This project seeks to support countries to implement the “shift” to climate-resilient WASH through support on climate risk analysis, integration of WASH into key national climate priorities (NAP, NDCs), and build capacity on the implementation of more resilient and sustainable services.
In terms of method, it sets out a coherent approach for supporting countries in strengthening the evidence base to inform the identification and prioritization of options for Climate Resilient WASH Programming. The approach is stepwise, commencing with a climate enabling environment assessment for WASH, that analyses climate and WASH policies and the climate financing landscape at the country level. A “Climate and Water Scarcity Task Force for WASH” is also proposed to be formed, to subsequently drive the development of a robust “Climate Rationale for WASH” for each recipient country. This is achieved through a “Climate and Water Scarcity Risk Assessment” and linked “Risk-Informed Bottleneck Analysis Tool - WASHBAT”. Through a multistakeholder dialogue, the WASH BAT has been developed and adapted to systematically assesses the enabling environment for WASH service delivery, by identifying and tracking the barriers to delivering sustainable and climate-resilient services at national, regional, service provider, and community levels. Following the development of the “Climate Rationale for WASH”, support is proposed to be extended for the preparation of high-quality climate financing proposals.
In the short run, this initiative seeks to focus on seven priority Country Offices to build their internal capacity and improve their programming approaches to make WASH climate-resilient.
Looking forward, this project is catalytic funding to kickstart the innovative programming approaching and operationalize key strategic partnerships over the next months for upscaling and “out-scaling” to reach many more countries during 2021 and the new Strategic Plan cycle 2022-2025.
In addition, it is expected that this project will prepare the sector’s ability to increase their “Green ODA” investments in WASH. Despite the fact that many of the climate change impacts are felt through water, investments in climate change adaptation in the WASH sector have been so far limited.