With a funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SDG WASH has been implementing an integrated WASH project in West Arsi zone of Oromia region since 2017. The project aims to reach 110,000, 130,000, and 77,000 people with access to safe and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene consecutively. It uniquely works to ensure ownership and sustainability by collaborating with the community, local government, and Micro Financing Institutions (MFIs)—blending donor funding and local resources to achieve WASH goals.


The SDG WASH uses sustainability clause between local government, Amref Health Africa and the donor to ensure that people who have gained WASH access will continue to access and uses the services gained during the life of the program for at least 15 years after the program ends. It uses post implementation checks as part of the sustainability compact- that is a three phased sustainability checks involving self, independent and external checks for facilitating monitoring and corrective management responses.


The project trains and builds the capacity of Woreda WASH teams on WASH budget planning and leveraging resources; develops new deep wells with full water supply distribution systems; and rehabilitates existing, non-functional water supplies that will reach communities in multiple villages. It partners and establishes WASH management information systems for decision support and establishes and trains WASHCOs and water caretakers to manage the water schemes and perform operation and maintenance and supply of tool kits. It aims to upgrade 20% of the communities’ sanitation systems via human centered design and market-based sanitation and develop customized modules for demand creation, supply, and sanitation financing. Gender equality and social inclusion specific activities work to ensure women and/or socially excluded groups are fully considered.

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