Support to the Multi-Donor Trust Fund of the Water and Sanitation Program - Africa Region
This grant contributes to a three-year program (2010-2012) of collaboration between the Austrian Development Agency and the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). The grant provides core funding to the work program for WSP-Africa region over a period of three fiancial years (FY 2009/10 to FY 2011/12). The proposal builds on more than five years of successful collaboration between WSP and the Government of Austria / ADA. WSP's intervention complements ADC's bilateral involvement in the water sector, mainly in Uganda but also in Mozambique, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso.
WSP's global core program mission is to reduce poverty by helping countries and their people achieve sustainable access to improved water, sanitation and hygienic practices. It seeks to achieve this mission in two ways: (a) by direct means, supporting and facilitating policy and sector dialogue, knowledge exchange, and capacity building; and (b) indirectly, by supporting key stakeholders and counterparts to build large-scale sustainable programs, support policy development and sector reforms, engage in action-learning innovative pilot projects that serve in particular the poor.
This grant will support WSP-Africa's regional work program in selected focus countries. The work program includes (i) regional thematic learning activities to help solve critical challenges in WSS development; (ii) identification of effective approaches for WSS MDG achievement in fragile/post-conflict environments; and (iii) strengthening of regional collaboration and capacities. To achieve this, WSP-Africa proposes to work within a framework of cross-sectoral interfaces at different levels of sustainable service delivery and financing.
WSP believes that improved water and sanitation services and hygiene practices are key to achieving the MDGs on poverty reduction, health, gender equality, and the environment. In this regard the project document has a sound chapter on inter-sectoral and cross-cutting issues.