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1 Title of session Building Capacity in Liberias WASH Sector Christine Ochieng 30 May 2013

2 Liberia Monrovia Area: 111,369 sqkm / 43,000 sqm Population: 4.12 IMF Estimates GDP per capita: $374

3 Evolution of the Liberian WASH Sector Phase 1 Direct humanitarian support Phase 2 Post Conflict Support Phase 3 Development / Rehabilitation Support 2012 Civil crisis from years of war

4 Sector Actors and Key Plans Ministries: Public Works (lead) Health and Social Welfare Education Lands Mines & Energy Internal Affairs Corporation: Liberia Water and Sewer

5 Liberian training institutions and providers Civil society (NGOs, CBOs, FBOs, networks) Private sector Government of Liberia, Ministries, Agencies, Commissions, Corporations County and district authorities Enabling environment Institutional (organisational) Human (Individual) Media Technical capacities Water supply services Water quality analysis Hydrogeology & hydrology Excreta disposal Hygiene promotion Solid waste management Functional capacities Engagement in multi- stakeholder & cross-sectoral dialogue Analysis & visioning Formulation of policy, strategy & plans Budgeting & financial management Project management and implementation Monitoring & evaluation Stakeholders Liberia WASH sector capacity development overview Urban County cities/ towns Rural Supply Demand Short term - medium term - longer term Donors, UN Capacity Development Analytical Framework ( UNDP 2007 ) 5

6 Overview of Findings (Demand) Enabling Environment Active coordination structures Need to clarify WASH responsibilities in towns/cities outside Monrovia Regulatory framework not yet in place Institutional Capacities Lack of vehicles, computers, offices and major infrastructure gaps Poor pay, delays in payments to some county level staff Weak M& E systems Human Capacities Staff working with limited resources in challenging situations Significant skills gap between senior public officials and others below Inadequate numbers of staff at national and subnational level

7 Illustrating the findings National Water Resources Sanitation Board Min of Public Works Bureau of Comm. Services Min of Health and Social Welfare E&OH Division Min of Educ School Health Prog. - WASH Coordtor (15) -Pump Mechanic (15) -Social Worker (15) - County Health Sup. (15) - Env. Health Tech (40) -County Health Coor (15) County Education Officer (15) - WASH Supervisor - Social Worker Allocate in 136 districts - Env. Health Technicians (529) District Education Officer (136) WSS Commission County WASH Team District WASH Team - Water Engineer (15) - Port Health Off (15) - Water Qual. Tech (10)

8 University of Liberia - Engineering Broken drawing tables – students use a ruler and paper for technical drawings Upcoming library – there has been none up until now

9 Challenges in Supply of Capacity Higher education institutions were damaged in the war Too few instructional staff with correct qualifications Poor educational standard for students entering Engineering Imbalance between those in bachelors and technical vocational institutions

10 Unpacking the CD Plan Highlights The Plan includes a range of items capital, operational Is a component of the Sector Investment Plan (SIP) SIP and CD Plan cover entire cost of sector strategic plans 5 year horizon, costs $ 74m Implementing the plan

11 Responding to the CD Plan What models can we follow? What role will local and international training institutions play in this implementation? What can WSP/UNESCO-IHE do together?

12 Propositions Develop technical training institutions at county level to be able to train and provide mentoring support to the high numbers of professionals and technicians needed to implement sector plans. Long term partnering with international institutions, which can provide assistance to develop appropriate courses and systems to the (new) technical institutions and help to bring in the funding needed to rebuild.

13 Purpose of 5th Symposium Thank you for your attention. Christine Ochieng Water and Sanitation Program


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