Oxfam presents Tajikistan Water Supply and Sanitation Project




November 10, 2009, Amrita Kargizova



DUSHANBE, Asia-Plus -- Presentation of the new project, Tajikistan Water Supply and Sanitation, is scheduled to take place at the Kokhi Vahdat State Complex in Dushanbe on November 12.


According to Ms. Yelena Akhmedova, the project media & communications officer, the project is implemented by Oxfam GB with financial support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).


The first working meeting of the organizations of the Network on Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation will be held after the presentation.


The main goal of the presentation is to inform the participants about the objectives and the main components of the project, Tajikistan Water Supply and Sanitation; to attract the attention of the government structures, donors, international and non-governmental organizations, private sector and public in general to the issues related to the rural water supply and sanitation.  It is also expected to create a Network of partnering organizations to address the sustainability issues and promote sustainable projects in water supply and sanitation sector.  This network will include the representatives of the government structures, local authorities, international and non-governmental organizations, donor agencies, private sector and civil society.  The main objectives of the Network include sharing experience and information and implementation of pilot projects in two districts of Khatlon.


According to the National Program on Potable Water Supply for 2007-2020, more than 7 million people now live in Tajikistan.  Only 52 percent of them have access to a safe water supply in rural areas and only 20 percent is provided with water from central water supply systems.  The rest of the population consumes water from different sources (water springs, wells with manual pumps, irrigation ditches, canals, atmospheric fallout, etc.), which do not comply with sanitary-hygienic standards.  Only three percent of rural residents are connected to proper sewerage. Access to sanitation is greatly hampered by the quality and cleanliness of sanitation facilities.


Most of the efforts to rehabilitate and construct the water supply systems have failed due to inadequate legal and institutional basis, lack of effective management mechanisms in water and sanitation sector, lack of clarity in terms of roles distribution among the government and non-government actors, as well as the poor tariff policy, lack of qualified specialists, low awareness level of the population on the rational use of water resources.


The program of the events also includes demonstration of a documentary “Water is Life” made by reporters of TV national channel, Safina.


The Tajikistan Water Supply & Sanitation project was launched in June 2009 and will finish in 2012.  A total cost of the project is CHF 4 million.  The main components of the project include support for the Government of RT to create favorable conditions for the development of the rural water supply and sanitation sector, establishment of the network of organizations, building the local capacities, establishment of water trust funds in order to support investment to the sustainable project activities in targeted areas.


Switzerland has supported the reform process in Eastern Europe since the early 1990s.  The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is responsible for the overall coordination of development activities and cooperation with Eastern Europe, as well as for the humanitarian aid delivered by the Swiss Confederation.  SDC is part of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).


Oxfam GB is a member of Oxfam International.