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Improve International’s WASH Donor Accountability Scorecard receives Civil Society Innovation Award

From left, Susan Davis, Improve International; Rachel Jolly, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Section, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT); Bronwyn Powell, Civil Society WASH Fund, Palladium Group

On March 6, 2018, Improve International’s submission, “Donor scorecard – encouraging follow-up and sharing results to keep the water flowing,” received a Civil Society Innovation Award (runner up). The purpose of the award is to highlight and showcase the innovative work of civil society organizations and non-government organizations in improving water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) service delivery and sustainability. The award is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and includes cash to implement the innovation as well as conference attendance for the organization’s representative.

“The panel felt that the donor scorecard demonstrated a new and thought-provoking innovation. Holding donors to account, and being able to compare the sustainability of interventions would be interesting to the sector and donors themselves (including DFAT). [T]he panel agreed that granting it recognition would help in exploring how, and if, it could be implemented and also spark debate.”  Watch the 3-minute video submission here or click below.

We love that a big donor thought it would be interesting to be held accountable!  We’ll be sharing more about the scorecard, including our scores for for a few top US donor organizations, soon.

The winner was WaterAid Cambodia (check out their “WASH IT” video here) and the other runner up was IDE Bangladesh. We are thrilled to be in such great company!

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