Water Sector Development Program - Water Service Trust Fund
The overall objective of the GIZ water sector reform program is to increase sustainable access of the urban poor to safe drinking water and basic sanitation and to improve water resources management. During the second phase of the program the four components of the program were (1) support to the Ministry of Water and Irrigation in the sector reform, (2) regulation of the water sector, (3) poverty-related funding through the Water Services Trust Fund (WSTF) and (4) strengthening the capacity of the Water Resource Management Authority (WRMA).
GFA established Component 3 - it aimed at establishing suitable financing mechanisms related to the provision of water supply and sanitation services for the urban poor. The integration of services in the framework of socially responsible commercialization and the establishment of integrated information systems were key elements.
The project embedded the follwing main parts:
1. Capacity and organizational development of the WSTF and commercialized water service providers (WSPs) to increase sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation for the urban poor,
2. development of a national standard for pro-poor service provision
3. development of an up-scaling concept to improve access to basic sanitation on household as well as on plot level in urban low-income areas,
4. support to the implementation of the Up-Scaling Basic Sanitation for the Urban Poor (UBSUP) Program co-funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and
5. development of a monitoring system for all funded infrastructures.
The implementation of UBSUP is a significant expansion of the previous work of the WSTF and builds on existing experience in up-scaling. It is aligned to national strategies and will significantly build capacities for sanitation within the sector.