Pro­ject Strength­en­ing of Wa­ter, San­i­ta­tion and Hy­giene (WASH) ser­vices for SAARC Mem­ber States held in Colombo

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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.”

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