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Access to improved water supply in Somalia is estimated at 32%, while populations with improved sanitation are estimated at a staggering 24%, one of the lowest in the world. Recurring droughts, now a common natural feature of Somalia, combined with internal displacement and a deteriorated network of water points to compound poor access, forcing supply needs often to be met through emergency operations, such as water trucking. Lack of access to clean and safe water has exacerbated incidences of water-borne diseases especially cholera which is endemic in Somalia. This has contributed to a high under-five child mortality rate of 133 per 1,000 live births. Climate change continues to negatively impact Somalia’s ability to achieve food and water security. In rural areas, an inadequate network of pastoral water structures that supply both domestic and livestock water remains the major cause of conflict between pastoralists and settled communities.
Taking due cognisance of the fragile situation in Somalia - where 25 years of protracted conflict and increased violence has contributed to social insecurity and undermined service delivery; the water project concentrates on (i) construction/rehabilitation of simple rural water supply/sanitation systems to improve access to water and sanitation services and (ii) building the capacity of the MoEWR in enhancing service delivery. The adopted approach will contribute to both improving the quality of life for the beneficiaries and state building in Somalia
The overall objective of the project is to improve access to water and sanitation services in rural areas of Somalia and contribute to reduced infant and under-5 mortality caused by WASH related diseases.
1. Capacity Development
2. Water Supply and Sanitation Infrastructure for Stability and Resilience
3. Project Management
This relates to the day to day implementation of the project. It will entail the management cost of the Third Party Implementing Agency, as well as logistics and routine project operating expenses.