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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.

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Call for Comments: Sanitation – A human rights imperative

COHRE, WaterAid, UN-HABITAT and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) are collaborating on a publication that discusses definitions, the legal basis and standards for the right to sanitation. The publication clarifies the benefits of using rights based principles in addressing the sanitation crisis and outlines priorities for governments, international organisations and civil society in implementing the right to sanitation. A final draft is available for review at www.cohre.org/sanitation. Please send any comments and feedback to virginia@cohre.org by 15th June 2008.

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