Recognizing the critical importance of placing communities at the center of WASH service delivery, this project was conceived with experiences from earlier interventions while integrating Village Savings and Loans scheme into alternative financing models for sustaining water facilities at the community levels. For this project, nine communities were targeted across the Western Urban and Rural Districts; building capacities, raising awareness and strengthening WASH Management structures. Community-driven approaches to water management are often used to encourage citizens involvement in improving health while adapting to climate change vulnerabilities to water services; however, evidence of impact of such approaches is mixed and incomplete. The Adaptive Capacities of Water Services to Climate Change project therefore was initiated in order to meet this knowledge/capacity gap, testing whether community-centered water supply interventions can improve multiple sectors including education for kids, health, gender-based violence among others – and when and how improvements occur.

Many of the persistent problems of water related diseases occur at the local level, and many have touted the potential of community-led approaches such as WASH management Teams and Village Savings and Loans to overcome many of these WASH system breakdowns.

WASH-Net and YPPD’s people-centered engagement efforts are therefore significantly supporting the role of communities in sustaining water supply and sanitation service delivery in the midst of climate change vulnerabilities.

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