Gap analysis & advocacy

What is it about?

A primary function of the WASH coordination unit is to use monitoring data to track, identify, and respond to identified gaps to improve the response. Once data from capacity mapping, needs assessment or response monitoring are compiled, the WASH coordination platform seeks to:

  • Examine the data against response requirement and objective as per the initial monitoring & analysis plan
  • Develop appropriate visualizations / infographics to identify and highlight gaps
  • Develop information products presenting response progress and gaps, and disseminate them as appropriate
  • Advocate to the relevant level/actor for the resolution of the observed gaps

One of the core functions of the WASH coordination platform as set up by the IASC is “To support robust advocacy”.  The WASH Cluster coordinator is often expected to be the spokesperson of the WASH sector, centralizing and prioritizing concerns from partners, and report them at a higher level, mostly to the Humanitarian Coordinator and Humanitarian Country team through UNICEF. 


What are the objectives?

  • To provide humanitarian actors with the evidence they need to take operational and strategic decisions and adapt short and long-term strategies 
  • Consolidates and reports concerns preventing a timely and quality implementation of the WASH sector response and ensure issues are addressed by relevant actors

At least, you should do…

 GWC Minimum Requirements for coordination
  • Analysis highlighting geographic or programmatic gaps is regularly updated, easily accessible, and discussed during coordination meetings.
  • Regular communication / information products are distributed covering:
    • tracking of progress against strategic plan / indicators;
    • tracking of funding status of overall cluster / sector;
    • Mechanism in place to monitor the quality of WASH services delivered to the affected population against established standards (relevance, reliability, safety and quantity of WASH services).
  • Critical WASH issues are identified and brought to the attention of relevant stakeholders.
  • Advocacy initiatives are undertaken when required to communicate these WASH issues to key stakeholders (for instance: HCT, Donors, CLA, Government).

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