Evaluation and strategic advice to the handpump project of St. Martin Foundation (Switzerland)

Since 1989, the project “Water is Life” in Otélé / Cameroon supported by its Swiss Partner (Foundation St. Martin) implemented 1,600 wells with handpumps for rural water supply. The project is involved in well construction and installation, production of components, maintenance and it has built up significant local capacity in terms of about 60 local employees of the project. The Foundation is convinced that the project needs to continuously adapt to the changing frame condition.

Country:

Cameroon

Project Period:

May-Sept 2017

Services Provided:

Assessment, Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Analysis of the project structure, administration and general approach of the project; recommendations for improvement

Name of Client:

Foundation St. Martin

Name of Staff involved and functions performed:

Project Manager, Evaluation expert: Dr. Hedi Feibel

Henry Akah: local water supply expert

Matthias Saladin: water supply expert

Bertha Camacho: expert on project evaluation and foundations

Description of the Project:

Services provided: Following some internal distortions and induced changes, Skat Consulting was requested to evaluate the organisation, administration, the specific project activities and the products in use (e.g. handpumps)

Objective: Based on the comprehensive evaluation develop recommendations for project optimisation and a future project strategy to ensure sustainable operation of the existing and new handpumps.

Activities: interviews with board members of the foundation, staff in Cameroon and local stakeholders, as well as visit of the local workshop, offices, successful / difficult well sites; assessment of the structure of the Foundation, project administration, organisational and legal structure of the project, responsibilities and decision making, working conditions (including salaries, social insurance etc.) in the Cameroonian context, technical and economic aspects, operation and management concept of the wells, cooperation options of the project, application of an integrated WASH concept, environmental aspects and finally project perspectives in the Cameroonian context with increasingly decentralised administrations and empowered councils.

Results: Comprehensive evaluation submitted to the Board Members as a basis for decision making and adaptation of the future strategy, including transparent cost analysis, involvement of councils, options for strengthening of know-how transfer and for cooperation with other projects and programs in Cameroon.