At the national levels, USAID will engage more directly in the national planning processes, including: JSRs, High Level Commitments Dialogues and other collaborative platforms. It will also seek ways to strengthen and link with national monitoring platforms.

2015
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Evidence Based Decision Making

National Monitoring Systems

Milestones of Progress:

Staff in priority countries under the Water and Development Strategy are encouraged to engage in national coordination platforms on WASH, including JSR, host-country government platforms and donor working groups. In addition, at the program level, USAID staff are beginning to sync data collected through program monitoring with national monitoring efforts.



Steps Remaining to Fully Achieve:

USAID HQ is committed to conducting field based trainings which, among other capacity development activities, will support participation of Mission staff in national planning processes.



Likely to Achieve for 2016?

Yes, likely


Influence of 2014 HLM on progress of commitment:

Some Influence

At the global level, USAID is committed to the harmonization of global monitoring platforms where they are in the best interest of the sector, and we will continue to support data collection and monitoring processes, such as the DHS, JMP and GLAAS.

2015
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Evidence Based Decision Making

Global Monitoring

Milestones of Progress:

USAID continues to lead on the DHS process. In addition, USAID provides support to the JMP, as the outcome data generated is of critical importance to the Agency



Steps Remaining to Fully Achieve:

Continued leadership on DHS, support to JMP, and inputs to GLAAS processes



Likely to Achieve for 2016?

Yes, likely


Influence of 2014 HLM on progress of commitment:

Some Influence

USAID is committed to making its nutrition initiatives more effective by integrating key hygiene actions (safe drinking water, hand-washing with soap, safe disposal of excreta, and food hygiene) as essential components in all its nutrition programmes. 

2015
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Political Prioritization

Visibility

Milestones of Progress:

Presently, USAID is integrating WASH and nutrition programming through ongoing activities managed by country Missions in the following countries: Mali, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Ghana, Senegal and Nepal. 



Steps Remaining to Fully Achieve:

WHO/UNICEF/USAID Joint Dcument on Integration of WASH in Nutrition Programs will be published in August 2014 and presented at Stockholm World Water Week.



Likely to Achieve for 2016?

Yes, likely


Influence of 2014 HLM on progress of commitment:

No Influence