Needs Assessment for MIS software completed

Coffey has been engaged by DFID to provide Technical and Managerial Support for Strengthening the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system of the OneWaSH National Programme (OWNP) in Ethiopia. Through an international tender for the procurement of a Management Information System (MIS), Synergy International Systems has been contracted for the design, development, implementation, testing, training, and knowledge transfer of a MIS application.

In April 2018, Synergy conducted a Needs Assessment in order to determine existing MIS and monitoring practices in the WaSH sector in Ethiopia, as well as to outline the gaps and risks of existing practices and to propose customised solutions through the new OneWaSH MIS. Synergy undertook consultations with key stakeholders, which included individual interviews with staff at the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity (MoWIE), Ministry of Education (MoE), Ministry of Health (MoH), Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MoFEC), and national consultants, as well as meetings with DFID and the World Bank. The Needs Assessment also captured existing business practices and the expectations and concerns of different ministries, and included field visits to Tigray and Gambella in order to undertake a detailed investigation on the existing processes and systems across the country.

As well as data and reports coming from the four WaSH sector ministries, the MIS will also include water scheme data from the National WaSH Inventory (NWI2), which will feed into the MIS after data is collected through the COSMOS mobile application, making it possible to collect data from rural areas, towns and directly from the communities using water schemes.

Following the completion of the Needs Assessment, Synergy has begun the next phase of MIS development: the system design and analysis. This includes the software design document development, the presentation and approval of a prototype, and the review and acceptance of the software design document.