Helvetas, through the Governance, Water and Sanitation Program (PROGOAS), supported the improvement of the living and health conditions of rural populations in the provinces of Cabo Delgado and Nampula, northern of Mozambique. The program has promoted the effective participation of citizens in local governance processes for improved and sustainable provision of services in the water and sanitation sector.
Launched in 2009, the project was implemented over a period of nine years in Nampula and Cabo Delgado, involving the communities of eight districts. In these districts, PROGOAS supported the local governments in effective and participative development planning and accountability, and in the water and sanitation sector oriented towards improved service delivery.
PROGOAS has created access to potable water for more than 200,000 people by building and rehabilitation of 465 boreholes and 2 small piped systems. The program's capacity building activities on managing and repairing water points have reached 140 artisans and 11,000 water and sanitation committee members (47% of those were women).
Around 460,000 people gained access to improved sanitation via individual and institutional latrines. The program supported 316 community development councils and 121 consultative councils, for example, participatory planning skills and community representation and organized training for more than 10,000 socially engaged citizens, of which 39% were women, on participation in planning and accountability processes, both introduced by PROGOAS.
Overall, there is enough evidence from the Beneficiary Assessment that PROGOAS has contributed to improving its beneficiaries' lives by enhancing WASH facilities availability and developing governance mechanisms.
The main results and impact of the program can be found in the following documents:
It should be noted that PROGOAS was funded by the Swiss Cooperation (SDC) and HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation.