Project Strengthening of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services for SAARC Member States held in Colombo
Ateam from SAARC Development Fund (SDF) led by the CEO and implementing agencies of the SAARC member’s states in strengthening of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in selected areas of SAARC Countries met in Colombo, Sri Lanka for their combined project meeting on 27 December, 2017. Counterpart agencies of SDF in SAARC Member States also participated in the meeting. During the meeting, the implementing agencies were briefed on SDF’s policies and procedures and reporting requirements, and proposed changes to the project documents since its approval.
The objectives of the meeting were to evaluate the progress made by implementing agencies, to facilitate the exchange of experiences between the implementing agencies, to discuss the issues and problems being faced by different agencies and agree on solutions to solve the same and to review and discuss the sustainability plan/revenue generation model for the project.
The WASH project with an approved budget of US$ 6.30 Million has Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as participating countries. The project aims to provide equitable access to safe drinking for household and livelihood water; ensure adequate quantity of good quality of water; identify appropriate and innovative technologies for treatment, restoration and development of sustainable water resource mechanisms (including financial and social models); declare open defecation free (ODF) in targeted areas to promote hygiene and sanitation practices in schools and targeted communities; capacitate community based organizations (CBOs) in management of water and sanitation facilities and promotion of hygiene; promote water based livelihoods and build a cadre and cohort of women led service providers; and share experience and knowledge on good practices. The project is benefiting 30,000 women, household workers, farmers will be provided with water for drinking and small scale livelihoods such as home garden cultivation, floriculture, animal husbandry and food processing.
Dr. Sunil Motiwal, CEO, SDF said: “The SDF funded project “Strengthening of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene” emphasizes on regional cooperation between six SAARC countries and complies with the SAARC Development Fund objectives of poverty focus, preserve and reduce adverse impact of the climate change and promote regional understanding. Therefore WASH is promoting safe and sustainable water supplies through improved water resources management in the SAARC region.”