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Water, sanitation and hygiene interventions in the pacific : defining, assessing and improving ‘sustainability’

journal contribution
posted on 2014-12-01, 00:00 authored by Matthew ClarkeMatthew Clarke, S Feeny, J Donnelly
Through the conduct of ex post evaluations, this article examines the impact of aid projects and programmes beyond the funding period in the water and sanitation sector, which, since the inclusion of hygiene, has recently become known as Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). The evaluations were conducted in rural areas of three Pacific countries: Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. This article argues that in assessing the lasting impact of community development projects (in this instance, WASH) the term benefit persistence better captures the wider scope of impact that a project might have on a community extending beyond the stated project goals and objectives. These ‘additional’ or unstated impacts can extend the benefit that aid projects can have. A number of areas that strengthen the likelihood of benefit persistence were also identified.

History

Journal

European Journal of Development Research

Volume

26

Issue

5

Pagination

692 - 706

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

Location

Basingstoke, England

ISSN

0957-8811

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2014, European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes