RFP for End of Programme Evaluation of the AKDN Comprehensive Sanitation Initiative

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Aga Khan Foundation
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The Aga Khan Foundation (India) (AKF (India)) is a member of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of 11 development agencies addressing the needs of poor and marginalized communities in more than thirty countries where it operates. Since 1978, it has operated in India, implementing programmes both directly and supporting work by other AKDN agencies and partners in both rural and urban areas. Active in six states, its multi-sector programmes include the creation of robust and vibrant community institutions, early childhood development, education, community health, livelihood improvement and agriculture development, skill development, and water and sanitation.


The AKDN Comprehensive Sanitation initiative is a five-year multi- state initiative to promote 100% access and use of improved sanitation facilities in AKDN’s programme geographies of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The programme intends to demonstrate a model that brings together the community, local government and school to improve sanitation access. for 100,000 households, wards in select locations as well as improved WASH access in 600 schools. The Initiative, led by the Foundation is jointly being implemented by The Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, AKRSP(I), and the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, AKAHI.

Till date, programme efforts have resulted in increased sanitation access and use for 120,000 households across 1000 villages/habitations of Bihar, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, including achievement of ODF status of 638 habitations. Technical assistance to help achieve ODF efforts is being extended in 8 districts, and these efforts have ensured that 6 blocks within these districts have achieved ODF status, with progress underway to achieve the rest in 2019. So far, 200 schools are also covered with the refurbishment /construction of WASH infrastructure to demonstrate gender sensitive, age appropriate and inclusive facilities with running water supply and proper operation and maintenance system. In 2017, AKDN also introduced a dedicated school hygiene education programme, aimed at building the capacity of government teachers to introduce hygiene education, to raise awareness and improved practices on key hygiene behaviours amongst children as well as to build the capacities of school management committee members to plan and prioritize WASH-in School. So far, the programme was implemented in 918 schools, and was successful in reaching out to approximately 140000 children. Now it is scaled up across 3000 schools, in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Bihar.  

Menstrual Hygiene Management is another core component of the Initiative, and over 25,000 women and girls have been supported and enabled to improve their knowledge and practice on Menstrual Hygiene. This is being done through the platform of over 471 adolescent girls and women groups which have been formed and promoted across intervention villages.

Under this initiative, the project teams are also working to demonstrate models for community sanitation in informal urban slum settlements in Patna city, Bihar. The Foundation has facilitated the construction of a ten-seater double story community toilet complex, in addition to facilitating repair work in other facilities. Today, the Foundation is also working to strengthen the capacities of Urban Local Bodies in Patna to deliver improved solid waste management services, while also building community awareness on waste management and segregation.

In 2018, AKF also embarked on a partnership with UNICEF in 5 districts of Uttar Pradesh to lend technical support to District governments to help achieve and sustain ODF status. A core objective of the partnership is to move towards district level ODF by strengthening district, block and GP level processes linked to planning, monitoring, capacity building and social behaviour change campaigns. Under the partnership, AKF is strengthening its engagement at the District and block level; and have helped established a robust system for monitoring. Teams have also helped districts to review and finalize their Annual Implementation Plans, and Social and behavior Change plans, as well as supported specific capacity building initiatives around behavior change communication and community led total sanitation campaigns, and are providing routine feedback and observations on the status, and functionality of household, school, Anganwadi and Healthcare facility toilets, including developing incremental plans for development.


The evaluation of the AKDN Sanitation Initiative is to provide the AKDN agencies with an independent and forward-looking perspective in terms of achievements, challenges and opportunities. The purpose of undertaking this end-of-programme evaluation of the sanitation initiative is also to assess to what extent the overall support provided by AKDN Sanitation initiative to SBM are relevant, effective, and sustainable, and overall changes made from the project implemented. What will be learned from the evaluation findings are expected to play an instrumental role in informing decisions of the AKDN agencies in the next phase of programme planning.


The assessment will be based on a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods. The evaluation agency will be responsible for the overall design of the study, sampling, development of data collection instruments, data collection, entry and analysis, and report writing and brief development for the study. As outlined above, AKF through its mobile monitoring tool, Akvo flow has captured information for over 100,000 families, including going back to a little over 3000 households to monitor status of facilities and assess usage patterns. It is envisaged that this analysis that is available with AKF, will be factored into the evaluation report, especially when reporting on usage of facilities, and commenting on the existing status of infrastructure. In addition, it is expected that voices and experiences from key stakeholders including the AKDN core team involved in implementation, as well as key officials at the State, District and block are also captured during the evaluation study to further understand the evaluation of the project, and comment on its trajectory over the years.  

Key deliverables

  • Inception Report
  • Data collection and entry
  • Draft Report
  • Final Report

Expertise requirements/Selection criteria

Aga Khan Foundation will consider agencies/team of experts who bring demonstrated experience of undertaking similar evaluations in the past, especially in WASH. The agency’s team capacity to take up assignment of this scale and nature will be other key considerations 


Job Email id: akfindia(at)akdn.org

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