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Water & Sanitation
Papua New Guinea
Wewak District is located within the north coast of Papua New Guinea and is one of six districts within the East Sepik Province. Only 37% of rural communities have access to a safe water supply. Many communities use unsafe traditional water sources and less than 1% of households in rural areas have a hand-washing facility near their toilet, compounding the risk of disease transmission.
The project aims to create models that can be replicable and scalable, increasing inclusive, district-wide access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
Population data from communities in Wewak District show that the islands have the highest need in the district, with 14 communities having no sanitation facilities at all. New water supplies are needed where there are only unimproved sources. The lack of water supply and the high water table on the islands makes it impossible to construct traditional pit latrines without contaminating water sources used for drinking water.
The project has completed a gender and social inclusion study which informed the WASH plan and ensures that the implementation is completed in an inclusive manner to ensure scalable, effective strategies for inclusive access to WASH.
Access to safe drinking water and sanitation are human rights, essential for life, health, dignity, empowerment and prosperity. WaterAid embraces the principles of equality and non-discrimination to ensure universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene. In recognition of gender based inequalities that prevent women and girls from enjoying their right to water and sanitation on an equal basis to men and boys, WaterAid works to strengthen systems that contribute to broader gender equality and social inclusion.
This project aims to support an improvement in the delivery of WASH services for Wewak District, East Sepik Province in Papua New Guinea. Not only will this promote more inclusive, equitable and sustainable access to the services but it will also promote the empowerment of women and people with disabilities. This will be achieved through support for the creation of, and effective participation in, decision-making fora associated with WASH service delivery, with the following goals:
Action-research will be undertaken to assess evidence of change and inform more effective ways of working in the District and the wider counts. Annual case studies will be developed exploring how and why change happened in relation to WASH, women in leadership and gender-based violence.
The implementation of this project is expected to have the following impact on the communities:
WaterAid is tackling barriers on Wewak Islands by:
The project is implemented with the following organisations:
The project recognizes government as a critical change agent, positioning them at the centre of development processes and works with them to design and implement an inclusive WASH plan that reflects their priorities, capacity development needs and service delivery approaches. Papua New Guinea has finalized 5-year WASH plans at district level and is fully committed to contributing to the global effort to achieve Sustainable Development Goal #6 “Ensure access to water and sanitation for all” by 2030.