Towards strategic WASH sector development planning in Southern Sudan
Updated - Tuesday 14 September 2010
UNICEF Southern Sudan has signed an institutional contract with IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre to provide support to the Government of Southern Sudan and its WASH sector partners in developing a strategic approach to its sector development. Funding is provided by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Khartoum.
IRC support will address the current lack of WASH sector development direction, focus and coherence among a very wide range of various national and international stakeholders. The provision of strategic frameworks for each of four key sub-sectors and scenarios for sector governance, will contribute to making the sector policy developed in 2009 operational. These frameworks will provide a good basis for subsequent development and costing of state and national multi-year development plans, which are a pre-requisite for increased foreign investment.
A multi-disciplinary IRC team started work in early July in Juba, Southern Sudan, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, the UNICEF WASH team and a wider group of key sector players and financing partners.
The support is structured in three phases, the current phase 1 until end February 2011 aims to provide a strategic framework the following four WASH sub-sectors:
- Water Resources Management (WRM),
- Sanitation & Hygiene (S&H) ,
- Rural Water Supply (RWS) and,
- Urban Water Supply (UWS).
Support to sector governance
Support to the WRM framework will include advice on sector governance and a possible creation of a “WASH council”. The framework, to be endorsed before the national referendum scheduled for early January 2011, will be based on country wide and multi-level sector consultations.
Phase 2 will focus on the elaboration of 2011-2015 strategic sector development plans, both nationally and for the ten states. Costing and financing mechanisms for these are to be elaborated in phase 3. This support project is scheduled to be completed by end 2011.
By Peter Bury
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