With expertise in the management, monitoring, design and evaluation of development programs, FH Designs‘ project work encompasses Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Gender and Social Inclusion (GeSI), Citizen’s Voice, Water Resource Management, HIV/AIDs, Energy and Infrastructure. We have extensive experience in the design and delivery of training programs, development of training materials and resources and facilitation, as well as conducting research studies.
A sample of the contracts and projects we have been involved with is shown below.
FH Designs plays an important role in Water for Women, the Australian Government’s flagship WASH program that is being delivered as part of Australia's aid program, investing AUD110.6 million from 2018 to 2025. Overall implementation for DFAT is managed by a Fund Coordinator team, for which FH Designs provides the WASH Specialist and Gender & Social Inclusion Specialist.
Plan Netherlands is one of three consortium partners implementing the Dutch funded €59 million Netherlands WASH SDG Programme (2017-2023). Plan is implementing programs in Indonesia, Nepal, Uganda, Ethiopia and Zambia and engaged FH Designs to provide M&E expertise. In 2018 FH Designs supported Plan M&E staff in all five countries to design processes to collect, analyse and document baseline data. FH Designs subsequently conducted the mid-term review of the WASH SDG Programme in 2020, and then the endline evaluation in 2023.
In conjunction with our consortium partners Griffin-NRM and Aid-IT, FH Designs has been engaged to manage the design of a new climate change program to be implemented as a collaboration between the Governments of Australia and PNG.
FH Designs was contracted by the World Bank to undertake a study to examine the key factors affecting the sustainability of rural WASH investments. In a country with limited data on WASH sustainability, the study has proved to be a valuable resource to guide the WASH policy and implementation strategies developed for PNG. The report produced for the study is available on the Resouces page.
DFAT’s CS WASH Fund was an A$103 million global program (2013 – 2018) that supported 13 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to implement 29 WASH projects in 19 countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific. It was designed to emphasise engagement with the WASH enabling environment and enhance the sustainability of the fund’s impacts, as well as having a strong focus on the cross-cutting themes of gender, disability & social inclusion (GeDSI), environment, climate change and disaster risk reduction (ECD) as well as knowledge and learning (K&L). FH Designs provided the WASH Specialist to the three-person M&E panel (the 'MERP') established to provide oversight and guidance to the Fund's recipient CSOs, manage the data emanating from the activities and provide feedback to DFAT. The Fund's theory of change (ToC) developed by the MERP provided coherence to the process and allowed the fund to be used as a broad learning platform for the sector. A journal paper published after the Fund's conclusion provides further details (see Resources page).
In 2012 Plan contracted FH Designs to conduct a study into the main factors affecting the sustainability of ODF status of households in villages triggered and certified ODF 2 or more years previously. Three research questions were defined as follows: