New engagement opportunities with India and Togo Global Sanitation Fund programmes

Last updated: Tue, 10/30/2012 - 16:15

Non-governmental organizations, civil society groups and private sector companies are invited to explore engagement opportunities with two Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) programmes, India and Togo.

The India GSF programme, via its Executing Agency NR Management Consultants Pvt. Ltd. India (NRMC), has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (EoI) for the second round of funding of its national programme. The EoI Form and other detailed information can be accessed here. The deadline is 16 November 2012.

WSSCC is also seeking proposals to serve as Country Programme Monitor for its Togo programme. The relevant submission information and documents can be accessed here, and the application deadline is 12 November 2012.

India Global Sanitation Fund programme
On 31 January 2012 the Indian GSF programme reported 25,000 people having attained improved toilets, and the same number living in ODF environments. By 30 June these figures grew to 388,434 and 42,150, respectively. 

The Indian programme collaborates closely with the Indian Government’s Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) and has strong Local Government support. The Executing Agency, NRMC India Private Ltd., has worked with UNICEF and the World Bank Water and Sanitation Programme (WSP) in Jharkhand, where sub-grantees have fanned out across the state to do community-level sanitation promotion. Assam, however, has proven more challenging due to weak NGO capacity. Therefore, WSSCC scaled back its planned GSF work in the state, reinvesting some funds in Jharkhand and exploring engagement in Bihar, which will launch its state programme on 21 November 2012. 

For more information about the Indian programme, click here.

Togo Global Sanitation Fund Programme
The GSF programme was recently approved for funding in Togo and will play an important role in raising the profile of sanitation and contribute to the country’s efforts to achieve the MDG sanitation target. The programme targets three of the most vulnerable regions where sanitation coverage is as low as 10 percent.

Following its selection as a country eligible for GSF funding, Togo, through its Ministry of Health, quickly set up a Programme Coordinating Mechanism (PCM) with representatives from civil society, private sector, relevant line ministries and United Nations agencies involved in water, sanitation and hygiene work. 

In 2011 the PCM formulated a five-year programme to promote improvements in sanitation and hygiene. The rural and semi-urban populations of the three targeted regions face a severe shortage of facilities and services. As a result, extremely low levels of adequate sanitation and hygiene practices exist.

For more information about the Togolese programme, click here.