Lessons learned from a consortium model for rural WASH

Lessons learned from a consortium model for rural WASH

18 October 2016

The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) consortium in the Democratic Republic of Congo, led by Concern has been operational since 2013. This paper presents the lessons learned since its creation.

Consortia are becoming an increasingly common model for implementing WASH programmes. The DRC WASH Consortium led by Concern Worldwide is a consortium of five international NGOs in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This paper presents the lessons learned since the Consortium’s creation in 2013.

Strengths of the consortium model include: 

  • increased scale
  • capacity for research and learning
  • an innovative joint strategy to improve sustainability 
  • a credible image in the WASH sector and a positive influence on external stakeholders 
  • risk-sharing 

Challenges include:

  • the continuing logistical difficulties of implementation in rural DRC
  • previous experience of the member NGOs more focused on emergency WASH rather than development
  • the time needed to build relationships and communicate the Consortium approach

Key lessons for success

  • the importance of strong leadership by the Consortium Coordination Unit,
  • spotting ‘gaps’ in WASH  sector coordination and learning  to help position the Consortium at national level   

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Lessons learned from a consortium model for rural WASH

This paper discusses the strengthens and challenges that the consortium has faced since its inception.
  • Lessons learned from a consortium model for rural wash