Governance challenges in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) service delivery are common across countries, but the solutions are not. Political economy analysis (PEA) is a tool that can help sector specialists to identify appropriate responses in a given context, designing and implementing approaches that ‘best fit’ existing institutional structures and incentives, rather than imposing an external model of best practice. Informed by PEA, context-specific responses have the potential to be both more efficient and more effective in increasing access to WASH services. This project briefing provides a number of recommendations for practitioners using PEA in the WASH sector, drawing on ODI research in Viet Nam and Sierra Leone.
Kooy, M.; Harris, D. Political economy analysis for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) service delivery. Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London, UK (2012) 4 pp. [ODI Project Briefing No. 77]