The project is designed to respond to the combined risks of chronic malnutrition and poor access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services for local production, thereby contributing to improved food security, child health and reproductive and sexual health outcomes.
RiPPLE also tries to address the issue of limited capacity for local (woreda) level organizations to make improvements in WASH in their communities. National WASH targets have been set out in the government’s growth and transformation plan, but success depends on the capacity of Woreda WASH Teams (WWT) and other actors at the woreda level.
Experience shows that capacity building has had the best results when there is local ownership. However, currently woreda level organizations hardly have any opportunity to influence programs that aim to build their capacity. This is an important reason for failure in delivering WASH coverage and sustaining results in the WASH sector. RiPPLE therefore seeks to improve local ownership of capacity building services.