The overall objective of this study was to conduct an evaluation of Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Programme Phase I against programme goals. The overall objective of the Sustainability Check 2013 was to assess the change in sustainability of; (1) the new and rehabilitated water facilities, (2) sanitation infrastructure, (3) Micro-credit programme and, by doing so, prompt any necessary modifications in programme methodologies and practices to improve sustainability outcomes in the project ten towns in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The focus of the programme was; (i) to increase access for safe water and sanitation facilities in secondary towns, (ii) to support pro-poor water and sanitation investments in the secondary urban center in the Lake Victoria Basin, (iii) to build institutional and human resource capacities at local and regional levels for sustainability of improved water and sanitation services, (iv) to facilitate the benefits of upstream water sectors reforms to reach the local levels in participating urban centers, and (v) to reduce the negative environmental impacts of urbanization in the lake Victoria Basin. The results of evaluation helped quantify the sustainability of the programme together with its spillover effects and further identified success stories, challenges and recommendations for the programme. The programme was funded by Government of Netherlands to the tune of USD 40 million dollars and implemented United Nations Human Settlement Programme.
“Sustainable development, water, sanitation, health, education and micro-finance”