• IQC for water project management

    IQC is a hands-on approach to improve Integrity, manage Quality, and ensure Compliance of small-scale WASH and WRM projects.

Many WASH and water resouces management (WRM) projects fail prematurely or remain unused because they are weakened by corruption, integrity issues, or poor planning. This must stop. Lives and our environment are at stake, as is the credibility of water sector organizations.

‘IQC is a simple, interactive and effective tool for project implementers’
-Paul Njuguna, consultant for the Siemens Stiftung’s Safe Water Enterprises in Kenya.

The IQC framework includes a set of simple project management tools and templates to address most common risks. These are inspired by international project management standards but designed specifically for use on water projects with minimal resources.


  • Are you planning or managing a WASH or WRM project?
  • Are you developing a water point or establishing a water kiosk?
  • Do you oversee the water and sanitation project portfolio in a development organization?

Use IQC to:

  • Introduce simple project management processes to develop more effective and sustainable water projects
  • Gain trust from partners and funders and improve working relationships with government stakeholders
  • Limit losses to corruption or poor integrity

The IQC approach is meant to help identify and solve integrity, quality and compliance issues specifically related to project planning, implementation, and management.

Many organizations face more systematic integrity risks at organization level in accounting, human resources, and governance. The Integrity Management toolbox can help identify and mitigate such other risks.


IQC implementation revolves around IQC workshops: participative discussions on project practices and risks, which are used as a baseline to develop workable IQC tool implementation plans.


Discover IQC tools that could help strengthen your projects to achieve their goals.


IQC is an adaptable approach: the total resources required for implementation will depend on the capacities and ambitions of your organization. To be effective though, an IQC implementation process will require sufficient time from your team (to prepare and adapt the tool, to plan, manage and attend workshops) and imply a few direct workshop-related costs (materials, logistics, facilitation).


The IQC framework was originally developed by cewas and KEWASNET.

It is currently being used to track CSO activity in the water sector for the annual Kenya Water CSO performance report published by KEWASNET.

A range of organizations have also been trained on IQC and are initiating processes to manage their WASH and WRM projects more effectively, including: Kenya Water and Health Organization (KWAHO), the Umande Trust, Caritas Kenya, Catholic Relief Services, CESPAD, the Siemens Foundation  in Kenya, MSABI in Tanzania, Clearwater Farms in Zambia, SPOUTS of water in Uganda, Vetivier TT in Trinidad and Tobago, and CASSA in Guatemala.


The IQC framework  was developed and refined by the Kenya Water and Sanitation CSO Network (KEWASNET), cewas, and WIN on the basis of the IM toolbox.

It is the result of several field visits to project sites across Kenya, consultations and working sessions with a wide range of water sector stakeholders and desk research carried out between February and June 2015.

Thank you to the members of the Kenya WASH Alliance who helped develop and test the first version of the IQC framework, namely:

Amref Health Africa, Dupoto e Maa, Kenya Water for Health Organization (KWAHO), Neighbours Initiative Alliance (NIA), Network for Water and Sanitation (NETWAS), NOSIM Women Organization, Practical Action, Sasol and Umande Trust.

The original IQC questionnaire is continuously being refined into a survey and data validation approach that is used to develop the annual CSO annual water and sanitation performance report for Kenya and support continuous improvement processes for WASH and WRM projects by KEWASNET member and partner organizations.