At a ceremony under the chairmanship of the Honourable Adama Sall, Senegal’s Minister of Urbanisation and Sanitation, on 30 June 2010, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) committed to spend US$ 5 million in Senegal over the next five years through its Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) programme. Together with a similar amount prescribed for Madagascar in March, a total of US$ 10 million has been committed by WSSCC in 2010 through the world’s first multi-donor fund aimed at helping more people attain safe sanitation and practice good hygiene.
Executing Agency: AGETIP
The new Executing Agency responsible for in-country implementation in Senegal is AGETIP (www.agetip.sn), a national not-for-profit development agency. Over the last two years, a multi-stakeholder development and consultative process took place that culminated in the programme launch on Wednesday 30 June in Dakar. AGETIP, together with WSSCC and national partners (including soon-to-be-funded sub-grantees), have thus committed to improving health, environment and welfare levels through better demand-led sanitation and hygiene programming in Senegal.
Scope of work in Senegal: hygiene education, demand creation and awareness raising
The Global Sanitation Fund will work together with Senegal’s Ministry for Sanitation and Public Hygiene to reach the following objectives:
- Use of participatory techniques such as Community-Led Total Sanitation to end open defection and create demand for toilets;
- Improve sanitation services for communities that have received little or no national or international sanitation support;
- Raise awareness of good hygiene practices;
- Reduce diarrheal disease; and
- Increase schooling for girls
Global Sanitation Fund programme
The Senegal launch is the latest in the overall procurement and implementation programme being prepared by WSSCC and its Global Sanitation Fund programme in collaboration with partners in the initial GSF countries. In addition to Madagascar and Senegal, these countries include Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria Pakistan, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda.
The Governments of Australia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom are contributors to the Global Sanitation Fund.
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