We are proud to announce that we will continue to contribute to accelerating the implementation of SDG 6 on water and sanitation in Tajikistan!
We have won a new contract from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)to improve the access to water and sanitation for all as well as hygiene behaviors in the Syr Darya River basin. The first phase of the CHF 7,789,000 programme will last until 2024, with further phases to follow. Switzerland intends to contribute a total of CHF 20 million over the next 12 years.
This new programme builds on past experiences developed in partnership with the SDC where we worked in close cooperation with citizens in pilot villages in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to help them to build and manage their own drinking water supply systems.
This new project focuses on access to drinking water and sanitation on equal footage and includes a major technical assistance component designed to train state services to work closely with citizens to ensure better access to drinking water and sanitation for all, in both rural and urban areas.
Working directly with government authorities, the project will seek to adopt an approach where the staff of public institutions will work under the mentoring of the project team in the pilot district(s) and build up a common view on how to develop decentralized water supply systems and then be in a position to pass on this learning to colleagues in other districts and mentor them in order to cover the entire country.
Like in our previous projects, this new project promotes a decentralized system of governance, where the sustainability and the success of the project depend essentially on the citizens who make it up together with the support of the state authorities. State service staff will work directly with villagers, helping them to build and manage their own water and sanitation systems.
We will build on the main principles that have guided us so far; Financial participation of the villagers in the construction of their water and sanitation system
- Introduction of a tariff covering all operating expenses and depreciation
- Autonomous and decentralized management of the drinking water and sanitation system, with pooling of certain support services
- Strong hygiene component
- Governance, Transparency, and Gender
We look forward to continuing our work to ensure sustainable and peaceful water management in Central Asia!
Thank you to our partners!