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Transparent Governance for Water, Sanitation and Health – GoTAS (Mozambique)


Direction du Développement de la Coopération (Suisse)

Titre : Transparent Governance for Water, Sanitation and Health – GoTAS (Mozambique)

The objective of this project, which builds on Swiss Cooperation extensive experience in Local Governance, Water and Sanitation and Health Promotion in Mozambique, is to improve the living conditions of the population in the North of the country through increasing access and use of WatSan infrastructures, strengthening the local governance system, and reinforcing the links between Health promotion and WatSan regarding hygiene and sanitation for an increased impact on the health status of the women and men.

Pays/Région : Mozambique

Durée : 01.10.2012 - 31.12.2017

In Mozambique, the mechanisms of accountability to citizens are still weak and/or nearly inexistent, particularly at the local level. Usually, the local Government does not provide information to the population about plans and budgets pertaining to the provision of basic services, and when it does such information is partial. The civil society is relatively new and lacks the experience to demand from the government compliance with the basic rights of communities and the adoption of regular accountability mechanisms. The decentralization process in Mozambique is gaining importance in WatSan sector, but the strengthening of local service delivery capacities continues to be a considerable challenge and more efforts are needed to promote a vibrant civil society capable of demanding high quality service. In the Niassa Province, only 42% of the rural population use safe drinking water and 0.6% use improved sanitation facilities. This situation has significant consequences on the health status of the population as more than 80% of diarrhoeal diseases are attributed to unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene practices. Within this context, the provision of quality public services that meet the priorities of communities remains a big challenge, especially in what concerns the supply of rural water and sanitation, which are crucial aspects to reduce poverty

Objectifs : Improve the livelihoods of rural populations in the three target districts through the effective decentralisation of water supply and sanitation provision services, and the active participation of organised citizens in the decision-making process, demanding increased response and transparency.

Groupes cibles  : The main target groups are the citizen’s of the 3 districts selected in the Niassa Province (roughly 265’000 persons). CBOs and Civil Society Organisations will also benefit from the project, as well as the local authorities (province and district) and private service providers working in WSHP.

Partenaires  : Niassa Provincial Government * Provincial Directorate of Public Works and Housin * Provincial Directorate of Planning and Finance * Provincial Directorate of Health * District Governments of Chimbunila, Lago and Sanga

Budget  : CHF 6’300’000

Coopération Suisse

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