|Title||Update on DFID's work in water and sanitation since the Water Action Plan|
|Year of Publication||2005|
|Authors||GB, DFIDUnited Kin|
|Pagination||8 p. : boxes|
|Publisher||United Kingdom, Department for International Development|
|Place Published||London, UK|
|Keywords||development aid, international cooperation, millennium development goals, partnerships, policies, sdipol, united kingdom, water supply|
In March 2004 DFID published an action plan. This plan covered what DFID intended to do directly in developing countries, their work at a regional level and their work with the international community. It focused on : 1) ensuring that clean water and sanitation are central to their discussions with developing country governments, 2) providing evidence to support the argument that by improving sanitation and clean water all aspects of life for the world's poorest will improve, 3) supporting a small number of international partnerships, particularly those that can improve coordination in the water sector.
Despite the importance and the benefits, delivering clean water and safe sanitation remains difficult. Extra attention has been paid to African partner countries where the water target is off-track. On World Water Day, 22 March 2005, the Secretary of State for International Development made a commitment to double its funding for water and sanitation in sub-Saharan Africa from ₤ 47.5 million to ₤95 million per year in 2007-08. He pledged for extra measures to be taken in Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia. He urged that in the African countries most of track against the water and sanitation MDG's, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Sudan people should be seconded in to boost capacity in the government, in order to find quick ways of boosting the spending on water and sanitation. DFID reviewed the problems occurring in these countries, and identified the next steps to be taken to improve delivery.
|Original Publication||Water action plan : a DFID policy paper|