SolutionMUS water, health, livelihood and environment activities together result in

  • Greater return on investment
  • Enhanced sustainability
  • Increased economic, social and ecological resilience
  • Greater inclusiveness and empowerment





Impact Pathway

Outputs

  • Funds allocated for provision of integrated water services and benefit-enhancing programs
  • Appropriate technologies selected with cost-effectiveness in mind (for initial capital investment and O&M costs)

Outcomes

  • Higher income generated by water services used to support and expand water services
  • Lower household health-related expenditures due to less diarrhea and improved food security
  • Lower ongoing costs of water services due to efficient management models
  • Selection of locally appropriate technology to reduce failure rates

Impacts

  • Greater financial return from Multiple-Use Water Services versus single-use services
  • Indirect financial returns from increased household incomes, lowered health costs and preservation of ecosystem services
  • More sustainable impact per dollar spent

Outputs

  • Technologies/infrastructure providing water for multiple needs
  • People trained in water service management
  • Governance and management models in place to ensure sustainability of services and underlying water resources
  • People trained in sustainable management of resources and services
  • People trained through livelihoods programs

Outcomes

  • Greater ability and willingness of water users to pay for services
  • Decreased damage to water infrastructure caused by “illegal” or unplanned uses
  • More explicit investment in sustainability of water resources and ecosystems
  • Additional financial incentives to protect environmental quality
  • Increased adaptive capacity of water management groups
  • New and expanded livelihoods

Impacts

  • Water services maintained, repaired, upgraded and replaced, as needed
  • Water resources and water services sustainable over time
  • Income from new and expanded livelihoods invested in maintenance of water services

Outputs

  • People receiving sustainably managed multiple-use water services
  • People reached through livelihoods programs
  • People reached through health programs
  • People trained and equipped to monitor and protect environmental resources

Outcomes

  • Increased household income, more community assets and diversified livelihoods
  • Expanded businesses and higher yields
  • More household assets and savings
  • Better health including reduced disease burden
  • More time available for other productive, educational, leisure or civic activities
  • Protected water, soil, ecosystem services and biodiversity

Impacts

  • Greater ability to bounce back from social, economic and political shocks
  • Greater resilience to both cyclical and extreme climatic variability, including droughts and floods
  • Healthier ecosystems able to recover from human or weather-related stressors

Outputs

  • Water services designed with water users that meet their multiple needs
  • Mechanisms in place to manage water allocation and provide sustainable water services for all
  • People from marginalized groups participate in water management groups, health programs, livelihoods associations and environmental stewardship committees
  • Upstream and downstream communities involved in water resource allocation process

Outcomes

  • More effective representation of needs of marginalized groups
  • Reduced water burden and improved physical safety of women
  • Reduced conflict between water user groups
  • New or expanded livelihood opportunities for vulnerable or excluded people

Impacts

  • Greater community equity and inclusiveness, especially for women and marginalized people
  • Greater social, political and economic empowerment for previously marginalized people

 

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