News.Dec 01, 2023

New version of the Country Implementation Guide for WASH

This guidance document was updated with a strong involvement of SIWI in collaboration with UNICEF through the Accountability for Sustainability programme. This new version took into consideration all the recommendations made by the global review of WASH BAT implementation and bring the climate risk perspective leading to a more resilient WASH sector.

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Alejandro Jiménez, PhD
Water and Sanitation
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Antoine Delepiere
Senior Programme Manager,
Water and Sanitation

The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Bottleneck Analysis Tool (WASH BAT) enables a systematic identification of factors (or ‘bottlenecks’) that prevent achievement of sustainable service delivery within national or sub-national WASH targets and helps stakeholders to define activities aimed at removing the root causes of these bottlenecks. A Climate Risk Informed WASH BAT section has been developed to help the WASH and climate sectors to look at the climate risks and resilient solutions for the sectors.   

WASH BAT has been designed as a sector tool for use by those responsible for WASH sector strengthening. It is an unbranded tool, for adoption by governments and development partners of any country. WASH BAT was created and developed by UNICEF with inputs from global sector partners. The online software version was developed by Community Systems Foundation. A helpdesk function for any questions is provided on the WASH BAT website 

This new version of the Guide aims to support resource people who are responsible for facilitating and organizing workshops about the application of the WASH BAT. They can ensure an effective outcome based on lessons learned from previous application, and also the climate change perspective (Climate Risk Informed WASH BAT).  

It guides each user to reflect on different elements, steps and preconditions required for a successful preparation and implementation of the entire process through a checklist of options.  

The Guide is also customizable to any given context. 

The scope of this Guide captures the steps required to be taken prior to the actual WASH BAT workshop and Climate Risk Informed WASH BAT, as well as those steps during and after it.  

A user manual and tutorial video are available here, for further understanding the tool. There is a Facilitators Page with additional training materials.