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Piloting Self-supply in seven woredas

Published on: 08/06/2016

Early in 2015, we worked with World Vision to develop a baseline for their interventions in Omonada woreda (in Oromia region), Ethiopia, where they are piloting a Self-supply acceleration approach. 

This focuses on household level investments in improved water supplies, creating the demand for such investments, building the supply of products and services (such as well digging, and low-cost pumps) and strengthening the enabling environment that makes it all possible.

Later in 2015, we extended the same baseline survey approach to 6 further woredas in Oromia and Amhara where other Millennium Water Alliance partners are working. We worked with Care and CRS and their partners such as Water Action and Team Today and Tomorrow to map existing Self-supply facilities, but also the financial institutions and business enterprises that support Self-supply. Aqua for All and water.org are supporting the effort in these latter aspects.

Our findings have been used by the partners to design Self-supply acceleration plans following a set of guidelines we are testing and these plans are now being implemented in an effort led by the local (woreda) governments.

The intention is to go back in mid-2017 to look at the effects of the interventions by these partners. We are hoping to see new investments by families either to improve existing wells or construct new ones. And we hope to see improved behaviours to keep wells clean. There is great scope and need. Currently, such low cost family level water supplies perform much poorer than they could (a finding we have seen before in other areas). If the interventions being trialed are effective, water quality will be improved from these wells for a start.

The report provides a summary of the findings of the baseline survey on Self-supply for all seven woredas in Oromia and Amhara where MWA-EP partners are implementing their innovative Self-supply acceleration pilot. The baseline data collection itself was undertaken as far as possible by woreda government officials, seeking to drive their further engagement in Self-supply acceleration activities.

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