Water Journal : Water Journal September 2015
SEPTEMBER 2015 water 45 Feature article For implementing agencies these included: better planning and improved technical support to communities during and post- construction; developing flexible approaches to management based on community needs that clearly delineate responsibilities; and recognising and supporting the roles of key people and leadership within the communities. For government at sub-national level, the priorities are developing and resourcing critical links and supply chains between communities, ward councils and local level government, and clarifying the role of District and Provincial Government to provide effective WASH service delivery. At the national level, strong regulatory and technical oversight of the sector, political commitment and budgetary support (recognising the full life-cycle costs of WASH service delivery), and development of a national WASH management information system will all serve to support improved service delivery throughout PNG. Within all these actions, there is a need to ensure women play an active role in developing and managing service delivery and that greater attention is paid to understanding and responding to issues of marginalisation. With creation of the National WASH Policy and the proposal for establishing the National Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Authority, there are good prospects in PNG for achieving strong growth in rural WASH coverage. The WSP-sponsored study into what underpins sustainability in rural communities will help ensure that the coming wave of investment delivers long-term benefits for health and quality of life. WJ acknoWledgement The study team extends its thanks to the four non-government organisations that facilitated the community visits in the different provinces: Touching The Untouchables (TTU), Eastern Highlands Province; Child Fund, Central Province; Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), Morobe Province; and World Vision, Madang Province. The participation of these agencies and the willingness of their staff to share their knowledge and experience was central to making the study possible. the authors Matthew Bond (email: mattbond@fhdesigns. com.au) is an independent WASH consultant and a director of FH Designs. He has a PhD in Engineering and 20 years of development experience. Matt has worked in both the commercial development sector managing WASH projects and as a WASH consultant with international NGOs. Paul Tyndale-Biscoe (email: paultyndale@ fhdesigns.com.au) is an independent WASH consultant and a director of FH Designs. He holds a Masters Degree in Engineering (by research) and has nearly 30 years of professional experience, 18 in international development. For the past 10 years Paul has been consulting in WASH to a range of international NGOs, multi- and bi-lateral donors across Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Keryn Clark (email: email@example.com) has 20 years’ experience managing WASH, public health and women’s empowerment programs in fragile and conflict-afflicted countries in East Asia and Sub Saharan Africa. Until mid-2014 Keryn was the Program Director – WASH for DFAT in Timor-Leste. Keryn is currently undertaking a range of short-term consultancies including leading a study on the Sustainability of Rural Water and Sanitation in Papua New Guinea. Naomi Francis (email: naomif@student. unimelb.edu.au) is an Environmental Engineer, currently completing her PhD through the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne. Naomi’s research is focused on a community-based WASH program in Timor Leste. Recently Naomi led the field research for FH Designs’ study of WASH sustainability in PNG. Trevor Nott (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) is an independent WASH consultant with over 15 years’ overseas experience in the development sector working in Africa and Asia. For the last seven years Trevor has worked as a WASH consultant in PNG, and for the last three years as an advisor with the World Bank Global Water Practice. Karl Galing (email: email@example.com) is is a Water and Sanitation Specialist with the World Bank Global Water Practice – Water and Sanitation Program. He has more than 15 years’ experience in water resources management, urban and rural water and sanitation projects in the Philippines. Isabel Blackett (email: iblackett@worldbank. org) has over 20 years of experience in sanitation, including long-term assignments in Africa and East Asia for UNI CEF, DFID, KfW, the private sector, and other bilateral development agencies. She has worked as a Senior Sanitation Specialist in the World Bank Global Water Practice – Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) regional office in East Asia and the Pacific since 2005, focusing on the regional program, Indonesia, Timor-Leste and PNG, and also recently on the World Bank Global Water Practice emerging urban sanitation agenda. Leaking transmission pipe, Yoro community, Bogja District, Madang Province.
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