COWASH-hanke on vuosina 2011-2020 toimiva Suomen ja Etiopian hallitusten välinen kehistysyhteistyöhanke, joka tukee vesi- ja sanitaatioprojektien toteuttamista soveltaen yhteisövetoista lähetymistapaa (CMP) viidessa osavaltiossa ja 76 kunnassa. Tämä innovatiivinen toimintamalli on kehitetty Suomen rahoittamissa vesihankkeissa 2000-luvulla. Mallin mukaan paikalliset yhteisöt tai koulut ja terveysasemat hakevat rahoitustukea oman vesipisteen tai käymälän rakentamiseen ja vastaavat itse oman vesihuoltonsa rakennuttamisesta, hankinnoista ja hallinnoinnista. Tältä sivulta löydät tietoa suomeksi COWASH-hankkeesta ja CMP-lähestymistavasta.
This website provides information on the Community Managed Project (CMP) approach to rural water supply and institutional sanitation in Ethiopia. The approach includes important innovations in financing, putting communities at the centre of development and enabling government to support faster delivery of new services to more people. The approach is currently supported through Community-Led Accelerated WASH (COWASH) project that runs in 2011-2020. COWASH is to contribute to the achievement of universal access to WASH in rural WASH and it is currently supporting the implementation of CMP in 76 districts in rural Ethiopia.
Latest COWASH Brochure can be downloaded from here:
Positive feelings and great expectations fill the visitors from Embassy of Finland, Regional WASH sector bureaus, COWASH Federal and Regional teams and Bambasi woreda water office when visiting in Gott 1 water scheme and Keshmando secondary school in Nebar Keshmando Kebele in Bambasi Woreda of Benishangul Gumuz Region.
The gender dimension of Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene is critical. Women and girls bear the main burden for collecting water in households where water is collected from some distance. The time and energy devoted to perform this task is considerable that could be applied to productive and personal development activities. Inadequate or no access to sanitation affects women and girls in many ways: they have to wait until dark to go to toilet and this leaves them vulnerable to attacks. They eat and drink less to avoid the need for day time toilet use. IN the absence of water and sanitation facilities, girls are most likely to miss classes if they are menstruating. Women also suffer during menstruation and pregnancy time. Access to water and improved sanitation services enable women and girls to lead healthier and dignified life.
Read here more on how are the women empowered in COWASH:
Farewell News on the pass away of Mulugeta Asfaw, 11 March 2019
It is with regret that we hear the tragic accident on Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302/10 March 2019. Now, it is confirmed that the accident has claimed the lives of 149 passengers and 8 crew members on board.
We, in COWASH, are very much saddened to inform you that our Regional staff, Ato. Mulugeta Asfaw, from Southern Nations and Nationalities Region, has passed away in this tragic accident.
Mulugeta was our Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist in COWASH Regional Support Unit, (RSU) in Hawasa. He joined the RSU team last year as Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist. He was on his way to an advanced capacity building project management training to Kenya.
Mulugeta was born and raised in Addis Ababa. By training he is an Economist and obtained his Master’s degree in Economics from Addis Ababa University.
Mulugeta is married and father of three boys.
COWASH Federal team is in deep shock and we express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives yesterday and to the family of Mulugeta in particular.
We ascertain to stand with the family in this difficult time and we once again wish rest in peace to the deceased and consolation to the family.
News of the incident is available at
Commission on the Status of Women has prepared draft conclusions for "Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls."
The draft contains a dedicated paragraph on WASH with special attention to be given to accountability frameworks and parity in leadership.:
“Guarantee the availability of clean water and safe sanitation for women and girls, including for menstrual hygiene management, in homes, schools, health clinics, transportation hubs, refugee camps, government offices, work sites and other public places; (E/CN.6/2019/3,”
(ff) “Promote the full and equal participation and leadership of women and women’s organizations in policy dialogues and decision-making relating to social protection systems, public services and sustainable infrastructure; (E/CN.6/2019/3, para 43, (ff))”
You can find whole draft Conclusions here:
(gg) “Create and strengthen gender-responsive accountability mechanisms, such as
gender audits, and include beneficiaries and users in the evaluation of social protection, public
services and infrastructure projects; (E/CN.6/2019/3, para 43, (gg))”