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. 


Community Managed Projects

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:

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Visit to Kebar Keshmando Kebele in BG

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.

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How are the women empowered in COWASH?

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.

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Vacancy announcement

Here is interesting Vacancy open:Max Foundation is planning a multi-million multi-year Nutrition-WASH Healthy Village program in Ethiopia, for which it is securing funding for Max Foundation and partners. We are now looking for a dynamic Country Director to start up and run the Max Foundation program and office in Addis Ababa, including creating new programs and partnerships and actively seeking donor funding for them.In this light, we are pleased to share with you the vacancy for Country Director of the Max Foundation Ethiopia Country office. The vacancy is also posted on EthioJobs. Deadline for application: 8th March 2019.The PDF file is attached here

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New link to Open WASH Documents

Link to Open WASH documents


Here is the link to Open University Open WASH documents for Ethiopia:


From this site you can download the following modules prepared in Ethiopia:


Count me in! Inclusive WASH in Ethiopia

WASH: Context and Environment

Urban Water Supply

Urban Sanitation and Solid Waste Management

Urban WASH: Working with People

Ethiopia’s One WASH National Programme

OpenWASH Trainers' Handbook


Scroll down to the module headings and click on ‘Try this course’. Then scroll down to find the separate Study Sessions which you can click on to view. Also, at the bottom of the list you will find downloadable pdf and Word versions of the whole modules (but they are very big files).

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