Why is Harmonisation and Alignment difficult for donors? Lessons from the water sector

Briefing papers
January 2008
Katharina Welle, Alan Nicol and Frank van Steenbergen

• The Harmonisation and Alignment (H&A) agenda offers important opportunities for the water sector.

• The sector’s progress towards H&A remains piecemeal – with substantial differences between countries and within the water supply, water resources management and sanitation sub-sectors.

• Future efforts in H&A need to reach down to decentralised levels of government, in tandem with strengthening implementation capacity.

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