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The President of the Republic of Madagascar, the Honourable Hery Rajaonarimampianina, on Monday, July 14, 2014 received Mr. Chris Williams, the Executive Director of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), together with the Minister of Water Ndahimananjara Johanitam at the State Palace Iavoloha in Antanaviro.
They discussed how sanitation is a strategic point for social and economic development, and targeted investments will help improve the lives and working conditions of many people.
They also discussed the Fonds d’Appui pour l’Assainissement (FAA) programme, the first national sanitation programme supported with funds from the WSSCC Global Sanitation Fund (GSF). Launched in March 2010, the programme envisions "a Madagascar without open defecation" and therefore aims to contribute to the achievement of the Millenium Development Goals in the sanitation sector through the elimination of open defecation and improved access by the most vulnerable people to sanitation infrastructure.
The FAA was originally planned for 5 years, from March 2010 to March 2015, for an amount of US$ 5 million from WSSCC. In November 2013, it received an additional infusion of US$ 5 million and is extended until September 2016.
One of the main objectives of the visit by Mr. Williams is to examine the progress made by the FAA programme as one of the most successful national programmes in 11 countries supported by WSSCC through the Global Sanitation Fund. The visit also aims to support the country to find the necessary means to further strengthen its programme of support in the sanitation sector.
WSSCC is an organisation with members worldwide and is hosted in the United Nations system by UNOPS. Its mission is to ensure sustainable sanitation, better hygiene and drinking water for all. This institution administers the Global Sanitation Fund, facilitates coordination at national, regional and global level, supports professional development and speaks on behalf of the 2.5 billion people who still lack access to safe sanitation and hygiene.