The One WASH National Programme (OWNP) came into existence through a long process. The Programme is a result of a concerted effort by the Ethiopian government and its partners working in the sector. In the first two study sessions you have learned about the challenges that faced the WASH sector and about some of the policies, strategies and programmes that were developed in the 1990s and early 2000s and had begun to bring some improvements. These were the early stages of the process that led to the development of the OWNP. By the mid-2000s, the importance of cross-sector collaboration was increasingly being recognised and discussions were beginning about a new approach.
In this study session, you will learn about the main initiatives in both national and international arenas that have shaped the Programme in terms of its content, structure and implementation. You will be introduced to the major Programme implementation mechanisms and working documents, and therefore become acquainted with the evolution of the OWNP.