In collaboration with Hydroconseil, a French consulting firm that specializes in improving essential public services for low-income populations in developing countries, Aquaya will be conducting an evaluation of UNICEF programs implemented in Nigeria from 2014-2017. These programs were focused on improving rural water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and covered 19 of the 36 states of Nigeria. The main activities were the construction of new sanitation facilities, hygiene promotion (including Community Led Total Sanitation activities), and improving the enabling environment and advocacy.
The specific objectives of the evaluation include the following:
- To determine the impact of key WASH interventions on the sanitation and hygiene behavior of targeted clientele, including the consistent use of improved sanitation facilities, hand-washing practices, and the incidence of diarrheal disease among children under five;
- Analyze the extent to which and how the Program strategies, and UNICEF supporting activities in combination, have contributed to the observed changes in sanitation use, hygiene practice and the incidence of diarrheal disease;
- Analyze the extent to which the Program has contributed to improved economic opportunities for and empowerment of households and communities, in particular women;
- Identify strengths and weaknesses in Program implementation, with a focus on the main programmatic strategies used, partnerships, the use of evidence to improve Program performance and inform policy, and the cross-cutting issues of gender and the environment;
- Identify lessons that can be learnt for future implementation and scaling up.