GOVERNMENT says monitoring and evaluation of national water supply and sanitation programs, and water resources development and management plays an important role in ensuring sustainable development in the Country.
Speaking at the first ever stakeholders consultative meeting on the development of the integrated management information system for the Ministry of water Development and Sanitation at Pamodzi hotel in Lusaka.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of water Development and Sanitation Mabvuto Sakala in a speech read on his behalf by Director Planning and Information Tobias Musonda, says the Ministry of water Development and Sanitation is in the process of developing an Integrated Management Information System in an effort to collect data, and in turn promote evidence based decision making.
Mr. Musonda said the role of the Ministry in providing water supply and Sanitation services and ensuring water resources management and development is critical in contributing to the country’s social economic development in line with it’s mandate.
He said over the years, monitoring and evaluation of these programs has faced challenges such as lack of an Integrated Management Information System to provide critical information for sound decision making.
He said despite the Ministry having developed a monitoring and evaluation framework aimed at facilitating the tracking of progress towards the attainment of the targets under the vision 2030, challenges are still being experienced on how to efficiently manage the growing amount of data ,inadequate data storage, data gaps in the subsectors under the Ministry, disparities in reporting, ineffective data analysis and lack of timely upto date information for decision making.
Mr. Musonda said once in place ,the integrated management information system will provide linkages with all the subsectors within the Ministry by integrating data on water resources management and development and water supply and Sanitation.