This is a series of blogs by the team verifying and evaluating DFID’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Results Programme.
By 2015 the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation will be halved (according to Millennium Development Goal 7c.) Yet, millions of people worldwide still lack access to improved water supply and the sanitation target is severely off track. The DFID Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) Results Programme aims to support poor people in 12 countries to access improved water and sanitation, and to introduce improved hygiene practices.
WASH Results uses a funding relationship known as Results Based Financing (RBF) where the funding goes from DFID (the commissioning agent) to a Supplier or Service Provider. RBF is a type of Payment by Results (PbR), a relatively new form of financing used by DFID that makes payments contingent on verification of the Supplier/Service Provider’s monitoring and reporting systems by an Independent Verifier. The e-Pact consortium is the Monitoring, Verification & Evaluation (MVE) services provider for WASH Results with Itad as the lead agency, joined by OPM, IWEL and Ecorys.