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GoAL WASH Liberia

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5888268 km2
Countries
Brazil; Peru; Suriname; France; Colombia; Guyana; Bolivia; Venezuela; Ecuador
Cities
Santa Cruz; Manaus; La Paz
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Countries: Liberia
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Project SDGs:
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Integrated Water Resource Management (SDG 6.5)
Services Needed: No services needed/offered
Project Type: Collective Action
Language: English
Start & End Dates: Sep. 2010  »  Ongoing
Project Website: www.watergovernance.org/sa/node.asp?node=1329
Project Source: User
Profile Completion: 53%

Project Overview

After 23 years of civil war Liberia is currently in a period of transition. The war significantly undermined the delivery of water and sanitation services. Safe drinking water coverage fell from 37% in 1990, to 17% at the end of the war in 2003. Access to sanitation fell from 17% in 1990 to about 7% in 2003. Water governance in Liberia is fragmented between numerous line ministries and state actors, preventing the sectors’ recovery after years of conflict. There is cur...

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After 23 years of civil war Liberia is currently in a period of transition. The war significantly undermined the delivery of water and sanitation services. Safe drinking water coverage fell from 37% in 1990, to 17% at the end of the war in 2003. Access to sanitation fell from 17% in 1990 to about 7% in 2003. Water governance in Liberia is fragmented between numerous line ministries and state actors, preventing the sectors’ recovery after years of conflict. There is currently no regulatory agency for the water and sanitation sector. Current standards are limited and often non-existent, resulting in poor service, unpaid bills and underfunded WASH services. A functioning regulatory body is seen by most stakeholders in Liberia as the key institution needed to drive progress in the sector. The UNDP GoAL WASH programme is supporting the development of Liberia’s WASH Sector regulation by making operational the country’s regulator, the Water Supply and Sanitation Commission (WSSC). The WSSC will be responsible for regulation of tariffs, licenses for water and sanitation supply, Public Private Partnerships, service standards, and water laws compliance – in order to ensure that water and sanitation services are provided in an efficient, fair and sustainable manner.

Project Results

UNDP GoAL WASH played a leading role supporting a Joint Donor Mission in 2011 and mobilising support for the Liberia WASH Compact – signed by the President in January 2012. It has also helped to establish the National Water Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Committee, comprised of senior technical staff from relevant ministries, UN agencies, civil society and the private sector. The National Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Committee has been mobilised and is mee...

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UNDP GoAL WASH played a leading role supporting a Joint Donor Mission in 2011 and mobilising support for the Liberia WASH Compact – signed by the President in January 2012. It has also helped to establish the National Water Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Committee, comprised of senior technical staff from relevant ministries, UN agencies, civil society and the private sector. The National Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Committee has been mobilised and is meeting every second Thursday. As intended the Committee has become the key driving force in the sector and these meetings are well attended by all major stakeholders in the sector. The building blocks are in place for the appointment of the Water Supply and Sanitation Commission team, the organogram has been developed, job descriptions written and salaries defined. The recruitment process will be driven by the Ministry of Lands Mines and Energy and is expected to begin before the end of 2012.

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