Local Governance and Water & Sanitation in Mozambique

In Northern Mozambique, where poor communities have very little access to public services, such as water and sanitation, health and education, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation empowers communities for increased political participation and facilitates public service delivery in the area of water and sanitation.
The project supports rural communities to get organised, for better planning and getting a voice. It focuses on building both the capacities of civil society, as well as, service providers in decentralised planning and water and sanitation. The general approach of the project has a two-fold emphasis: On the one hand, it focuses on enhancing political participation through capacity building of civil society organisations in development planning and linking up to district governmental tiers (demand side). On the other hand, it facilitates improved public service provision through technical assistance and the provision of sector funding at district level for projects in the area of water & sanitation (supply side).

The story of the Ngura community in Cabo Delgado, a province located within a National Park, show the impact of the project. The community had no access to clean drinking water and was using local water sources, which were also used by wild animals thus contributing to conflicts between humans and wildlife. Prior to project interventions, they had made many petitions for water to the local government, with no result. With the support of the project, they formed a Community Development Committee and a Water committee and elaborated their own community development plan, including drinking water supply. The committees lobbied on behalf of the community with the District council and convinced them to integrate their community development plan into the district plan. In this way, they managed to get a water supply system installed with support from the district government. As the project works on water and sanitation jointly (clean environment around the water supply, handwashing after use of toilet, etc), the water supply not only contributes to minimising the conflict between humans and wildlife, but also reduces water-borne diseases such as diarrhea and cholera.

project impact

36,835 Number of people who got direct access to water from a newly built or rehabilitated source in 2016.

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