GoAL WaSH Niger
The project focuses on strengthening the institutional, human and technical capacities of stakeholders at all levels in the water and sanitation service delivery framework. More specifically the project will operationalize the national Water Guidelines at local level. A similar guide for sanitation will be developed with the support of the project. A capacity development plan will be developed to support the implementation of the water and sanitation guidelines.
Access to safe water and sanitation is low in Niger and rural populations are the worst affected. According to 2012 figures, 46 percent of the population did not have access to safe drinking water. In rural areas, where over 82 percent of the population lives, less than one in two persons had access to potable water. Similarly, official figures from 2011-2012 show that less than 20 percent of the total population had access to improved sanitation facilities, 68 percent for urban residents and only seven percent of rural dwellers.
The government´s commitment to reform basic service delivery and the priority given to progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) provide an opportunity for progress in tackling the serious challenges facing Niger’s water supply and sanitation sector. In 2010, Niger updated its water and sanitation policy with the enactment of the Water Code, which, together with the Operational Strategy for the Promotion of Hygiene and Basic Sanitation (2014) form a strong legal, institutional and governance framework for water and sanitation service delivery in Niger. The Government has embarked on a process to decentralise the management of WASH service provision to the municipal level. Local towns, central authorities and service providers need technical support to manage the new arrangements in service provision.
GoAL WaSH will provide the Ministry of Water and Sanitation (MHA) with human, financial and organizational support. The project will be implemented by MHA in partnership with the UNDP project “Implementing NAPA priority interventions to build resilience and adaptation sectors of the agriculture and water to climate change in Niger”. The project will involve the regional and departmental directorates of Water and Sanitation Services and communal focal points in charge of Water and Sanitation in the pilot areas and technical training partners.
Journée Assainissement Niger website: http://www.pseau.org/fr/journee-assainissement-niger-decembre-2014