The implementation of W4L requires a well-balanced implementation approach to ensure that project objectives are reached within the specified timeframe and allocated resources. We have, therefore, set the following principles for ourselves (TAT) and for the overall programme:
Affordability, pricing, value for money of services provided
Value for Money is about obtaining the maximum benefit with the resources available:
- Economy – are the cost of inputs as low as we can get them, without compromising on quality?
- Efficiency – productivity (input/output) - how well does the process convert inputs to outputs?
- Effectiveness – to what extent do the outputs lead to the intended outcomes and impact?
- Equity – to what extent do investments promote equity?
Value for Money requires a delicate balance between economy, efficiency, effectiveness and equity.
We aim to foster a culture in which services provided are priced in a fair manner, covering costs and ensuring quality systems that are relatively low in terms of O&M and repair costs. To avoid purchasing items that are cheaper in purchase price but more expensive in terms of O&M, the programme will consider a “total cost of ownership” approach, taking into account the lifecycle costs of a product.
We will identify key human resources, organizational and institutional development gaps and align our capacity development activities accordingly. Our approach to project implementation is adapted towards gradual transfer of responsibilities and in parallel to capacity development.
Embedding in current legislation, guidelines and policies
We aim to embed our activities within the current legislation, guidelines and policies. As such, we see the TAT adopting national technical guidelines in steering the work of implementation partners.
Using existing system synergies that link to project activities
We will transparently inform other stakeholders about the programme, its activities, experiences gained, successes reached, but also dilemmas faced. We will identify activities of other programmes in the areas, in order to avoid unnecessary duplication. We will adopt an open dialogue with relevant stakeholders in order to learn from one another and search for synergies and added value for the region in which we operate.
Process facilitation approach
The approach to process facilitation will be through twinning, mentoring and on-the-job training of the seconded national staff members from the State Ministries or relevant Directorates with technical assistance at all levels. Therefore the emphasis will be on “learning by doing”.
Developing institutional capacity and strengthening the role of NGOs, CBOs, and WUCs is important in ensuring broader participation and commitment of the beneficiary communities.
Approach to fund management and procurement
Mott MacDonald manages various funds in South Sudan that combine innovative approaches to fund management with core capacity building of Government and other key stakeholders. Our fund management procedures are based on our experience managing funds such as the Capacity Building Trust Fund (CBTF) and the completed Basic Services Fund (BSF) in South Sudan, as well as other project funds in several countries. For more information see ‘Procurement’.