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Type Report
Title From Selection to Implementation: Evaluation of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Programme’s Approach Towards the Ultra Poor
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Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2008
URL http://research.brac.net/reports/wash_new.pdf
Abstract
The recognition of the ultra poor segment in the society, and formulating specially targeted policies for them has been a major component of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme, which aims to provide universal access to safe water and sanitation facilities in the 150 intervention upazilas. This study aims to evaluate the level at which WASH interventions are reaching the poor. This implies looking at the selection process of ultra poor households and the nature and success of the different policies geared towards selected ultra poor households. To achieve that this study (i) evaluates the actual selection of ultra poor households by WASH area offices match to that of programme guidelines and (ii) describes the status of improvements in infrastructure related to water and sanitation in light of the poverty groups selected thus evaluates the effectiveness of the pro-poor policies of WASH. The sample size was 1200 households selected from three upazilas from three phases of the WASH programme. The study found that the field offices are not following guidelines for the selection of ultra poor households in 8-16 % of the cases. It was also found that the overall status of access to water was poor with ultra poor households sharing higher burdens of it. On the other hand WASH policies to ultra poor households in terms of providing access to safe sanitation facilities were found to be successful.

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