In the WASH sector the basic element of water – so fundamental to life – is seen as a vehicle to achieve targets: SDGs, full coverage to households and to improve the quality of life of millions. However, many others sectors which support the enabling environment, the financial flows or even the sustainability of water and sanitation services such as agriculture and hydropower are perceived as competitors or even polluters. Not forgetting that in rural areas most of the households are farmers too, so from their perspective the line between WASH, water resources and other aspects of their lives is actually really thin.
This week’s Weekly WASH Graph presents an infographic and a graph, the combination of which reflects what we think should be the core content of WASH investment plans.
The Government of Rwanda seeks to achieve universal access to basic water services by 2024. In order to achieve that target, the Government is promoting what is called a ‘District-Wide Approach’ (DWA). In essence, this is a roadmap for strengthening the systems needed to ensure the delivery of WASH services for the entire district. This roadmap consists of: 1) a number of assessments of the current status of WASH services, 2) a WASH investment plan to get to universal and sustainable access, and 3) the implementation of such plan.
Aguaconsult regularly collaborates with international NGO partners such as WaterAid, Water for People and IRC to address aspects of the WASH sustainability challenge; we are also core members of the Agenda For Change collaboration. We are now excited to be supporting WeltHungerHilfe (WHH) with their global Sustainable Services Initiative (SSI) – WHH is one of the largest NGOs in Germany and works in around 35 countries worldwide.
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