Posted on 27/01/2016 by FANSA
Reviewing the SACOSAN V commitments was a good opportunity for all the key WASH stakeholders in Bhutan to review the progress made towards achieving the country’s sanitation goal. Whiles guidelines to assess progress made on SACOSAN V were succinct and detailed, the process were seen to be time consuming and cumbersome at least for Bhutan’s context. The following points highlight some of the learning points and issues encountered for this TLP exercise.
A government-led process
Unlike other countries, in Bhutan it was seen that the government was still a major actor and all activities related to sanitation and hygiene were government led with CSOs providing technical and logistical assistance. This scenario is set to remain same for some time to come given that there were few CSOs in WASH sector and the existing CSOs having very limited or taking no roles.
Weak participation of CSOs and agencies
There are few CSOs directly involved in the sanitation and hygiene related activities in Bhutan and when they do, they intervene at the local level rather than on nationwide coverage. Hence their participation was poor. Even some relevant agencies could not participate reasoning their insignificant role in WASH sector.
It was found that most of the documents or evidences required against each progress made were not documented or could not be produced. Most of the documents were not uploaded in websites or kept online and available documents were mostly in hard copies.
Short Timeframe for TLP exercise
With just a months’ time frame given to complete the whole exercise, it was found inadequate to complete the whole process smoothly. Even whilst Bhutan has very few officials in the WASH sector, contacting them and getting their attention was a challenge. This was due to their frequent travels from their office to field and busy schedule.