Bangladesh: WaterAid gets Swiss and Swedish grants for WASH projects

WaterAid has signed funding agreements with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) for two WASH projects in Bangladesh.

Photo: WaterAid/ Abir Abdullah & ASM Shafiqur Rahman

SDC and WaterAid signed a grant agreement on 30 November 2011 for a 316 million Taka (US$ 3.84 million) three year rural WASH programme. SDC will provide 265.5 million Taka (US$ 3.23 million), and WaterAid the rest. If successful, SDC will extend support for another 3 years.

Most of the funding will go the ‘Promotion of water supply, sanitation and hygiene in hard -to-reach areas of rural Bangladesh’ project, which aims to provide safe drinking water to 500,000 rural people, latrines to 1.3 million and hygiene education to another 1 million people. WaterAid’s inclusion and climate change programmes will also benefit.

The second WaterAid initiative to receive support is the “Promoting Environmental Health for the Urban Poor (PEHUP)” project, which will be implemented in 3 major cities (Dhaka, Chittagong and Khulna) over a period of five years. Sida signed a cooperation agreement on 20 November 2011 to support this project with a 41 million Krona (US$ 6 million) grant, while WaterAid will provide 20% in match funding.

The project will provide WASH services to 340,000 urban poor people and mobile and public toilets for 1.6 million users.

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Source: WaterAid, 30 Nov 2011; WaterAid, 20 Nov 2011

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