Democratic economic governance in the Water and Sanitation sector in the RAAN and RAAS

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Less than 20% of people living in the Northern and Southern Autonomous Administrative Regions (RAAN and RAAS), home to many indigenous communities, have access to drinking water and adequate sanitation. The objective of the Programme is to strengthen democratic economic governance in the water and sanitation sector in the RAAN and RAAS through increased participation and coordination between social and institutional actors, strengthening of institutional frameworks and investment in infrastructure, thus increasing sustainable access to water and sanitation for poor population groups, particularly indigenous and Afro-descendant communities. The Programme aims to: (i) empower communities; (ii) reduce capacity gaps and support local management; (iii) improve quality of and access to services; (iv) support institutional, legal and regulatory revision processes. The Programme will work at the community, municipal (eight priority municipalities and three urban areas), regional and national level.

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Main Outcomes

  • Poorest sectors of the population (indigenous peoples, ethnic communities and women) of the RAAN and RAAS empowered and participating in decision-making processes and control over investment in the Water and Sanitation Sector.
  • Regional, municipal and communal management of the drinking water and sanitation sector made more efficient, equitable, culturally appropriate and participatory, benefiting the poorest and most disadvantaged groups.
  • Access to and quality of water and sanitation services improved for the poorest and most disadvantaged population groups.
  • More appropriate institutional, legal and regulatory framework, in the context of national policies on decentralization and regionalization, facilitate the right to efficient and equitable access to water and sanitation in the RAAN and RAAS.

Main Achievements

  • Development of national policies related to the water sector, like the National Water Resources Policy and the improved National Water Fund.
  • Involvement of community leaders in municipal strategic planning and the development of Municipal Action and Investment Plans for Water and Sanitation.
  • Establishment of an "entrepreneurial builders" training program in which 70 young men and women from local communities will be trained and certified in construction and plumbing.

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