Water and Sanitation (ApaSan) Project in the Republic of Moldova, Phase 3
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) are cooperating with the Government of Moldova to support the population in rural areas and small towns in Moldova. The rural population in Moldova seriously lacks access to safe water supply and sanitation. People in rural areas suffer much worse conditions than their urban counterparts, and within rural areas, it is the poorest and weakest groups that have lowest access to good services.
The objective of the third phase of the Water and Sanitation Project ApaSan is: Moldovan institutions at all levels respond to the needs for water supply and sanitation services of the rural population, including the most vulnerable.
In order to reach this goal, ApaSan will work to achieve the following changes in Moldovan sector institutions:
- National level institutions plan investments, fund water supply and sanitation infrastructure, and provide technical assistance to rural municipalities for implementation and operation
- Small local and multi-municipal/regional operators provide water and sanitation services of adequate quality to rural communities
- Relevant actors (sector specialists, educational & research institutions, national funds, etc.) apply innovative solutions that address technical, managerial and inclusiveness issues for rural water supply and sanitation
The overall strategy of the project is to transfer know-how on rural water supply and sanitation generated by ApaSan to Moldovan institutions, and to institutionalise functions that ApaSan has fulfilled so far in the implementation of sustainable water and sanitation projects, so that these institutions are able to improve their performance in responding to the needs of the rural population for water supply and sanitation services.
The project aims at assuring equitable access for the rural population to water and sanitation services (approx. 33.000 persons) and pays specific attention to vulnerable groups.