CMP news archive

Stories from the field, partners and media about CMP implementation and scaling-up.

New CMP Doctor (PhD)

Second CMP Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Candidate; Dr Fekadu Megersa, Oromia Regional Support Unit team member and a leader in the Making. 

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Community Managed Project (CMP) is our approach in Community Led Accelerated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (COWASH) project. Capacity Development is the pillar and cornerstone of our Project. This is no different when it comes to building the capacity of individual staff, partners or people in the academia in the wider Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Sector. A good example to note is the case story of the former Academician and the current Water Development Commission, Commissioner, Dr. Beshah Mogesse, who was a pioneer CMP assisted Doctor of Philosophy, (PhD).

Dr Fekadu Megersa is a valuable member of the COWASH Regional Support Unit team in Oromia and a second graduate in Doctor of Philosophy within COWASH. He works as Capacity Building Specialist. He is very talented and enthusiastic and hardworking COWASH RSU staff.  Some years back he got a chance to study in School of Economics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China for his PhD. At the time, he had not enough money for his studies, so he had to study and work simultaneously. However, he got strong support from his employee, Oromia Water Bureau, from his colleagues, friends and family. He feels everybody contributed to him and for his studies for which Dr Fekadu is humbly grateful and thankful. It took him 3 and half years, sleeping only few hours during night, and several short and expensive trips to China and finally he was able to present his dissertation on “Project Implementation Management Modalities, Households Tariff Contribution and Sustainability Outcomes of Rural Water Supply Services: Insights from Rural Areas in Ethiopia”. He got AAB score for his research from three professors. This is remarkable achievement in such circumstances.

Dr. Fekadu further succeeded to make his publication in one of the top ranked Journal list of SSCI (Social Science Citation Index). He did his study and research work outstandingly and was therefore awarded academic excellence award, not usual for foreign students. Due to his excellent performance, he was offered a post-doctorate job with good pay. Guess what? He declined this offer and decided to come back to his home country to work with COWASH in the Oromia Water Bureau. Unusual decision as in most cases these kinds of offers are hard to reject. But this young man decided to return back home and work for CMP, for his people with lots of new research and development ideas in his mind. How lucky COWASH is to get him back again.

As Fekadu’s dissertations focused on CMP, we have now a scientific research that proved CMP’s position on sustainability and ownership was correct from the beginning. According to the finding, it is scientifically proved that “The sustainability of water supply services can be maximized by using the Community Managed Project implementation modality in rural water supply implementation. Dr Fekadu’s study examined the impact of project implementation management approaches on the sustainability outcomes of rural water services in Ethiopia. He compared the sustainability between community managed projects, local government managed projects, and charity and non-governmental organizations managed projects. The result showed the existence of a significant difference in most of the sustainability variables among project implementation management modalities under the study. As to the findings, the community-managed project approach generated a relatively higher and statistically significant sustainability outcome as compared to the others. Overall, the key findings suggest that, in addition to demand-driven interventions, if the communities are empowered with the management and decision-making role of constructing their own water points, the benefits of continuous delivery and sustainability of services can be maximized. The main contributing factor for the sustainability was the ownership. Strong ownership comes when the community takes the responsibility for construction, project management, procurement and operation and maintenance from the beginning to the end of the project. Government’s role is devolved to facilitation and capacity building only.

In addition to the above, Dr Fekadu has prepared two other interesting articles. One is dealing about the factors affecting the willingness to pay and the other about financial sustainability. Stay tuned to know more about these later on.

He also shared his publication and dissertation review experience for international PHD and Masters Students of the school which is featured on the university website. You can also read more about his experience sharing by visiting this web site:

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MHM Assessment

Ms Atti Muriricho, COWASH Intern from the University of Copenhagen, completed her assessment of menstrual hygiene management in Ethiopia and in COWASH. Please read the nice report from here:

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First Ethiopian Water and Energy Week Papers

Ethiopian Water and Energy Week Papers published on COWASH web site

Please visit and investigate what was discussed during the three days on June 17-19, 2019

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Ramboll got new project in Ethiopia

Developing the infrastructure in Ethiopia's capital

Ramboll (Lead consultant for COWASH Federal Technical Assistance) will work with the Ethiopian authorities to develop a strategic infrastructure plan with a focus on sustainable development in the town of Addis Ababa.

The project, funded by the World Bank, is an example of a growing demand for sustainable planning services in developing countries.

Over the past decade, Ethiopia has seen great economic growth. An annual growth rate of about 10% on average which has led to increasing purchasing power in the country, a growing middle class and more cars in the streets of the capital Addis Ababa, a city of 4.5 million inhabitants. Consequently, the city is experiencing a sharp increase in air pollution and congestion on the roads putting a brake on productivity and hampering the economic growth. 

“It is a development that authorities in Addis Ababa want to reverse. They want sustainable growth, where the country's economic development goes hand-in-hand with consideration for the environment and climate change” says Jens Chr. Helbech Hede, Senior Director in Ramboll's Transport division with responsibility for international projects.

He elaborates: "Our experts should help local authorities develop a strategic infrastructure plan across all modes of transport, so there are more sustainable and low carbon alternatives to the car, for example metros and railways”

Ramboll is lead consultant on the project and the Smart Mobility division will assist in developing a demand-based transport model and coherent plan for future infrastructure projects in the city up to 2030.  The work will be done in a consortium with two Italian companies and a local subcontractor. The Consortium will assess the travel demand patterns and transport conditions in Addis Ababa to identify transport strategies for the city of Addis, test the alternatives and identify the best solution. Citizens and other stakeholders will be consulted during the entire development process of the plan through several workshops, public information sessions and the set-up of a project website.

Rising market in developing countries

The project is a concrete example of an increasing demand for sustainable engineering services in developing countries. Citizens in developing countries are more exposed to climate change, and to address that agenda they often enter into partnerships with development banks, such as the World Bank who can assist with the funding and knowledge needed to incorporate sustainability into the development projects.

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Borehole Rehabilitation Conference

Borehole Rehabilitation Conference
AUGUST 8, 2019
Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Recognising 2019 Menstrual Hygiene Management Day

Please find attached the COWASH’s Statement on the recognition of MHM day 2019

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New Post in IRC-Ethiopia

IRC-Ethiopia is seeking Research and Policy Advisor. Please download the post advertisement from here:

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Visit to Abichu Gnea Woreda

COWASH Ethiopia together with the Oromia Regional Support Unit, (RSU), hosted a successful field visit to Hanna Ojanperä, Team Leader, Horn of Africa, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. We also had the privilege to have the company of Ms. Marjaana Pekkola, Advisor, Water, Land Administration, Agricultural Growth, and Arto Valjas, Desk Officer, Trade and Development, from Embassy of Finland. We were thoroughly briefed on the Abichu Gnea WASH activities by the Woreda Officials. Read the whole story here:

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Personal Story, Bertukan

Story of Bertukan Asmamaw, COWASH Office Manager and Accountant

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Job vacancy open in IRC WASH


Interested in latrines and partnerships? IRC Ethiopia is seeking a facilitator who is passionate about sanitation

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