Development cooperation , 29.11.2019

Community-Led Accelerated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Ethiopia, phase III


COWASH (Community-led Accelerated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene ProjectI) increases the availability of safe water and sanitation in rural areas of Ethiopia. The aimed long term impact is to improve the health of the population. The project is based on community led approach: The villages are themselves in charge of the management of the building of thier water points. Institutional WASH is targeted to schools and health facilities. Project phase III has so far constructed 4,834 community water supplies serving now more 848,092 rural people. When the Phase III started, 47.5 % of health facilities of the project woredas were having access to improved latrine, now the figure has increased to 62.6%. Construction of 250 school water supplies serve more than 126,247 students, teachers and administrative staff. Project phase III constructed school latrines serve over 93,914 students, teachers and administrative staff. The project also makes specific efforts to support and empower women, girls and persons with disabilities. The ongoing third phase of the COWASH started in 2016 and was initially planned for summer 2019. Extension of the project was needed until end of June 2020, with an additional funding of 700,000 euros. During the extension period the focus has been sustainability: The experiences and lessons learnt are being documented and specific efforts are made to support sanitation. For the extension period there was no extra funds available for the regions, moreover it was well known that the extra TA support is not sufficient to cover the expenses for the TA staff until the end of Phase III, instead majority of the extensions were made only until February 2020. In order to ensure adequate level of TA support until the end of the Phase III, also paving way for the planned Phase IV, additional 100,000 eur is needed for the TA support. To maintain and continue the project activities in the regions, additional allocation of 500,000 eur is requested to be divided as following: Tigray 100,000 eur, Amhara 200,000 eur, SNNR 100,000 eur and Oromia 100,000 eur. Only Benishangul Gumuz will not need more funds.

Funding decision  29.11.2019

600 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Gender equality
  • Participatory development/Good governance

Field of activity

  • Basic drinking water supply and basic sanitation 100%

Special target group

  • women
  • girls
  • children
  • youth
  • people with disability

Funding channel

Kehitysmaan julkinen sektori



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