Background: The development agenda of the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) is articulated in the National Vision 2030 and the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP - 2017-2021) which prioritize water and sanitation among the key sectors for economic growth. Accordingly, Government is implementing the National Urban and Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Program as a road map to improve access to sustainable water supply and sanitation services for Urban, Peri-urban and Rural dwellers in Zambia, and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. To improve sector performance, and in support of Program implementation, Government has undertaken sector reforms to improve the enabling environment by creating (a) Commercial Utilities to be responsible for urban and peri-urban water supply and sanitation; and (b) National Water Supply and Sanitation Council (NWASCO) for sector economic, and (c) support of the private sector for services delivery. In spite of the reforms, the water supply and sanitation sector is confronted with challenges like (a) limited sector capacity; (b) inadequate access to sanitation; and (c) insufficient investments.
Objectives: The overall objective of the project is to contribute to increase access to safe, sustainable and inclusive sanitation services, with improved hygiene and faecal sludge management services for people living in urban and peri-urban areas in Zambia. The specific objectives are to contribute to: (a) increase access to safe, sustainable and inclusive on site sanitation facilities; (b) increase access to efficient and sustainable faecal sludge management infrastructure and services; and (c) create opportunities for increased sub sector investments.
Description: The project will be implemented under two components with AWF support.
Component 1: Feasibility studies and engineering design consisting of activities that contribute to increase sustainable access to faecal sludge management infrastructure and services for people living in urban and peri-urban areas. It involves studies, including socio economic, technical, institutional and financial assessments, campaigns, baseline studies and technical assessments, site selection and investigations, engineering design for storage, collection and treatment infrastructure and services; and development of innovative strategies to promote and market FS reuse products, and preparation of investment and implementation plans to facilitate future investments, among others.
Component 2: Project management involves project and knowledge management activities.
The project’s direct beneficiaries are the Urban and Peri Urban Dwellers, Municipalities, Commercial Utilities, NWASCO and Sector Ministries. With realization of the downstream investments, the direct beneficiaries would be the (a) initial 2,400,000, and subsequently by 2030, the additional 1,004,000 urban dwellers without adequate access to sustainable and inclusive sanitation services. The study will likely contribute to the creation of about 200 new jobs following realization of the downstream investments. Other indirect beneficiaries are Private Sector Operators, local NGOs and CBOs, etc.
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