Sustainable Solutions for the Delivery of Safe Drinking Water (SDSD)
The project targeted towards its grass root beneficiates to provide Sustainable Solution for delivery of safe drinking water through the direct participation by the said stakeholders in SDSD Phase II financed by SDC is being successfully implemented by DASCOH with the participatory joint approaches (technical assistance) of SRC since January 2009. The project is a follow-up project of SDSD Phase-I, which completed its activities, and aims to drawback the outcomes and impact through the beneficiaries’ social and community lives. It was designed for a period of two and half years from January 2009 to June 2011. It covers 17 unions of Rajshahi (6) and Chapai Nawabganj (11) districts where the vulnerable communities needed more follow up interventions and extended support to continue the outcome effects for their improvement as well as development in sustainable perspectives.
This project aims to strengthen the governance in the conceptual level of the UP body, improve technical skill and ability at the UP level and to improve sustainable and equitable access of the grass root, poor and disadvantaged women and households for drinking safe water and sanitation. In the second phase, the services have been more institutionalised at the local government (UP) level by partnering the programmes and designing the execution plan with participatory sharing approaches. Additionally the project explores an outcome to develop leadership from the poorer sections to exhibit and mobilise the pro-poor development as well as enhancing the access of respective poor women and the disadvantaged community (CBO) to receive services and building their household assets through capacity building and raising of voices of the poorest and most marginalised villagers.
At the beginning of 2010, the project implementing unit with the joint initiatives of the grass root and UP committee made a revised plan to focus the right and need based approaches (education, safe drinking water, sanitation, basic health of child and mothers, schooling and legal support to aware them of their rights and needs) to incorporate the stakeholders in the development process. The outcome would be empowerment and ownership building which would make the decision making process more efficient and improve the quality of delivery mechanism, develop partnering communication, commitment and provide refresher of the stakeholders to review the execution process and key strategies of the programme implementation. The beneficiaries and working Partners (UP and civil society, community organisations) were significantly improved in the governance issues at the local level as a result of the vigorous activities of the project on working groups, especially in the intervened group welfare legal aid, village court and information access to livelihood development. The project authority and organisation have started to chalk out the sustainability design with the strong participation of the counter partners and beneficiaries on implementation process. Project beneficiary are adopting the learnt practices in their daily lives and sharing with other group members.happy wheels game