To implement the National Water and Sanitation Policy (NWSP), the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources (MeWR) established the WASH Sector Policy Co-ordination Team (SPCT) to oversee and coordinate externally – focussed sector activities supporting the WASH policy. The SPCT manages and coordinates all actions needed to implement the NWSP and has representation from relevant sector actors.… Read More

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the framework that has been a key part of efforts to build a better world for the past 15 years – challenged the global community to reduce by half the proportion of the population without safe drinking water and basic sanitation. Throughout this period, the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) has monitored progress. As the MDG era comes to a close, this report shows how far we have come. For example, in a major global achievement, the target for safe drinking water was met in 2010, well ahead of the MDG dead-line of 2015. Over 90 per cent of the world’s population now has access to improved sources of drinking water. At the same time, the report highlights how far we still have to go. The world has fallen short on the sanitation target, leaving 2.4 billion without access to improved sanitation facilities.… Read More

Following two decades of centralised rule and 10 years of civil war, Sierra Leone does not have an adequate institutional framework for delivering its development goals relating to water and sanitation. The government has embarked on profound reform and transformation across the WASH sector. A significant part of this reform includes changes in the mandates, structure and responsibilities of a number of public sector institutions.… Read More

About    This report by the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP) confirms that advances continue to be made towards greater access to safe drinking-water. Progress in relation to access to basic sanitation is however insufficient to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target to halve, by 2015, the proportion of… Read More

It is sometimes difficult to explain maintenance to communities and to illustrate the importance of a preventive approach compare to reparation. The anecdotes included in this document are examples that can be used during awareness sessions and trainings with communities to pass the message that regular routine maintenance operations, quick management of small repair and small regular investments on maintenance avoid that it becomes a worse and more costly intervention or that it affects people more seriously.… Read More

There are many important reasons why women should be more involved in a community water resources project. In order to have more women’s participation, we need to better understand the role women play and how access to water can improve not only their own development but expand to many other opportunities. This note aims at giving some clues to increase women’s participation for decisions related to the management and maintenance of a collective good, the water supply infrastructure.… Read More