Oxfam presents Tajikistan Water Supply and Sanitation Project
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
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.
Oxfam GB is a member of Oxfam International.