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Central America municipal WASH services support

This program focus on the Democratic governance of water resources, by strengthening the capacities of local municipalities and stakeholders in designing and implementing comprehensive low-scale and low- cost Water Master Plans, by enhancing the participation of the private sector in the water resources management (WRM) and by supporting the community-based water operators in networking and in developing social business skills to provide quality services.

Main program focus also include the participatory designing/monitoring of Water and Sanitation safety plans; the program adopts a NEXUS perspective (Water-Food-Energy) by analysing trade-off of new investments in the area and by accompanying the productive use of water resources in the agricultural sector.


central america

target population


Nicaragua: Río S. Juan, RAAN y Las Segovias
El Salvador: Morazán Norte; Honduras: departamento de La Paz

target population

total investment so far
(milion €) 8,53 €


local membership

  • Member of WASH NGOs network in Honduras (RASHON) El Salvador (RASES) e Nicaragua (RASNIC).
  • Chair of board of directors of RASNIC
  • Coordinator of RRASCA (Red de redes CA de agua y saneamiento)

Main program Partnerships

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 NZV (Autoridad del Agua

del Norte de Holanda)

 DWA  asodelco nicaragua
sancarlos marcala  Municipios Norte Morazan


main financial partners



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FISE (Institución Nicaragua

responsable de las inversiones

WASH rurales)

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main achievements

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design and piloting
of the national bcc tool

manejo y gobernanza
de recursos hídricos a nivel de microcuencas y subcuencas

organización de Foros Nacionales de Agua y Saneamiento en Nicaragua

Tools and skills developed

  • Community-based water supply

  • Pressurized and gravity-fed multi-village water schemes

  • Market-based, Municipal Sanitation

  • Behavioural change communication / Hygiene promotion

  • Water Resources Management

  • Water master planning

  • Democratic governance



Framework programme

to be designed

Ambitions 2015/2020

  • To Set-up of a social enterprise to deliver WASH services and technical assistan ce to the Central America municipalities through OBA mechanisms
  • To spread Water Master Plans methodology with Water/Energy/Food NEXUS approach at municipal or inter-municipal level
  • To introduce and diffuse Water Safety Planning approach 
  • To support the community-based service providers in developing inno vative models of water management and democratic governance