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Scaling up integrated rainwater harvesting and management and complimentary livelihood systems in semi-arid districts of Kenya

July 2012 - The Kenya Rainwater Association (KRA) received € 690,000 grant to mainstream rainwater harvesting and management (RHM) in response to rural development challenges posed by climate change in drought prone regions of Kenya.


Improvement of waste management in Grand-Nokoué as part of a public-private partnership

January 2013- The Municipality of Seme-Podji received a € 1.1 million grant to finance the rehabilitation and improvement of waste management in Grand-Nokoue . This is expected to improve the lives and living conditions of the people of Grand-Nokoue, reducing the spread of water borne diseases, while making good use of the waste collected for treatment and reused as fertilizer sold to farmers at a competitive price.


Chitungwisa Water and Sanitation Project

August 2009 - The Municipality of Chitungwiza received a €2 million grant to finance the rehabilitation of the municipal water supply and sanitation systems and build institutional and community capacity for improved water and sanitation services to reduce the incidence of cholera. This will help stabilise the deterioration in the provision of water and sanitation services in the Municipality of Chitungwiza, and enhance institutional capacity for efficient and sustainable operation and management of the water supply and sanitation services for the future onward.


TREND Improved sanitation and water supply services

September 2009 - TREND (Training, Research and Networking for Development), a local NGO, received a €2 million grant to strengthen sector capacity for planning and delivery of pro-poor WASH services in urban areas through tripartite partnerships approaches involving the public, private and NGO sectors and to increase access to water supply and sanitation in the three pilot areas of Ashaiman, Mankessim and Huni Valley via the construction of infrastructure.


Community water management improvement project for traditional farmers in Mkushi, Masaiti, and Chingola districts

November 2009 – Development Aid from People to People (DAPP), a local NGO, received a €700,000  grant to strengthen traditional farmers' ability to efficiently manage on-farm water resources for enhanced productivity and income generation, thus facilitating the transition from subsistence farming to a more efficient and commercially oriented mode of production. In doing so, the project also addresses the issue of vulnerability of smallholder families to climate variability, both reducing their dependency on rain-fed farming and increasing their resilience to climate change.


Water operators partnership (WOP) peer-to-peer learning and benchmarking

November 2009 – Water Operators Partnership (WOP) received a €490,000 grant to improve service to customers through more sustainable utility operations including better quality of service, financial performance, technical performance and coverage. Financial performance improvement shall aim at increasing operation cost coverage ratio and collection efficiency, while technical performance shall primarily focus on the reduction of water losses.

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Improving access to water and sanitation for the urban poor in the city of Blantyre

December 2009 - The Center for Community Development (CCODE) received a €610,000 grant to improve the living conditions of a population of urban poor from the slums surrounding the City of Blantyre, Malawi, by facilitating access to water supply and sanitation in the form of a special revolving loan fund for water and sanitation investments for the urban poor; and to demonstrate and stimulate interest in the combination of water, sanitation and housing as an integrated approach to urban development in a context of rapid urbanization and the problems associated with urban slums.


Kawempe urban poor sanitation improvement (KUPSIP)

January 2013 - The Community Integrated Development Initiatives (CIDI) received a € 1million grant to provide sanitation facilities for households, schools and the public or urban poor areas.  This intervention will promote principles of sanitation marketing, offer a pro-poor sanitation financing mechanism for accessing affordable and improved sanitation infrastructure; define a sustainable faecal sludge management and safe reuse strategy; and develop strategies, information, education and communication tools to promote sanitation demand and promote better sanitation practices.


Fostering innovative sanitation and hygiene in Monrovia

January 2013 – The Monrovia City Corporation received a € 1.2 million grant to increase access to sustainable and affordable sanitation services with improved hygiene and livelihood for Monrovia’s urban poor. The specific objectives include increase access to safe, sustainable and affordable sanitation services; reduce the vulnerability of the urban poor populace to WASH related diseases caused by water contamination; implement an effective, efficient and sustainable fecal sludge management system with production of affordable fecal sludge fertilizer to increase food security.


Artificial recharge of Haouz ground water aquifer

January 2009 - The Government of Morocco received a €1.9 million grant to improve the management of water resources in the Haouz basin through artificial groundwater recharge. The Haouz groundwater aquifer constitutes a strategic resource to help improve the lives of the populations living in the area.