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 the 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 increasing 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.