Two new sanitation and hygiene projects kick off in Nepal


SNV Netherlands Development Organisation in Nepal has launched two new projects related to sanitation and hygiene that will contribute substantially to the country's effort to achieve its target of universal coverage for sanitation by 2017.

A special event organised in Kathmandu to mark the official launch of the Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for All programme was attended by the UK Ambassador, Mr Andrew James Sparks, the Australian Ambassador, Mr Glen White along with other high-level government officials from the Ministry of Urban Development, partner organisations, civil society and media person.

"The human right to access to sanitation is the basis for SNV's rural SSH4A programme. Through the successful programme approach, from 2011 to 2013 SNV Nepal supported approximately 240,000 people to gain access to sanitation in the remote districts of the Mid-Western Development Region. These two new donor-funded projects have expanded SNV's working areas in sanitation and hygiene to 15 districts, which also includes the terai belt where the pace of coverage and access to sanitation facilities is negligible when compared to the rest of the country," says Claire Finas, Country Director, SNV Nepal.

Funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), the Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for All (SSH4A) Results Programme will support more than 240,000 people to improve their sanitation and hygiene situation in the country. In Nepal, the target districts for the UK DFID funded SSH4A Results Programme (2014-2018) include Banke, Surkhet, Dailekh, Mugu, Humla in the Mid-Western, and Siraha and Saptari in the Eastern development region.

The multi-country SSH4A-Results Programme is being implemented in 9 SNV countries across Asia and Africa, including Nepal.

Similarly, the Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for All (SSH4A) project funded by the Civil Society WASH Fund of the Department of Foreign Aff¬airs and Trade (DFAT), Australia and the Ministry for Foreign Aff¬airs (DGIS), The Netherlands will enable access to sanitation and hygiene to 270,000 people. This SSH4A Civil Society WASH fund programme is being implemented in Bhutan and Nepal.

The target districts for the DFAT Australia and Netherlands Ministry for Foreign A¬ffairs (DGIS) funded SSH4A (2014-2018) project in Nepal include Kalikot, Jumla, Dolpa, Rukum, Rolpa, Salyan in the Mid-Western and Mahottari and Sarlahi in the Central Development region.

Since 2008, SNV Nepal is working in the rural WASH sector to strengthen the capacity of government, private sector agencies, civil society and other WASH stakeholders to deliver sustainable sanitation and hygiene services in our programme areas.