Case Study

Technical Assistance for the Rural Water Supply & Sanitation Programme (Phase I & II)

Client: National Department of Health, Papua New Guinea– EU funding | Sectors: Natural Resources

The European Commission provided €25 million as a grant to finance a five year programme for a ‘Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme’, through two phases; Phase 1 (two years) and Phase 2 (three years). 

The focus of activities was on an inclusive approach to service delivery to engender community ownership and responsibility for maintenance of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation schemes, as well as providing essential training in health/hygiene, gender awareness, people and technical skills to support the schemes installation and maintenance. Implementation was facilitated by Non State Actors (NSA), mainly NGOs and Church Development Organisations, plus some Community based organisations and private sector enterprises.

The Programme used a Sector Wide Approach for the rural water supply sub-¬sector consistent with National Health Sector Policies, delivering new schemes, in line with national Health strategies for the sector. Overall, the project supported capacity building with all key stakeholders and engaged them in the development process to ensure both local ownership and sustainability within the communities in which the work was undertaken.

The Programme provided improved sustainable water supplies and sanitation facilities to rural communities throughout PNG. Coverage at the start of the programme was less than 20% at the end it was 85%.

Qualitative research findings back up anecdotal reports of health benefits including a 66% reduction in diarrhoeal disease, and a 60% reduction in (non-specific) skin disease.

Key Experts

Nick Smart Technical Director