The Total Sanitation and Sanitation Marketing project (TSSM), is an innovative initiative with the goal to generate sanitation demand at scale and increase the supply of sanitation products and services. The project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with WSP, is being implemented in Tanzania, India and Indonesia.
Today 2.6 billion people in poor countries lack access to hygienic sanitation services, a crisis that can affect women and girls disproportionately. TSSM's objectives are to increase access to hygienic sanitation and improved health for poor households and communities in rural villages, small towns and informal urban settlements. Additionally, the TSSM program will carry out a structured learning process to develop practical knowledge and tools for effective replication and scaling up of future programs in other countries to meet the Millennium Development Goals sanitation targets for 2015.
TSSM 6 Month Meeting Report
From May 22-25, 2007, the Global team met in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to evaluate progress of the first 6 months of the Program. The objectives of the meeting were to promote team building - especially for new team members who were not present in the start-up planning meeting; ensure that all participants have a common understanding of the overall activity and the implications of a learning project; review of country and global level workplans and budgets and progress to date; discuss lessons learned to date; ensure mutual learning between the Global Scaling Up project team and regional WSP-Africa sanitation efforts in other countries; discuss/share/learn/advice about sanitation marketing and total sanitation approaches as being applied in the various countries; review and discuss management challenges encountered during the first 6 months of the project; discuss the status of key deliverables at the country and HQ level; review the status of the impact evaluation and M&E system in each country; develop country and global level plans to document and disseminate learnings in a consistent, effective, and efficient way and; develop a plan for the next six months in the respective countries and at global level.
This meeting was hosted by Nathaniel Paynter, Country Task Manager for Tanzania and was facilitated by Michael Eldon. In attendance were WSP HQ core team, the Country Task managers for the TSSM Project and WSP staff from the African Regional team working on sanitation and hygiene. List of Paricipants. Over the duration of three days, discussions were held on the progress made during the previous six months, paying keen attention to those activities and milestones that were not yet achieved and brainstorming on how to address delays. Reviews were also done on the impact evaluation and the overall monitoring systems at the global and country level. During the last day, the HQ and field teams worked closely to review budgets, Project Implementation Plans, Milestones, Timelines and M&E activities; the products of those discussions wereworkplans for HQ and each of the countries for the next six months. The full two-day agenda and links to all presentations given at the Six Month Team Meeting are below.
Welcoming and General Reflections - Ede Ijjasz, Manager, WSP, and Mr. Piers Cross, Regional Team Leader for Africa, WSP Objectives Progress to Date, Areas Where We are Behind, Issues and Concerns, Lessons Learned.
- HQ Perspective - Eduardo Perez, Task Team Leader, WSP
- HP, India - Soma Ghosh, Country Task Manager for India, WSP, and Ajith Kumar, Operations Analyst, WSP
- MP, India - Soma Ghosh, Country Task Manager for India, WSP
- Indonesia - Nilanjana Mukherjee, Consultant, WSP
- Tanzania - Nat Paynter, Country Task Manager for Tanzania, WSP
Status Update on Impact Evaluation and Overall M&E System - Jack Molyneaux, Sr. M&E Specialist, WSP; Team Building Exercise - Effective Communications Sanitation Marketing: Training Presentation and the Power of Sanitation Marketing - Jacqueline Devine, Sr. Social Marketing Specialist, WSP; Sanitation Marketing: African Experience - Ousseynou Diop, Sr. Water and Sanitation Specialist, WSP
Wednesday, May 23
Total Sanitation Approach in India - Soma Ghosh, Country Task Manager for India, WSP; and Ajith Kumar, Operations Analyst, WSP; Integrating Total Sanitation and Sanitation Marketing Approaches in Indonesia - Nilanjana Mukherjee, Consultant, WSP; Team-building Exercise - Team Values
Thursday, May 24
Planning for the future; Working session to review of key project documents such as budgets, PIP, Milestones & Timeline and M&E activities.
- Six Month Workplan Presentation
- Wrapping up Session