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The Knowledge Exchange in International Waters project provided catalytic support to advanced, interdisciplinary capacity development in transboundary water. Iwel worked with Chinese, Asian, and African water-related academic and decision-making organisations to provide technical support to the monitoring and evaluation (M&E). ​ Iwel was tasked with designing a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system, complete with defined standards, approaches, methods, tools and application plans. To enable this, key stakeholders were engaged in co-creating a Theory of Change to establish a shared understanding of how impact occurs. Iwel worked with the various partners to lead on this process and operationalised the M&E for the project.

2014 - 2016




Iwel carried out an in-depth review for the South African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat that covered the governance, financial, and institutional arrangements for water supply and sanitation. It also involved the development of a road-map for change that was utilised in national planning. Resources for capacity building and training within the programme were developed for future use. Iwel also captured examples of best practice of effective approaches to community participation and documented these.

2012 - 2016



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Iwel carried out a comprehensive lesson learning review on behalf of the African Development Bank. This included an analysis of thematic areas of operations and development of knowledge products of the African Water Facility (AWF). The review covered the AWF's work in water resources, agriculture, climate change, knowledge management, and monitoring and evaluation. The review enabled Iwel to assess the AWF's performance in the various water sectors and draw lessons for improving its impact towards achieving the Africa Water Vision 2025.

2014- 2015




Iwel conducted a Quality at Entry review, assessing the quality of a project at the time it enters the portfolio. The reviews were intended to inform management about the factors that affected quality in the periods preceding the reviews and to consider what additional initiatives may be needed to enhance quality moving forward. Iwel provided specialist expertise in the infrastructure and strategic planning aspects of the assignment, including dialogue and review of the water, energy, and roads departments, as well as agriculture and climate change.

2012 - 2013



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Iwel undertook a strategic evaluation to provide evidence of how effectively the Rural Water Supply & Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) is meeting its objectives. It also identified any shortcomings and made recommendations on how to best strengthen its future mode of operation. Iwel also assessed the specific contribution of the RWSSI trust fund and made recommendations to improve its focus, leveraging power, and visibility.

2011 - 2013




Iwel developed an enhanced monitoring and evaluation (M&E) toolkit for the Global Water Initiative (GWI) in West Africa. It looked specifically at the results of the initiative, taking into account stakeholder knowledge, attitudes, and practices. The M&E system included a results-based logical framework and Theory of Change and was subsequently adopted by the GWI country partners. ​ The following phases included operationalising the planning and delivery of M&E in each national project, developing an organisational information portal with database operating system to record and analyse results, and the preparation of associated training resources and delivery of workshops to ensure correct use of the M&E system.

2007 - 2013

Global Water Initiative

West Africa

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