ASHPP ready for Pillar II rollout

Six months gone, twelve to go. The 18-month cost-extension for the GSF-Funded Accelerated Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Programme (ASHPP) in Malawi has taken a definite shape, now that partners have vetted, perfected and endorsed the Sanitation Business Model.

This has happened courtesy of an orientation workshop on the Model which took place in Blantyre at Sunbird Mount Soche Hotel from 1st to 3rd June 2016. Forty-five people from the Executing Agency (EA), District Coordinating Teams (DCTs) and Sub-grantees (SGs) attended.

The workshop was co-facilitated by Plan International Malawi as the county’s GSF Programme EA, and A Self-Help Assistance Project (ASAP) and Design Management Consultants (DMC) who have formed an association to be sub-granted as a lead partner in implementing the Sanitation Business Model.

In brief, the Sanitation Business Model falls under Pillar II of the innovative, flexible and sustainable Three-Pillar approach which is the essence of ASHPP’s cost-extension. It is earmarked for implementation in six Traditional Authorities from the GSF impact districts to support people climb the sanitation ladder by accessing improved sanitation services. The model looks into issues of sanitation financing, private sector involvement, TA and District capacity development, as well as appropriate sanitation technology options suitable for different households.

The workshop was carried out to allow all partners to build a solid understanding of the Model and reach a consensus on its effective implementation in the communities with support from district leadership, the EA, sub-grantees and other stakeholders.

Furthermore, the workshop also sought to reinvigorate effective documentation and learning among partners to ensure that new lessons identified in the Three-Pillar Model are properly documented to induce progressive replication of best practices by all implementing partners within the programme.

Presentations during the workshop revolved around contextualizing the Three-Pillar approach within global development trends; clarifying the sanitation business model; sharing of experiences on rural sanitation financing; monitoring and evaluation; gender and inclusivity in sanitation programming; as well as documentation and learning. A lot of plenary discussions that ensued after each presentation ensured the workshop made rapid headway and achieved all its objectives in time.

At the moment, ASAP and DMC have already deployed District Facilitators in all the targeted districts and will soon start holding district orientation workshops. It is expected that community level activities including orientation for Community based Savings and Credit Institutions will start as early as July.

Speaking after the workshop, Team leader for ASAP and DMC MR. George Namizinga expressed their gladness for the warm welcome from the GSF family and promised to work hard to produce significant results as possible within the time available.

On behalf of all the partners, Nkhotakota District Environmental Health Officer Simon Ntopi assured Plan International Malawi that they will do everything possible to ensure that the programme is successful.

“DCTs will do the best to mobilize extension workers, chiefs and all people engaged to make the project successful. We will also work with SGs to ensure that everything that has been discussed gets done,” said Mr. Ntopi.