The Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney 

(Type 2) Research: WRA140

Research Focus: Gender transformative social accountability for inclusive WASH

Locations: Bangladesh

Partner CSOs: World Vision Bangladesh 

Key Research Questions: 

  1. What are the institutional provisions for women and girl's participation in the rural WASH sector system in Bangladesh, and the extent of their participation?
  2. To what extent does social accountability result in gender and social inclusion in WASH?
  3. To what extent do changes in gender and social inclusion in the WASH sector resulting from social accountability, have flow on effects to gender transformation?
  4. How can social accountability strengthen capacity of CSOs, government and communities in planning, investing and delivering sustainable inclusive WASH? 

Research Description:

This research explores the contribution of social accountability to inclusive WASH, with a particular focus on improving levels of water service. 

The research contributes to World Vision Bangladesh’s implementation of Citizen Voice and Action, an approach which mobilises and equips citizens to monitor and advocate for the improvement of government services. 

Linked to Citizen Voice and Action implementation, the research provides learning in adaptive and iterative practice and assessment of outcomes of gender transformative social accountability.  Concepts of gender equality, social inclusion and gender transformation, together with institutional frameworks for WASH governance are explored in the context of Bangladesh rural water supply. 

Participatory action research, innovative use of systems thinking, political economy, together with mixed methods design, multi- actor perspectives and reflective CSO practice provide research findings for application in Bangladesh and more broadly.  Multiple pathways for research impact including production of a range of research publications respond to different end-user needs and promotion of local leadership for gender transformative social accountability through ISF-UTS regional and international WASH networks. 

“This research provides an important opportunity to contribute to theory and practice related to gender and social inclusion in social accountability and importantly contribute to strengthening sector systems in Bangladesh for improved levels of water service.”

- Dr Keren Winterford, Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney. 


Photo: World Vision Bangladesh/Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney

Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney
World Vision Bangladesh

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