RFP: WASH Audit for Appropriateness and Impact
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RECAP, an London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) led initiative, aims to develop and field test a globally applicable, context-adaptable method for rapid, real-time auditing of the appropriateness and performance of humanitarian health, nutrition, WASH and protection responses, whether at the level of an overall crisis, or for specific humanitarian projects. In addition, it proposes to develop a data visualization platform that facilitates open sharing and action-oriented interpretation of performance data. The long-term strategic aims of Work Stream 1 of RECAP (WP1), in respect of the global humanitarian response system, are to make available information that enhances humanitarian actors’ ability to monitor and improve their decision-making and service delivery, and that promotes transparency, accountability and meaningful governance against recognised standards.
The work package addresses the relevant humanitarian sectoral mandates of (i) reducing crisis-attributable morbidity and mortality (health and nutrition and WASH sectors) and (ii) ensuring respect of rights, remedying violations and promoting respects for rights and the rule of law (protection sector). Conceptually, a humanitarian health, nutrition, WASH or protection project (or response, i.e. sum of all projects targeting a given crisis-affected population) will have a potential for fulfilling these mandates to the extent that its design is appropriate.
For the purpose appropriateness is defined as the combination of:
- a package of services that address objective needs and threats to public health or protection;
- a modality of delivery that reflects the context, enhances user acceptability and promotes sustainability where possible;
- a target beneficiary population that is clearly defined, sufficient and prioritised according to need.
A project or response’s potential impact is accordingly a function of its appropriateness. However, achieving this potential also requires high performance project / response delivery. For the purpose of WP1, we define performance as the extent to which project delivers a package of services that is
- realistically available to the stated target beneficiary population (e.g. geographically accessible; equipped with the right level of staff and resources);
- achieves high coverage (or utilization*); and
- features sufficient quality at the point of service delivery.
Availability, coverage and quality are multiplicative determinants of impact.