COWASH-hanke on vuosina 2011-2019 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 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 2011-2016. 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.
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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Mohammed dichotomizes his likes for COWASH in two as personal and community. “Personally I have got a lot of things especially in areas of capacity building…I attended various training that enhanced my knowledge on WASH in general and community led accelerated WASH in particular….I like COWASH more because it is community centred and its programmes have a full buy-in from the community.” He added “COWASH increases ownership and hence the schemes are properly utilised and maintained; but what I feel to be the most important is creating community satisfaction is a bigger deal in COWASH.”
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A total of 13 male trainees attended the training in “leading/managing water supply and sanitation projects in Mombasa, Kenya facilitated by NETWAS. The trainees were from Oromia finance, water, education and health bureaus dealing with COWASH. The CMP Specialist from Federal COWASH team was also one of the participant. Three of the trainees were their first time out of Ethiopia. Training lasted from July 22 to August 6, 2018.
The training equipped the RWSC members on the technical and managerial issues of the WASH sector more and increased their knowledge and commitment to make knowledge based decisions and contributions to the ongoing WASH initiatives of the region in general and the COWASH project in particular. So they thank the COWASH project for arranging such a very important, timely and assistive training as it helped them to know what is going in the WASH sector outside of Ethiopia & drew good lessons.
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Antsokia woreda has started a new initiative of making the water supply accessible also to persons with disabilities on the constructed two rural piped systems (RPS) from gravity springs called Gumal Baynesgie (in 2008EFY) and Lemon Sorrow (constructed in 2005EFY), serving 500 and 501 households respectively.
The initiative to provide water directly to the households with persons with disabilities was started and pushed forward by the Woreda Water Office Head and CMP supervisor who wanted to ensure equitable access to water for all community members, mainly due to personal conviction that the issue is important and needs to be addressed.
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