Updated: Monday 17 February 2014

MSF 6 completed successfully

The 6th Multi-stakeholders Forum (MSF) was held on 4 – 5 February 2014 in Ghion Hotel in Addis Ababa and had more than 200 participants from international, federal, regional, CSO, media, private sector and development partners’ stakeholders.

His Excellency, Ato Alemayehu Tegenu, the Minister of the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy, opening the event. Photo Ay Arto Suominen

The event was carried out in four plenary sessions and four parallel sessions. All parallel session results were reported in plenary sessions. The MSF 6 focused on the following 4 thematic areas:

1)    One WASH Coordination and leadership; This session included the presentations on the OWNP Operational Manual, WASH Social Assessment results and WASH Fiduciary Risk Assessment results

2)    Sustainable services of One WASH; This session included the presentations on the SNNPR and Oromia Self Supply Experience and Strategy, Self Supply Package and Rural Water Supply Operation and Maintenance Management Manual and Strategy

3)    One WASH Performance Monitoring: This session included the presentations on the ToR for the establishment of WSWG and Secretariat, WASH M&E MIS and Experience of Somali National WASH Inventory and WASH facility mapping

4)    Hygiene and Sanitation in One WASH; This session included the presentations on the Urban sanitation in One WASH, Institutional Sanitation in One WASH and Sanitation Marketing in One WASH

Presenters of the M&E session from the left: Kimmo Koivumaki. Mesfin Mulugeta and Tamene Hailu. The Plenary session was chaired by Dr. Samuel Godfrey on the left. Photo by Arto Suominen

Based on the outcomes from these four thematic sessions the following MSF Undertakings were presented:


  • Fiduciary Risk Mitigation Plan developed and the implementation of the plan commenced. The plan includes capacity building activities & systems that address the fiduciary risks mitigation.
  • One WASH bodies established according to the WIF, unique features and needs of the federal level, regions, zones and woredas with clear definition of roles and responsibilities with matching budget.
  • The capacity of the established bodies at all levels strengthened to implement One WASH.
  • Functional and financed Water Sector Working Group and Secretariat


  • Strategy on the financing and supply of the household level WASH facilities developed. It is expected that the strategy adequately addresses the coordination with other sectors such as agriculture and include the engagement and development of the enabling environment for the Micro-Finance Institutions and private sector in the actual implementation of the strategy.
  • Generic Rural Water Supply Operation and Maintenance Management Manual and Strategy developed. The manual and strategy are expected to be socially sensitive and especially addressing the roles and functions of women and people with disability in the actual use of the manual and implementation of the strategy.


  • The strategic plan on the updating of the National WASH Inventory database and finalization of the all-accessible WASH Management Information System developed and implemented. The strategic plan shall address the coordination and links with other relevant Management Information Systems and national institutions, enabling environment development, organizational arrangements and responsibilities, budgeting requirements, technology choice, horizontal and vertical data and information transfer, commercial or open source software selection, key performance indicator development, institutional memory and capacity building issues to effectively provide accurate and timely information of the WASH service provision to the planners and decision makers at all levels.


  • Integrated Urban Sanitation Strategy developed. The strategy shall define the scope of the intervention; address issues related to coordination among different actors at all levels and clarifies roles and responsibilities, create room for higher integration, harmonization and alignment of efforts. Develop and sign MOU between the relevant government institutions that have not signed the WASH MOU, shall take place for the sake of smooth implementation of the strategy. Development partners shall be expected to support the implementation of the strategy. 
  • Institutional WASH shall be mainstreamed in all programs, the standards set under the Institutional WASH manuals and OWNP helps smooth implementation and resources allocation. Budget should be allocated in line with the annual agreed plan at each level. Community will be also mobilized and encouraged wherever possible to contribute to the improvement of the access and utilization of Institutional WASH. Performance monitoring system and indicator developed and sector reports should capture the progress of Institutional WASH.  
  • Sanitation marketing shall be promoted, enabling environment created, support mechanism developed to strengthen the supply and demand for improved sanitation products ultimately to create the private sector to take up sanitation as a business. Different actors will be encouraged with the aim of sustaining the behavioral changes achieved at community level through CLTSH approach. The coordination among the traditional sector actors shall be strengthened for effective implementation and new sector actors such as the Micro finance Institutions, Small and Medium enterprises shall be encouraged to support private sectors those engaged in sanitation marketing.