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Universal Access to Basic Services


Developing tools for the improved management of the universal access to basic services programme.


The SPAID Inception Phase identified the need to enable Municipalities and dplg to better manage Municipal support interventions so that they enable municipalities to meet recognised priorities.

In response to this, SPAID focused its effort on setting up the municipal project expediting system (MPES). During this process, in consultation with dplg, the eradication of water and sanitation backlogs was identified as the area where most immediate support would be relevant.

In addition, dplg identified the need to mobilise all stakeholders involved in the eradication of municipal basic service backlogs around a common view as to the current challenge and progress around basic service backlogs and their eradication. It was agreed that an analytical tool that was easily understandable to all stakeholders was essential. This resulted in the scoping of the universal household access to basic services index (uHABs).

Moreover, a need was identified to develop a practical common high level tool for defining actions required from municipalities and to monitor their progress in the meeting the 2014 basic service backlog eradication targets.

This resulted in the scoping of the work necessary to develop a simple high level eradication reporting framework (ERF) for dplg to apply across all basic services to all municipalities This clearly related to the process being piloted at the municipal level by SPAID through the MPES. These three projects address these three different elements of Programme 1.

Strategic Partners

  • Department of Provincial & Local Government
  • Pilot municipalities


  1. uHABs Universal Household Access to Basic Services
  2. MPES Municipal Projects Expediting System
  3. ERF Eradication Reporting Framework


  • A methodology for municipalities to accept accountability for and manage delivery of their portion of a national priority (eradication of water and sanitation service backlogs) is developed, and;
  • Leaders in backlog eradication in all spheres of government acknowledge the status of and are able to more effectively monitor progress in respect of the Universal Access to Basic Services initiative.


  • Common tools are used by affected public bodies to analyse and report on the status and progress in basic service backlog eradication.
  • 75% of participating municipalities confirm usefulness of the backlog eradication planning and implementation methodologies developed.
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