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Sustainable WASH Systems (SWS)

About the Project

In 2016, LINC and a consortium of partners kicked off the USAID Sustainable WASH Systems (SWS) Learning Partnership, a $15.3 million effort to develop, test and document high-potential approaches to engaging local WASH systems across multiple countries and contexts. The overall goal of the initiative is to test different approaches leading to WASH interventions that are sustained by local stakeholders beyond the life of the project, and inform the design of future development assistance efforts in this sector. Under the overarching initiative led by the University of Colorado Boulder and lead learning partner Environmental Incentives (EI), LINC is supporting two activities:

  • In Cambodia, LINC is working with WaterSHED Asia to facilitate a multi-year collective impact initiative to embed systems-based design, monitoring and evaluation practices into Cambodia’s water and sanitation sector.
  • In Ethiopia and Uganda, LINC is conducting multiple Organizational Network Analyses (ONAs) alongside partners IRC Netherlands and Tetra Tech to facilitate local Learning Alliances to understand local water and sanitation networks and design appropriate systems strengthening interventions.

LINC recently completed network analyses in Ethiopia and Cambodia. Read the research briefs and full reports at the links below:

Consortium partners identify and map out issues related to sustainability of WASH services in Ethiopia

Latest SWS News

LINC Shares Insights at 2018 AEA Conference
October 31, 2018
SWS Baseline Research Briefs: Initial Insights from Cambodia and Ethiopia
April 30, 2018
Truer Stakeholder Ownership of Data
January 2, 2018


The July 10, 2018 issue of USAID’s Water Currents newsletter, dedicated to “WASH and the Systems Systems Approach” features several examples of LINC’s work under SWS and other projects.  This includes our work applying systems mapping, network analysis and collective action to complex WASH problems, as well as resources such as our Systems Thinking User’s Guide and Systems White Paper to assist practitioners to apply this approaches. Learn more.

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