Monitoring & Evaluation

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M&E in the water supply and sanitation sector in Nigeria is weak. This makes it extremely difficult to make sound decisions about where to invest resources to improve service delivery. Evidence-based decision making is essential so that the greatest number of water users benefit from a well planned and efficient water supply and sanitation facilities.

The UNICEF supported Water, Sanitation & Health Information Management System (WASHIMS) portal is a valuable way for water professionals to get vital information about the status of water and sanitation facilities in many Nigerian states. WSSSRP II supports the states carry out an inventory of WSS facilities using GPS to keep the database accurate.

In collaboration the World Bank Urban Water Sector Reform Project WSSSRP also provides support to the states for the implementation of a utility benchmarking system to inform the public about service performance. This is intended to act as an incentive to improve service delivery in larger towns.

WSSSRP II will build on phase one support to M&E in the FMWR and the six focal states, in particular:

• Review M&E at Federal level and identify the appropriate Department in the FMWR to host and manage the database for a national level M&E system, that is to be integrated with M&E systems in the focal states
• Support the implementation of an action plan to establish M&E systems and publish and disseminate sector status reports
• Develop and pilot community/LGA/State-based M&E systems that will be integrated with the national M&E system
• Train WSS staff at State, LGA and community levels in data collection, data analysis and reporting