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Global Sanitation Fund Moves Ahead in Full Swing in Nepal

Posted 30 April, 06:22 pm

Although about 80 percent of the Nepali people have access to water supply facilities, only 43 percent have toilets. This is a major cause for the spread of water-borne diseases,which results in the death of about 10,500 children under the age of five each year. The Government of
Nepal has set a target of 100 % water and sanitation coverage by 2017, and it is working with various other organizations to meet this
target. One such initiative is the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) programme in Nepal, which was launched in October 2010 and is now moving ahead in full swing.GSF programme in Nepal will reach 5 districts, one from each Development Region of Nepal and will also cover the three ecological regions viz; Mountains, Hills and Plains. GSF has targeted 225 VDCs and 4 Municipalities from these 5 districts including an  additional municipality from Kailali District. During a meeting of the National Coordinating Body (NCB) for GSF in Nepal in early January,
the five focus districts were selected based on set criteria. The districts selected are Bajura,Bardiya, Arghakhanchi,Sindhupalchock and Sunsari. Similarly the municipalities which the GSF will work in are Dharan,Gulariya, Inaruwa, Itahari and Tikapur. In addition, the GSF also aims to support to the three sanitation model districts viz.Chitwan, Kaski and Tanahun that are driving to achieve total sanitation coverage.

The GSF Programme aims to stimulate community action for achieving open defecation free status through demand driven approach, develop capacity of stakeholders at all levels,strengthen national sanitation sector strategies and record and use lessons learned to support the scaling up in other districts focusing on strategies for accelerating progress towards the national and MDG sanitation targets.In order to achieve the objectives,GSF will be working closely with local partners, including central and local government bodies, Subgrantees and sector stakeholders.GSF has already shortlisted 27 potential Sub-grantees through call for expression of interest. Request for proposals (RFPs) have been issued for 11 sub-grants under the different components for Bajura and Bardiya Districts and Tikapur and Gulariya Municipalities for the first funding round. A two-day orientation workshop (20-21 April 2011) was recently organized prior to proposal submission for the shortlisted Sub-grantees in Kathmandu with an objective to provide basic understanding on GSF and sanitation sector activities and to clarify more on the pertinent issues. NCB members, Country Programme Monitor (CPM) and other concerned stakeholders including donors were also invited on the occasion in order to strengthen sector collaboration and coordination. The GSF programme plans to mobilize the Sub-grantees in the programme areas under first funding round by June 2011.