Water Sector Reform Programme: Support to the National Rural Water and Sanitation Programme (Component 1)

Detailed description of project:

Component 1 (“Support to the National Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme”) of the “Water Sector Reform Programme” supports the implementation of the National Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme (NRWSSP). The project is carried out in close and permanent consultation with the Zambian partners, other donors and NGOs to ensure a harmonised planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting procedures.

Core principles of organisational development are used to strengthen the management capacities of the institutions responsible for implementation of the NRWSSP. The project focuses on capacity development within the Department of Housing and Infrastructure Development (DHID) of the Ministry of Local Government and Housing (MLGH) and the eight rural districts of Zambia’s Eastern Province based on the principles of good water governance and the realisation of a human right based development.

Type of services provided:

  • Development of functional institutional mechanisms including the rural water supply and sanitation units (RWSSUs), area development councils and WASHE (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Education) committees at district and village levels;
  • Establishment of a management system including a system for the assessment of community needs, preparation of annual water and sanitation district plans, subsequent implementation, monitoring and reporting on a monthly/ quarterly basis;
  • Establishment of a system for the preparation and appraisal of project proposals (technical, financial, social and environmental feasibility);
  • Introduction of financial accounting and reporting system;
  • Analysis and documentation of experiences, lessons learnt and best practices including dissemination;
  • Establishment of communication structures;
  • Orientation of provincial support team (PST) interventions along the principles of Capacity WORKS.
German Technical Co-operation
03/2011 – 12/2012
Contract value: 1,217,526 €