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Common elements in sustainability frameworks

By Susan Davis, Executive Director, Improve International

This is a quick and dirty comparison of the major elements of several sustainability frameworks. The most common ones are economic/financial, environmental, institutional/governance, technical, and social. Less common elements are supply chain, management/maintenance, implementation, monitoring/knowledge, policy/legal. Other elements reflected in single frameworks included plans for expansion and equity.

Common elements of sustainability frameworks

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1 –  AGUASAN. (2012). 28th AGUASAN Workshop: Financial Sustainability of WASH Services.
2 – Pankhurst, H. (2013, April 9-11). Research exploring community-managed water and services.
3 – Danert, K. (2013). Global Monitoring Tools for Water and Sanitation. Skat Consulting.
4 – Kempes, M. (2013, April 9-11). Presentation: Sustainability Monitoring Framework.
5 – Fuentealba, R. (2011). Presentation: Sostenibilidad en Sistemas de Agua Potable Rural en Chile.
6 – Helvetas. (2013, April 10). Assessing the Sustainability of WASH Services.
7-  Harvey, P. (2013, April 9-11). Presentation: Applying Sustainability Analysis to Rural Water Services.
8 – Godfrey, S. v. (2013). Presentation: Sustainability Checks: five year annual sustainability audits of the water supply and ODF status in the One Million Initiative, Mozambique. Addis Ababa. At
9 – USAID. (2013, April 9-11). Advancing Sustainability of WASH Services within USAID.
10 – WaterAid. (2011). Sustainability Framework.
11 – Water & Sanitation Programme. (2008). Guidelines for Assessing the Enabling Environment Conditions for Large Scale, Effective and Sustainable Handwashing with Soap Projects.

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