Proposal submitted to the Department for International Development (dfid) 2013-2017 June 2013

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DRC WASH Consortium Programme

submitted to

the Department for International Development (DFID)


June 2013


1Introduction 5

Vision, Mission and Values of the DRC WASH Consortium 5

1.1Context Overview 6

1.2Water Resources in the DRC 9

1.3Government Response 11

1.4Context Analysis 13

2The DRC WASH Consortium Strategy 16

3Theory of Change 24

3.1Logical Framework 33

3.2Improved Evidence Base for WASH Programmes 41

3.3Geographical Targeting 42

3.4Monitoring and Evaluation framework 42

3.5Gender and Equality 61

3.6Working with Government in the Decentralisation Process 62

3.7Linking Implementation and Coordination 65

3.8Working with Civil Society 68

3.9Climate and the Environment 69

3.10Exit Strategy 71

3.11Accountability 74

Community Level Accountability 74

Complaints Response Mechanisms in Communities 75

Information Sharing 76

Due Diligence 76

Monitoring and Evaluation 76

4Structure and Governance of the DRC WASH Consortium 77

5Value for Money 80

6Budget Narrative 88

Appendix One - Integrated Emergency Preparedness and Response to Cholera 90

Appendix Two - ACTED: Mapping through REACH 97

Appendix Three - ToR: COMBI adapted for WASH Resilience Programme in the DRC 99

Appendix Four - Catholic Relief Services (CRS): Arborloos 103

Appendix Five - Concern Worldwide: Sustainability of Supply chains: a study of hand pumps in rural DRC 110

Map of the Democratic Republic of the Congo


The DRC Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion (WASH) Consortium comprises five experienced international NGOs who, by drawing on global experience of quality WASH programmes and experience of working in consortia, aim to increase the coverage of sustainable water and sanitation provision in the DRC.
The Consortium members are: Action Against Hunger (ACF); Agence d'aide à la Coopération Technique et au Développement (ACTED); Catholic Relief Services (CRS); Concern Worldwide and Solidarités International. The DRC WASH Consortium secured the support of the Department for International Development (DFID) to fund a preparatory phase from May 2012 to March 2013. This proposal is submitted to DFID on behalf of the DRC WASH Consortium. The Consortium plans to become operational in 2013.

  • Vision, Mission and Values of the DRC WASH Consortium


    The vision of the DRC WASH Consortium is healthy, productive and self-reliant communities living in clean environments who, by participating in sustainable solutions to water, sanitation and hygiene services and leading this process, are catalysts for human development in DRC.


    The mission of the DRC WASH Consortium is to assist rural communities in the DRC to achieve sustainable improvements in their lives thereby building resilience of communities faced with high morbidity and mortality due to problems linked to barriers of access to potable water, poor sanitation and improved hygiene. This will be achieved by:

    • Increasing coverage of sustainable and improved water, sanitation and hygiene practices;

    • Promoting a process oriented approach for community adoption of safe hygiene and sanitation practices, characterised by standardised WASH interventions;

    • Developing comprehensive, context specific solutions which address sustainability issues;

    • Collaborating at micro, meso and macro levels - with communities, local governance structures; government institutions; public and private service providers to ensure sustainability, to share knowledge, information and learning; and to advocate for change.


    • Community empowerment and capacity building to ensure sustainability and build resilience.

    • Proactive approaches to address needs and gaps in the WASH sector.

    • Innovation to identify how best to deliver services to communities.

    • Supporting the development of national WASH standards.

    • Coordination, participation and planning through information management.

    • Accountability, Transparency and Professionalism between consortium members and stakeholders.

    • Efficiency and effectiveness of implementation to ensure value for money.

    • Good stewardship of resources entrusted to the consortium.

    • Respect for the environment.

    • Respect for gender and equality as drivers of the development process.

Given the size and complexity of the DRC as a country, the terms micro, meso and macro are described as follows:

  • Micro Level Change: Realising a set of immediate and direct benefits for targeted groups with the mobilisation, participation and engagement of immediate governance and government structures.

  • Meso Level Changes: Partnership with the responsible Territoire and Provincial authorities and /or other relevant structures to bring systemic change within an area to widen the reach of benefits but maintaining a focus on the final target group.

  • Macro Level Changes: Strengthening institutional arrangements (policies, legislation, institutions, programming) at national level in ways that can sustain improvements.

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