Transforming rural livelihoods in Western Zambia - NRWSSP
The Government of the Republic of Zambia has received funding from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) to finance part of the National Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Program Phase II (NRWSSP II) in the Western province. Western province has the lowest rates of access for water supply and sanitation at just over 49% and 7 % respectively. In addition, the province has the highest poverty levels in Zambia: About 80.4% of the population in Western province is regarded as being poor, and with those in extreme poverty at 64%.
The principal objective of this program is to provide sustainable and equitable access to improved water supply and improved sanitation to meet basic needs for improved health and poverty alleviation for Zambia’s rural population in Western Province. The program contributes towards improving social conditions (i.e., health, education, income generation, empowerment, etc.) and transforming communities that they are better able to prepare for and respond to a wide range of changing conditions including climate change. The support covers all the 16 districts of Western Provinces.
The program is executed through the Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation, and Environmental Protection (MWDSEP) and aims at delivering interventions in the districts through the following major components:
Component I - Water Supply Infrastructure Development
Component II - Sanitation and Hygiene Education
Component III - Sector Development, Institutional Support and Capacity Building
Component IV - Program Management