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The 4th Global Water Operators’ Partnership congress hosted in October 2021

April 15th 2021 at 10:25

The Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance – a global network of public operators and their partners – led by UN-Habitat, convene the 4th Global WOPs Congress from 18 — 29 … Read more

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Integrated water services for refugees and host communities is more than just providing taps

April 14th 2021 at 09:11

By Tim Hayward, General Manager, WSUP Advisory

Across the East Africa region there are an astonishingly large number of settlements, more than 200, that currently accommodate about 3,000,000 people displaced from their countries and home areas due to war, ongoing conflict and insecurity.

Their need for basic services such as water are met, with varying degrees of success, by a wide range of approaches and actors, and much of what has been provided in the past has been temporary and ad-hoc and none of it has been self-sustaining.

Following a significant shift in the humanitarian sector in 2016, with the development of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework, there is now a much greater acceptance in many countries for the long-term support and integration of refugee populations which has opened up possibilities for initiatives that aspire to provide sustainable and integrated services to both host communities and communities of refugees or internally displaced persons. Only a few years ago in many countries there was no political will to even consider the long-term accommodation of refugees.

Whilst the tendency might be for discussions about how to achieve viable integrated services to focus only on infrastructure and training of the nearest utility, it has become clear to us at WSUP that such approaches have wide ranging implications for actors in both the humanitarian and the development sectors. Furthermore, investment decisions will have to take into account factors that would not normally appear on the agenda of a discussion about water utility development.

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A utility worker in Nairobi, Kenya. How can utilities adapt to the challenge of providing services for refugee populations?

This stems from some work that WSUP Advisory, WSUP’s consultancy arm, has conducted with UNICEF and UNHCR, supported by KfW, that focussed on the challenges of establishing integrated services (for the benefit of both displaced and host communities) in East Africa, and also draws on some of the observations and lessons identified in a paper written by WSUP Advisory in collaboration with UNICEF and IIED that looked at the challenges faced by service providers in the Middle East and North Africa region to serving displaced populations.

Any discussion on the prospects for integrated services should recognise at the beginning that certain conditions have to be favourable – it’s not going to work or to be a worthwhile investment everywhere, and from the perspective of the refugees and IDPs targeted what this means for them is in fact a transition from being “a beneficiary of humanitarian assistance” to “a customer of a utility”. The significance of this transition should not be underestimated, and it has wide ranging implications for a number of stakeholders.

For the funding agencies to provide the levels of investment required to deliver sustainable integrated services they will have to be satisfied that the conditions are at least favourable for success and will want to prioritise the most favourable locations.

Drawing on our experience of considering the water sector as a whole and of using tools such as WSUP’s Sector Functionality Framework (SFF) to assess and to understand the environment within which utilities have to operate, WSUP has identified that conditions in the national context such as security, political stability, etc. and the social context are just as important as assessing the capabilities of the service provider and of understanding the technical or engineering challenges of a particular location.

In order to understand the capabilities and requirements of utilities, WSUP has developed a Utility Strengthening Framework that follows the same structure and approach as the SFF but focusses more specifically on the utility.

Blog: A utility strengthening approach to tackling water scarcity

WSUP's Utility Strengthening Framework
WSUP’s Utility Strengthening Framework

Furthermore, moving from the traditional approach of the humanitarian sector to the provision of water services, that could be described as ‘care and maintenance’, to an integrated service being provided by a utility implies a significant process of change that should be managed, supported and encouraged in the same way as any other major change process.

Programmes of humanitarian response can be characterised as having an emergency phase, which may require quick and by necessity often temporary solutions in order to save lives, followed by a stabilisation and then a recovery phase. In the early stages, the responding agencies may in fact be substituting for local service providers (although sometimes they don’t recognise that this is what they are doing) who don’t have the capacity or are not present or may be present and have the capacity but have simply been overlooked by the international players.

In order to get to a point where local utilities can provide a good quality, sustainable service to displaced and host communities, will require a significant shift over time in the roles of UN Agencies, which have different but complementary mandates, and in the roles of international and national NGOs and different funding agencies. The areas of interest and the time horizon of a funder of humanitarian relief activities is very different to those of the IFIs and the development banks but one is required in the early part and the other in the latter part of such a process.  This therefore implies that ideally there should be a managed process of transition.

Similarly, whilst the expertise provided by humanitarian NGOs can be highly valued in the early phases, the expertise of international consulting agencies is likely to be more appropriate to addressing the requirements of the latter and longer-term phases. The same will also apply to national agencies and different government bodies with mandates and responsibilities that are relevant to different phases in the process.  The possibility for ‘territorial’ conflict between combinations of the above is also very real if not adequately addressed.

A wider benefit of moving towards an integrated approach is that investing in water utilities and creating opportunities for them to increase their customer base, and thus their revenue, could also provide opportunities for clustering of smaller utilities to create larger and more viable entities.

This is a trend that is already happening in a number of countries in Africa, for example in Kenya, with the development of county level rather than town level utilities; in Uganda with the advent of the regional Umbrella Authorities; and with the evolution of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency in Ghana. Bringing services to refugees and displaced communities into the equation could further reinforce that trend and provide a route to viability that may have been difficult if they were only to serve pre-existing host communities.

Read more about how WSUP Advisory is supporting a regional Umbrella Authority in Uganda

Assessing water supply issues with the Mid-Western Umbrella of Water and Sanitation (MWUWS)

Whilst this integrated approach is an all too rare example of a possibility for bridging the gap between the humanitarian and development sectors, and the debate on how to achieve that has been running since the 1970s, for this to be fully successful some other key issues will also have to be addressed. Not least is the question of the relationship and accountability between the customer and the utility. For example, how can someone who is a refugee, and therefore may have limited opportunities for employment and for earning their own income, be truly regarded as a customer of a utility while a mechanism for applying subsidies (of perhaps 100%) is still required.  Equally, how can such customers hold the utility to account for the service provided?

There is also the potential for lessons to be learnt from an integrated approach that could inform the early phases of future humanitarian responses. Hopefully, this would prevent the situation arising where decisions made during the humanitarian phase create challenges that then have to be addressed in the development phase. Whilst this is a hugely welcome development there is clearly plenty of scope for further work to be done.

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Top image: Resident outside a refugee camp in Beira. Credit: Stand Up Media

Stop the rot – action research on handpump quality in sub-Saharan Africa

April 13th 2021 at 08:52
Premature corrosion and failure of water supply hardware, particularly handpumps, is widespread in countries within Sub-Saharan Africa, but evidence is limited and largely anecdotal. If drillers are not assured of quality handpumps in country, how can they install pumps that provide water users with the services that they deserve? For the tens of millions of … Continue reading "Stop the rot – action research on handpump quality in sub-Saharan Africa"

People using handpump on a hand dug well in Sierra Leone


Sanitation and Water for All host climate webinar series

April 11th 2021 at 10:31

During the month of April, Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) is organizing 3 webinars to strengthen partners’ knowledge of and capacity to integrate water, sanitation and hygiene and climate … Read more

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Water: the game changer for food systems

April 8th 2021 at 10:40

A Food Systems Summit will be convene as part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The culminating Summit gathering will take place … Read more

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IWRA host online conference on water, food and public health

April 5th 2021 at 10:20

From the 7 to 9 June 2021, the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) will host the online conference “One Water, One Health: Water, Food & Public Health in a Changing … Read more

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We have a district WASH master plan: now what?

April 1st 2021 at 11:42
By: brunson

"The master plan provides a strategic tool in bringing all sector actors together around a singular objective." - Magdalene Matthews, Senior Program Officer, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

As the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector seeks to support progress quickly towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), several beneficial tools have been developed to foster progress. One is to develop Master Plans that provide a roadmap for how a set of partners; including government, NGOs, private sector, donors, and other stakeholders; can provide their contributions and move together towards a shared vision. Developing this type of collaborative, detailed, and long-term plan for an entire district is an accomplishment to be celebrated; indeed, the celebration itself often serves as an influencing and partnership development opportunity. To date, at least four countries [Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Uganda] have master plans leading to 2030, but when the launching celebration is over we are left with the question – now what?

A learning event on February 19, 2021, convened by IRC and Millennium Water Alliance with the topic, “The art of master planning and leveraging strategic partnerships” suggested the answer to this question is: Use the master plan – creatively and consistently as there is no perfect linear path.

The initial thinking behind the development of master plans was that if you have a fully costed plan for how to achieve SDG 6 targets across a district, the plan will do two things: 1. Provide a point of entry to utilise methods beyond ‘business as usual’ and push the sector toward systems approaches and 2. Serve as a roadmap to be shared with funders which would result in full funding to achieve the plan. The reality of course is always messier than the initial thinking (see this document to learn more about the messiness of an envisioned planning process versus reality). Once the master plans were finished, next steps were murkier than hoped and new funding did not immediately appear.

But one district provides an example of how to figure out what comes next and make it happen. The learning session featured Juste Nansi, Country Director for IRC Burkina Faso. Juste presented the creative efforts of the Mayor and other stakeholders of Banfora District in Burkina Faso to work creatively to reach out to a multitude of potential stakeholders. The developed master plan identified a finance gap (difference between available funds and funds needed to implement the master plan) of 30.4 million USD. Once the plan was developed the Mayor of Banfora took up the mantle and went to anyone and everyone to find creative sources of funding to get to full coverage.  Funding partners included:

  • Communities via tariffs and household investments
  • Local businesses (e.g. bakeries, hotels, restaurants, trades people, materials suppliers)
  • Diaspora communities living in other areas of Burkina Faso and abroad
  • National water utility
  • Central government
  • International NGOs and donors.

District WASH master plans from Banfora, Kabarole, Asutifi North, and Beregadougou.

The Mayor also used the master plan to advocate to the national water utility and the national government to provide more funding and support to show great progress for water in Banfora. One way the district jump-started these efforts was to host a major launch ceremony for the finalised master plan. This event was chaired by a National State Minister who made a significant public commitment to the plan and funding during the ceremony. These efforts have been successful in leveraging 12.5 million USD in increased funding to support the implementation of the master plan. The Mayor of Banfora has continued to utilise public events to raise awareness of the master plan and to advocate for more funding and partnerships. This has been so successful that national media have been reporting on the progress of the master plan in Banfora. Finally, the Mayor developed a Master Plan Investor’s Platform where information related to planning, reporting, and learning is shared regularly with contributors to the plan.

The efforts in Banfora to obtain the funding to implement the master plan required not just using the plan to ask for money but also intensive efforts to build and strengthen partnerships with multiple sectors, including new actors who were not previously involved in funding WASH.   

Following these insights from Juste three other experts including Jane Nabunnya, IRC Uganda Country Director; Abiy Girma, Head of National One WASH Coordination Office, Ethiopia; James Ata-Era, Asutifi North District Planning Officer, Ghana, provided their reflections on the use of the master plan in Banfora and what they have seen in their own countries and districts.

One of the most interesting aspects of the learning session was the similarities that emerged from all four country situations. All four identified that:

  1. Understanding where resources (money and in-kind support) come from is an important step.
  2. Local government leadership (ownership) of development, use, and implementation of the plan is critically important.
  3. Government has a critical role in coordinating the roles and contributions of each partner.
  4. Partnerships are required if you expect to get far in funding and implementing the master plan.

The audience was very engaged throughout the presentations and discussion. Insightful questions were raised both by the panellists for each other and by the audience. Select questions included:

  • If you raise all the money to implement the master plans – does the district have the adsorption capacity to fully utilise the resources? 
  • How would the options and progress be different if the baseline coverage rates were much lower and the finance required much higher as a starting point for this work? Would as much progress be possible if the starting point was even more challenging?
  • Is it possible to suggest what funding and partnerships were made available due to the master plan versus what might have been obtained regardless?
  • What are ideas and suggestions for how to build on the work done thus far to scale the use of master plan development as a nation-wide practice?
  • Is this a zero-sum process whereby new funds coming into this district means funding to another district has to decrease?

Many of these questions do not currently have simple answers and it remains up to all stakeholders working in water to continue innovating and piloting new systems approaches to push our collective learning forward.

To conclude the session Magdalene Matthews of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation shared that while the master plans are an excellent resource, the process of developing the plans is just as important in the way it brings stakeholders together to coalesce around a shared vision for how to address challenges in a district. The Hilton Foundation wants to continue providing support in ways that are aligned with local and national government priorities and focused on system strengthening approaches that should result in high-performing districts that can serve as demonstration districts to promote scale. The Hilton Foundation views the master plans as having a strategic role in driving increased financing to districts, supporting and ensuring government ownership and leadership, and fostering the development of strategic partnerships for improved sustainability and impact. Magdalene’s final words looking forward served to inspire session attendees to continue advancing on this sometimes messy path, piloting, learning, and engaging together to progress towards the SDGs.

More Learning

For more resources and learning you can view the full session recording here or visit this webpage for extensive resources on the Collective Action work of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Safe Water Strategy grantees.

Blog information

Authors: Laura Brunson of Millennium Water Alliance and Juste Nansi of IRC
Review/Editing by: John Butterworth, Vera van der Grift and Tettje van Daalen

Information about the series

This e-learning series is convened by IRC with topic-specific assistance from other partners. The series is open to all Safe Water Strategy partners and friends and aims to support cross-context learning and strategic exchange within the Safe Water Strategy community. Funding for the e-learning series is generously provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

Next topics for the e-learning series
  • April – Improving water quality in different settings 
  • May – Finance


Fourth Human Rights Youth Challenge

April 1st 2021 at 10:10

The Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation is organizing the Fourth Human Rights Youth Challenge and invites youth aged between 16 – 24 to … Read more

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End Water Poverty progress report: 2019-2020

April 1st 2021 at 01:00
By: editor
End Water Poverty progress report: 2019-2020 editor 1 April 2021 - 00:00

An Eye to 2030: Making NTD Gains in Kenya Through WASH

March 30th 2021 at 15:03

Written by Stephen Hilton, Global Water 2020 on behalf of the NTD NGO Network’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Working Group

On World Water Day 2021 (March 22), the World Health Organization officially released its 2021-2030 Global Strategy on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). The Global Strategy is one of several official companion documents to the 2021-2030 NTD road map, which launched in January for World NTD Day 2021 and included, for the first-time, a cross-cutting indicator for WASH that countries must meet by 2030; that is: universal WASH access in all NTD endemic areas.

Today, WHO is celebrating the launch through an online event to catalyse new partnerships and inspire commitments across the WASH and NTD sectors, in terms of funding, policymaking and joint programming. The event features global, regional and national perspectives around successful WASH and NTD collaboration with an eye to 2030, including from Kenya where the Ministry of Health has been a true leader for this important, life-sustaining work.

A headshot of Dr. Sultani Matendechero

To mark the launch of the Strategy, Global Water 2020’s Stephen Hilton, on behalf of the NTD NGO Network’s (NNN) WASH Working Group, caught up with Dr. Sultani Hadley Matendechero, Director of Kenya’s Division of Vector Borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases at the Ministry of Health. His department coordinates multi-sectoral programming to control and eliminate NTDs, such as soil-transmitted helminthiasis, schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, and trachoma—diseases that remain prevalent throughout Kenya. Dr. Matendechero, who is a pharmacist by profession, has been a strong advocate for providing access to safe WASH services, which is essential for the control, elimination and eradication of all NTDs across the continuum of prevention, treatment, care and morbidity management.

What motivates you to integrate WASH into your NTD programming at the Kenyan Ministry of Health?

SM: Over time, I have realized the importance of safe water, basic sanitation, and general hygiene in controlling and eliminating NTDs. Yes, we use pharmaceutical interventions like Mass Drug Administration (MDA), which can rapidly bring down disease prevalence to remarkably low levels. Unfortunately, I noticed that a few weeks or months later, the prevalence bounces back to the pre-MDA levels. We have demonstrated that one of the main reasons behind this loss of gains is the absence of WASH interventions. That’s why I believe that for our pharmaceutical interventions to be meaningful, we must have sufficient WASH facilities in place. If adequate WASH interventions are implemented, up to 70% of the problems with NTDs will automatically resolve.

What is an example in Kenya that demonstrates how important WASH can be for controlling NTDs?

SM: Before 2007, Kitui County was among the known trachoma-endemic areas in the country. Following the coming into power of a new government in 2007, many water projects were established in Kitui as part of the new government’s drought relief program. When we conducted a routine assessment for trachoma in 2016, we realized that trachoma had been eliminated in Kitui. It took us some time to realize that the WASH interventions which had been inadvertently put in place by the drought relief program, could have played a fundamental role in this development. This is because clean faces are incompatible with trachoma and the availability of water must have spurred behaviour change which led to more frequent face-washing within the area. Because of this elimination of trachoma in Kitui, we saved more than 300 million shillings annually, which would otherwise have been used in implementing mass treatment interventions against trachoma. Further, we estimate that the investment that was put in WASH is less than 20% of what we would have spent on MDA alone. One can only wonder what the substantial amounts of money saved can do… build several community hospitals perhaps? Invest in education programs or community youth empowerment programs? Your guess is as good as mine.

What challenges have you faced in Kenya with integrating WASH and NTDs nationally and locally?

SM: The biggest challenge is the wrong perception that the installation of WASH facilities is a very expensive exercise. However, by establishing functional and working relationships with other stakeholders, including in the WASH sector, you do not need a ton of money. Many stakeholders are resistant to change, such as embracing a paradigm shift towards closer partnerships that enhance the provision of WASH interventions for NTD control. Many WASH stakeholders may initially feel that these partnerships can only be a one-way relationship where only the NTD sector benefits. To address this, we have come up with innovative ways of ensuring that the WASH sector benefits just as much as the NTD sector. We even spell out the benefits to the WASH sector and other stakeholders in our Breaking Transmission Strategy (BTS).

What have you done to overcome challenges associated with cross-sectoral coordination?

SM: We have established a very robust government-led coordination mechanism for NTDs in our BTS, which I encourage other countries to emulate. NTDs are unique diseases that require everyone to contribute to control and elimination.

There is a National NTD Steering Committee with high-level representation, whose chairmanship is at the cabinet secretary-level. This committee ensures coordination, sustainable resource mobilization, and more. We involve multiple departments so that we can capitalize on the work they already do. We include research institutions such as the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), and academic institutions like the University of Nairobi. Local experts in the NTD field have been officially engaged to advise the steering committee. We also have technical advisory groups comprised of implementers and experts for specific diseases. They bring people from all sectors to deal with cross-cutting issues such as WASH and behaviour change communication, among others. This coordination mechanism ensures that we have dozens of people from all sectors at the national- and subnational-levels intimately participating in the day-to-day running of NTD control activities.

Structure for implementing the BTS, adapted from the Kenya National BTS (page 46).

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

SM: We reactivated many programs to great success. For example, after reorganizing our efforts on lymphatic filariasis in 2015, we have implemented a remarkable raft of interventions over the last six years. We are now looking forward to implementing transmission assessment surveys this year, which we expect will confirm the elimination of the disease from Kenya. This will be an enchanting addition to our list of achievements after attaining certification of Guinea worm disease eradication in Kenya only two years ago.

What role do you see the new 2021-2030 NTD Road Map, as well as accompanying Global Strategy on WASH and NTDs, playing in accelerating progress on WASH and NTDs this next decade?

SM: We adopt international guidelines, strategies, and roadmaps into many of our plans, such as the BTS. The three pillars of this plan are to increase coverage of MDA, expand WASH interventions, and mainstream behaviour change and communication activities, in addition to other interventions such as integrated vector management and effective monitoring and evaluation. This year we are going to review our national strategic plan for NTDs and we are going to borrow heavily from the NTD roadmap that has been launched by WHO. This will include expanding the WASH and behaviour change and communication pillars, which will read well when seen against the backdrop of the BTS.

What are the next steps for WASH and NTD coordination in Kenya?

SM: We have rated coordination as the most important aspect of NTD control, and are looking to improve it. We are expanding the membership of our committees with more technical experts and strengthening partnerships by involving more stakeholders in the NTD/WASH technical working group. We want to create new external partnerships and have been having meetings in the afternoon so we can involve stakeholders in America and Europe. With lymphatic filariasis out of the way, we are shifting our full attention towards trachoma elimination. This is an objective we expect to meet within the next five years at a maximum.


We’ll be ramping up the BTS. Within the next two to three years, we should be able to scale up BTS implementation to more than 30 targeted counties. We’re also beginning implementation in order to eliminate schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis in all areas where elimination is possible. Moving forward, we want to ensure that we don’t just pay attention to MDA, but ensure that WASH and behaviour change and communication are at the centre of our implementation as well.

Rural sanitation project Kèlè Tchinè in Burkina Faso

March 30th 2021 at 11:56

Kèlè Tchinè is a project that aims to accelerate universal and sustainable access to sanitation in ten rural communes in the central west region of Burkina Faso.

steering committee of the project

On Tuesday 23 March 2021 in Koudougou, the steering committee held a workshop on the project to accelerate universal and sustainable access to sanitation (Kèlè Tchinè) in ten rural communes of the central west region of Burkina Faso. Chaired by the governor of the central west region, this meeting aims to facilitate consultation between the stakeholders on the implementation of the project. 

Water is life, is always being advocated. However, one of the major development challenges in Burkina, and particularly in the central west, is adequate access to drinking water and sanitation services. Indeed, national statistics show a sanitation access rate of 19.7% in 2020 and 16.9% in the central west region.

This shows that more than ¾ of the population does not have access to adequate sanitation. With this in mind, a consortium of NGOs composed of Eau Vive Internationale, WHH, IRC and SOS Sahel was formed to join forces with the local authorities to carry out a joint project called Kèlè Tchinè in the Lélé language, which means "the hygiene of the concession".

Irène Coulibaly

The objective of the project to accelerate universal and sustainable access to sanitation in ten rural communes in the central west region of Burkina Faso is to take stock of the project's implementation since its inception. And to discuss the main difficulties encountered and identify solutions to improve the project's implementation and to plan the priority activities for the following year. It is financed by the European Union to the tune of one million five hundred thousand euros.

The opening ceremony was attended by regional and communal authorities, including the governor, who was also the chairperson of the activity, Irène Coulibaly; the secretary general of the region; the president of the regional council; the high commissioners and the various mayors of the beneficiary communes.

Tambi Pascal Kaboré, president of AMBF

In his speech, the president of the regional AMBF, Tambi Pascal Kaboré, said that this workshop is the culmination of collective and considerable work undertaken since 2019. Hence his wish to see the involvement of all for a successful project.

Nearly 170,000 people will be directly affected by the project

According to Jean Philippe Jarry, country director of the NGO WHH and head of the consortium, this project will contribute to improving access to sanitation services in rural areas in a sustainable manner, taking into account the human rights-based approach. He added that the project will eventually make it possible to build 4,000 latrines and 4,500 cesspools, rehabilitate 500 latrines for households, train and equip 224 local craftsmen (masons), and build the capacities of the populations of 112 villages in good hygiene and sanitation practices.

Jean Philippe Jarry, country director of WHH

According to him, nearly 170,000 people will be directly affected by the project in the long term. Jean Philippe Jarry ended by inviting all the participants to an open approach to better identify the challenges for the success of the project. He said: "I strongly believe that through a synergy of action between the different actors, we can achieve significant results for the well-being of our people."

Large health expenses due to lack of sanitation

The president of the ceremony, Irène Coulibaly, governor of the central west region, before officially launching the proceedings, stressed that a lack of hygiene and sanitation is one of the main causes of the so-called faecal peril diseases, the main cause of death among children and the elderly. She said that the expenses related to the lack of sanitation are estimated at more than 10 billion FCFA per year for health care according to WHO statistics. Hence, according to her, the urgency of eradicating this problem which poses a heavy burden on the well-being of the population as well as its socio-economic development.

The committee at the workshop

She also said that the implementation of the Kèlè Tchinè project will help achieve the objective of the government's policy through its National Wastewater and Excreta Sanitation Programme, which aims to ensure sustainable management of wastewater and excreta by 2030. While reiterating her commitment to accompany them in the completion of the project, Irène Coulibaly invited the participants to have frank discussions that could remove the blockages and enable them to go back to the field with more determination to implement the remaining activities of the project.

It should be noted that the communes concerned by the Kèlè Tchinè project are Niabouri, Silly, To, Poa, Ramongo, Sabou, Sourgou, Ténado, Bougnounou and Kassou.

Assainissement : Dix communes rurales du Centre-Ouest bénéficient

March 30th 2021 at 11:03

Kèlè Tchinè est un projet visant à accélérer l'accès universel et durable à l'assainissement dans dix communes rurales de la région du Centre-Ouest du Burkina Faso.

Fonctionnaires pendant la réunion

Le mardi 23 mars 2021 à Koudougou, s’est tenu l’atelier du comité de pilotage du projet d’accélération de l’accès universel et durable à l’assainissement (Kèlè Tchinè) dans dix communes rurales du Centre-Ouest au Burkina Faso. Placée sous la présidence du gouverneur de la région du Centre-Ouest, cette rencontre vise à faciliter la concertation entre les parties prenantes sur l’exécution du projet.

L’eau c’est la vie, a-t-on toujours prôné. Cependant, l’un des enjeux majeurs de développement au Burkina, et particulièrement dans le Centre-Ouest, c’est l’accès adéquat aux services d’eau potable et d’assainissement. En effet, les statistiques nationales présentent un taux d’accès à l’assainissement de 19,7% en 2020 et 16,9% d’accès pour la région du Centre-Ouest.

Cela démontre que plus de ¾ de la population n’a pas accès à un assainissement adéquat. C’est fort de ce constat, qu’un consortium d’ONG composé de l’ONG Eau Vive Internationale, WHH, IRC et SOS Sahel a été suscité pour unir ses forces en collaboration avec les autorités locales afin porter un projet commun dénommé projet Kèlè Tchinè en langue lélé qui veut dire « l’hygiène de la concession ».

Irène Coulibaly

Le projet d’accélération de l’accès universel et durable à l’assainissement dans dix communes rurales du Centre-Ouest au Burkina Faso a pour objectif de faire le bilan de l’exécution du projet depuis son démarrage ; échanger sur les principales difficultés rencontrées et identifier des solutions pour améliorer la mise en œuvre du projet ; planifier les activités prioritaires de l’année suivante du projet. Il est financé par l’Union Européenne à hauteur d’un million cinq cent mille euros.

Notons que la cérémonie d’ouverture a connu la présence des autorités régionales et communales, dont entre autres, le gouverneur par ailleurs présidente de l’activité, Irène Coulibaly ; du secrétaire général de la région ; du président du Conseil régional ; des hauts-commissaires ainsi que les différents maires des communes bénéficiaires.

Tambi Pascal Kaboré, président AMBF

Dans son intervention, le président de l’AMBF régional, Tambi Pascal Kaboré, tout en souhaitant la bienvenue aux participants à cette session du comité de pilotage du projet Kèlè Tchinè, il précise que sa tenue constitue l’aboutissement d’un travail collectif et considérable entrepris depuis 2019 pour 42 mois. D’où son souhait de voir une implication de tous pour une réussite totale de l’activité.

Près de 170 000 personnes seront impactées directement par le projet

Selon Jean Philippe Jarry, directeur pays de l’ONG WHH et responsable du consortium, le présent projet pourra contribuer à améliorer durablement l’accès aux services d’assainissement en milieu rural en tenant compte de l’approche fondée sur les droits humains. Il ajoute que ledit projet permettra à terme de réaliser entre autres 4000 latrines et 4500 puisards et de réhabiliter 500 latrines au profit des ménages, de former et équiper 224 artisans locaux (maçons), de renforcer les capacités des populations des 112 villages sur les bonnes pratiques d’hygiène et d’assainissement.

Jean Philippe Jarry, directeur pays de l’ONG WHH

A l’entendre, ce sont près de 170 000 personnes qui seront impactées directement par le projet à terme. Jean Philippe Jarry a terminé en invitant l’ensemble des participants à une ouverture afin de mieux cerner les défis pour la réussite du projet. Car, dit-il : « Je crois fortement qu’à travers une synergie d’action entre les différents acteurs, nous pouvons atteindre des résultats notables pour le bien-être de nos populations. »

De grosses dépenses en santé dues au manque d’assainissement

La présidente de la cérémonie, Irène Coulibaly, gouverneur de la région du Centre-Ouest, avant de lancer officiellement les travaux, elle a souligné que le manque d’hygiène et d’assainissement est l’une des principales causes des maladies dites du péril fécal, principale cause de décès chez les enfants et les personnes âgées. Elle précise que les dépenses liées au manque d’assainissement sont estimées à plus de 10 milliards de FCFA par an pour les soins en santé selon les statistiques de l’OMS. D’où, selon elle, l’urgence d’éradiquer ce phénomène qui hypothèque le bien-être des populations ainsi que son développement socio-économique.

Comité de pilotage du projet

Aussi, elle précise que la mise en œuvre du projet Kèlè Tchinè permettra d’atteindre l’objectif de la politique gouvernementale à travers son Programme national d’assainissement des eaux usées et excréta (PN-AEUE) qui vise à assurer un assainissement durable des eaux usées et excreta d’ici 2030. Tout en réitérant son engagement à les accompagner pour l’aboutissement du projet, Irène Coulibaly a invité les participants à des échanges francs qui puissent lever les zones de blocage et qui pourront leur permettre de repartir plus déterminés sur le terrain pour la mise en œuvre des activités restantes du projet.

Il faut noter que les communes concernées par le projet Kèlè Tchinè sont Niabouri, Silly, To, Poa, Ramongo, Sabou, Sourgou, Ténado, Bougnounou et Kassou.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: closing the gap to end neglected tropical diseases

March 29th 2021 at 10:30

On World Water Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) released its strategy on water, sanitation and hygiene as part of joint efforts by the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and … Read more

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New UNICEF publication address water insecurity

March 25th 2021 at 09:18

The world is in a water crisis, and children’s lives and futures are at risk. Today, over 1.42 billion people – including 450 million children – live in areas of … Read more

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Mobilising people to demand their water rights from duty-bearers in Zambia

March 24th 2021 at 16:23
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NEW! Rural Water 2021 + RWSN Blue Pages / Pages Bleues

March 23rd 2021 at 14:40
We are delighted that announce the launch today of “Rural Water 2021” and the “RWSN Blue Pages / Pages Bleues”, which you can download now from the RWSN website: https://www.rural-water-supply.net/en/resources/details/944 Rural Water 2021 is the second edition of the rural water supply directory on life cycle costs, tariffs and management models. The first edition was … Continue reading "NEW! Rural Water 2021 + RWSN Blue Pages / Pages Bleues"



What is water worth?

March 22nd 2021 at 13:21

To mark World Water Day, 22 March, WSUP is shining a light on the value of water: the theme for this year’s campaign.

Water brings value in so many ways, whether it is through education, employment, nutrition, health, or environmental protection. Safeguarding this precious resource for the benefit of everyone is critical.

Watch the video to see how people value water:

This World Water Day, let’s take a stand to protect this precious and finite resource.

Learn more about valuing water:

How communities are managing water services in Madagascar

The value of water in small towns in Ghana

The importance of clean water in the garment industry in Bangladesh


UN World Water Development Report 2021 ‘Valuing Water’

March 22nd 2021 at 00:24

Launch of UN World Water Development Report 2021: determining the true value of the “blue gold” we need to protect. Paris, 22 March — The United Nations World Water Development … Read more

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UN General Assembly hold High-Level meeting on water

March 19th 2021 at 09:13

On 18 March, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) held a High-Level Meeting on the water-related goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda. Opening Segment The Opening Statements was delivered by … Read more

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