This policy brief summarizes the key findings from a multi-country sustainability assessment of rural water service delivery models conducted in 2016–17. This assessment used a case-study approach to identify good practices and challenges towards building sector capacity and strengthening sustainable service delivery models for rural areas. It does not focus on the critical planning, design, and implementation phase of developing rural water supply facilities, but rather analyzes the long-term ongoing service delivery approach for rural water.
The added value of this assessment lies in the development of a comprehensive analytical framework to analyze and operationalize a more sustainable service delivery approach for rural water supply. The assessment also documents a rich set of cases and good practices informing the global body of sector knowledge and identifies a set of policy recommendations to improve the sustainability of services depending on sector development stage and rural service delivery context.