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Zimbabwe: ZimWASH addressing the water and sanitation needs of the rural poor in the context of HIV/AIDS

Published on: 15/09/2006

The ZimWASH project aims to strengthen the capacities of civil society organizations and local government in providing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services targeting the needs of the rural poor.

The ZimWASH project aims to strengthen the capacities of civil society organizations and local government in providing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services targeting the needs of the rural poor. It is one of the projects selected recently for funding by the European Union Water Facility (EU-WF), and co-financed by UNICEF Zimbabwe. The project, which will run for 5 years, will be implemented by UNICEF Zimbabwe together with Mvuramanzi Trust, the Institute of Water and Sanitation Development (IWSD) and the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre.

The core of the project will be the building of capacity of civil society organizations and local governments at district level for the integrated planning and provision of WASH services. Particular attention will be given to mainstreaming livelihoods issues into the planning cycle. The special needs of those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS will be considered. Around 500,000 Zimbabweans in six districts will benefit from the project. It is expected that a multiplier effect can take place, and that the livelihoods approach can be replicated. Documentation of lessons learnt and dissemination within the sector are also important components.

Contact at IRC: Stef Smits, smits@irc.nl

Source: UNICEF, 23 Aug 2006