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Project : Programme d'Appui au Secteur Eau, Hygiène et Assanissement au Niger (PASEHA2), 2012-2016

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01-01-2012 - 31-12-2016
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Within the context of Niger's poverty reduction strategy, the programme aims to strengthen the capacity of the state to sustainably manage the water resources and improve the access to drinking water in the Zinder and Diffa regions, where large population groups are excluded from such access. The programme also aims to improve public health through support to information campaigns on hygiene and through the construction of public and private latrines. The programme has two components. The objective of the first component is to improve access to safe drinking water in rural areas and villages in Zinder and Diffa regions in the southeast of Niger as well as to strengthen the capacity of central and local water authorities to manage the water resources. 160.000 persons will get access to safe drinking water through the drilling of new wells and construction of distribution networks, as well as through the rehabilitation and up-scaling of existing infrastructure. Some installations will further serve farm animals. The sustainable management of the water ressources through the involvement of the private sector and local authorities is a central theme in the support. At the administrative level the programme, shall contribute to the development of a national water strategy which shall serve as a planning framework for both donors and national actors towards achieving the 2015-goals, and which shall ensure sustainable management and use of water resources. The second component aims to reinforce the positive effects of increased access to safe drinking water in terms of improved public health by increasing the availability of public and private latrines in the Zinder and Diffa regions. This will be achieved by the construction of latrines in schools, markets and selected private residences, while campaigns will be conducted to improve awareness of hygiene issues. The programme is expected to improve the access to latrines of an estimated 532.000 persons.


Weak capacities in the target institutions as well as general weaknesses in the public financial management system pose difficulties. However progress has been achieved in the programme approach following national procedures. The security situation in Niger in general and in the program area in particular has deteriorated significantly due to Boko Haram attacks. So far water supply infrastructure works largely follow schedule, but it is very uncertain whether this will continue.

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Component 1; The drinking water supply component is on track, and the expected results have been delivered on time. Regarding the Water Resources Management part of this component, the activities formulated originally were limited to the regions of Zinder and Diffa. However, meanwhile, Niger has embarked on a national water resources management plan (PANGIRE) in collaboration with several donors, e.g. AfDB, WSP of World Bank and others. The PASEHA2 contributes i.e. with financing of a number of studies paving the road for the real elaboration of the PANGIRE. Groundwater monitoring infrastructure in terms of piezometric wells has been accomplished in the two programme regions Zinder and Diffa. Component 2; Promotion of hygiene and sanitation is implemented in collaboration between the Ministry of Water and the Ministry of Health. This component is lagging behind its time schedule. Lack of sufficient agents from the Ministry of Health attached to the regions of Diffa and Zinder; insufficient planning in advance of interventions, leading to late release of funds for the health workers to undertake their duties, too little support form Ministry of Water to the sanitation component, all contribute to the usual image of sanitation being a stepchild compared to water supply. However, the Ministry of Water does not have the knowledge, which the agents of the Ministry of Health possess on hygiene promotion and sanitation, so the two ministries have to collaborate. However compared to the slow start of the programme, the collaboration between the two ministries at the regional level had considerably improved.