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usafi iringa

 

icona acquatansir Integrated environmental sanitation concepts for poor, underserved and peri-urban areas of Iringa Municipality

 

WHERE

Tanzania, Iringa Municipal Council

 

DURATION

From March 1st, 2014 to February 28th, 2019

 

 

CONTEXT

As the regional centre, Iringa Municipality is experiencing sustained rural–urban migration which results in high population growth rate and in an increase of unplanned settlements in its outskirts.
The average income per person is about 208€ per year. In the Municipality, the main diseases  for children under five are: malaria, Acute Respitratory Infection, pneumonia and diarrhoea.
Oftentimes, the spread of these diseases is caused by lack of drinking water, of adequate sanitation and, more broadly, by unsanitary environmental conditions. In addition, let it be noted that almost half of the 48 primary schools have inadequate water supply.
While statistics show a high sanitation coverage of the urban area, these data don't take into account the recent migrations and the constant growth of informal settlements in peri-urban areas.


 

OBJECTIVES

  • Improve health and sanitary conditions of poor communities living in peri-urban areas of the Iringa Municipality, paying particular attention to the environment and to the social and economic sustainability of the proposed solutions.

 

ACTIVITIES

 

  • Accurate assessment of the area's sanitary conditions and identification of the communities' main problems.
  • Identification and implementation of innovative sanitation systems that meet the needs of the community. These systems are economically accessible and environmentally sustainable based on the CLUES approach (Community Led Urban Environmental Sanitation) and on ROSA concepts (Resource-Oriented Sanitation).
  • Strenghtening and management of the various stages of the sanitation process: market evaluation and promotion of credit options for entrepreneurs and final users, technical and management training for technicians, entrepreneurs and local communities.
  • Optimization of management solutions for the supply systems of sanitation facilities: building of infrastructure and maintenance of systems, collection, transport, treatment and repurpose of fecal sludge and solid waste.
  • South-south exchange visits.
  • Development of a communication and awareness strategy on the topic of hygiene and sanitation aimed at starting a process of behavioural change in the involved communities.
  • Training of local authorities on teaching materials directed at the promotion of good hygiene practices.
  • Organization of hygiene promotion campaigns.
  • Promotion and marketing of low-cost technologies that test water quality and of solutions for the supply and treatment of household water.
  • WASH activity in schools.
  • Project and realization of household, municipal and institutional sanitation infrastructure.
  • Building of "water kiosks" in peri-urban areas lacking water.
  • Building of sanitation facilities in schools according to national SWASH guidelines.

 

IMPACT

Direct beneficiaries:

Population of target peri-urban area, pupils, patients of public health facilities, municipal authorities (IMC, IRUWASA) and private entrepreneurs, for a total of 170.000 people.

Indirect beneficiaries:

360.000 inhabitants of the Iringa Municipality and its surroundings.


 

SUSTAINABILITY

In all its dimensions, sustainability is a crucial part of this action. The development ofsustainable systems of water supply, sanitation and waste management is based both on appropriate technologies and on economic-financial and environmental sustainability.
From the point of view of political sustainability, the intervention is in line with existing policies and with laws that regulate the water and sanitation sector in Tanzania.
From the point of view of institutions, the Iringa Municipal Council and the Iringa Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Authority have been directly involved in the project from its inception and have taken part in its implementation as partners, especially with respect to infrastructural interventions, work supervision, hygiene promotion and to campaigns for demand's creation.


 

PROJECT SUMMARY
Total value:

 

1.834.509 €

Principal founder:

ue European Commission

 

Partners:

  • Iringa Municipal Council (IMC);
  • Iringa Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Authority (IRUWASA);
  • Maji na Maendeleo Dodoma (MAMADO);
  • Iringa Development of Youth, Disabled and Children Care (IDYDC)
  • University of Natural Resources and Life Science, Vienna (BOKU);
  • Università degli Studi di Brescia - Centro di docu-mentazione e ricerca sulle tecnologie appropriate per la gestione dell'ambiente nei Paesi in via di sviluppo (CeTAmb);
  • Medici con l'Africa CUAMM – Fondazione "Opera San Francesco Saverio";
  • International Centre for Water Management Services (CEWAS)

 

 


 

tourism against poverty

 

icona  internamultur zanzibarTourism strategies for fighting poverty in Burkina Faso, Ecuador and Tanzania

 

WHERE

Burkina Faso: Province of Tapoa, Municipalities of Diapaga, Tambaga and Logobou.

Ecuador: Province of Pichincha, 4 communities in Caspigasí, Pululahua, Santo Domingo and Rumi Cucho.

Tanzania, Zanzibar region: villages of Nungwi, Matemwe, Kiwengwa, Pongwe, Paje, Bwejuu, Jambiani and Chake Chake.

 

DURATION

From December 1, 2009 to March 31, 2013

 

CONTEXT

Burkina Faso
The W National park, in the province of Tapoa, is an important landscape and fauna heritage recognized by UNESCO. The populations living around the reserve however are excluded from using the land and natural resources of the park and live in conditions of mere subsistence.

Zanzibar
Zanzibar's economy depends largely on international tourism which however has a limited impact on the local populations. There is a lack of competences to find jobs in the tourism sector, as also to set up entrepreneurial initiatives associated with the tourism sector. Furthermore, the tourist areas are heavily threatened from an environmental perspective.

Ecuador
The area of Mitad del Mundo, which the project targets, hosts a museum-park which is the most popular attraction in the country, with about 700,000 tourists who, however, only stay the day, and disregard the surrounding area. This is an agricultural area, where the unregulated presence of quarries has determined considerable environmental deterioration. However the area also hosts important archaeological and nature sites like the Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve, various buildings of the country's colonial history and Inca sites.

 


 

OBJECTIVES

To improve the living conditions of the resident populations, enhance tourism related capacities and involve the local communities in services associated with non-traditional tourism (eco-tourism, sustainable tourism, community tourism ) to favour a participatory and sustainable development.


 

ACTIVITIES

Burkina Faso

  • Training in hotel management and tourist reception.
  • Support to participatory processes for territorial planning within the framework of local development plans.
  • Creation of a centre for ecotourism and environmental conservation functional to the environmental education of local youth and as a tourist attraction.
  • Creation of three community crafts centre.
  • Training of small tourism entrepreneurs and craftsmen.
  • Creation of 2 home-stays in the villages of Tambaga and Logobou.
  • Identification, development and promotion of nature tours (climbing on the Gobnangou cliffs, bike tour and on donkey back tides inside and outside the park).
  • Specialized training for the association of eco-guides of Diapaga.

Zanzibar

  • Training in hotel management and tourism reception.
  • Training of small and medium entrepreneurs in the tourist sector.
  • Creation of an agency for employment and technical and financial support to micro and small businesses (local crafts, food products, construction, services associated with tourism, etc.) .
  • Environment education in schools and strengthening of community organizations for the management of the environment, with particular emphasis on the problem of solid waste.
  • Promotion of community dialogue on tourist development and relative policies.

Ecuador

  • Training of hotel management and tourist reception.
  • Identification, development and promotion of tours and connected services.
  • Creation of a Tourist Agency, to promote and market a variety of tourist services offered by the local communities (tour guides, transport, catering, archaeological museum, etc.).
  • Training of eco-guides and development of nature and archaeology tours.
  • Creation of home-stay in Caspigasí del Carmen, Pululahua, Rumi Cucho, Santo Domingo and management training for the hosting families.
  • Environmental education courses for a participatory management of the natural resources of the Pululahua reserve.

Transversally to the intervention is the organization of national and international conferences, events, exchange visits for promotional purposes to share the best practices in pro-poor tourism in the three countries involved.

A website has also been developed dedicated to the activities implemented and the tourist attractions in four different languages.


 

IMPACT

Beneficiaries


Burkina Faso
approximately 9,000 people amongst rural poor, local artisans, local guides of the existing associations, children of school age, traditional authorities of the villages in the municipalities of Diapaga, Tambaga and Logobou.
Indirect beneficiaries are the populations of the districts of Diapaga, Logobou and Tambaga, for a total of 70,000 people.

Zanzibar
50,000 people who live in the project areas. Amongst these, the poor of the rural areas, local SMEs, CBOs, children of school age, students, local environment committees, NGOs in the villages of Nungwi, Pongwe, Zambiani, Chake Chake and unemployed (for a total of 1,400 people).
Indirect beneficiaries of the project are the communities of the entire archipelago for a total of 1,000,000 people.

Ecuador
5,550 people amongst unemployed and low income rural populations of the communities of Caspigasí, Pululahua, Santo Domingo, Rumi Cucho, Los Reales and Tanlahua.
Indirect beneficiaries of the project are also 30,000 people who live in the province of Pichincha.

 


 

SUSTAINABILITY

Ownership of the project's actions by the communities and local authorities is the key for a long term sustainability. To achieve this, local leaders, grassroots associations and local authorities in the three countries of reference have received training and placed in the conditions to operate independently, broadening their technical and administrative skills and their range of action.

  • In Burkina Faso, the campements communautaires will be managed by a local entrepreneur, but the property of the infrastructures will remain with the Municipality, or rather the local municipal authority which contributed to the process of creation of 3 Local Development Committees. These are organisms of representation of the various villages involved in the program and, with the support of the Tourism General Management, have been adequately trained to carry out an effective promotion on one hand and on the other to monitor and control the correct management of the infrastructures. The Development Committees can thus valorise the local cultural and natural resources, promoting community participation in its activities and consequently guaranteeing community ownership of the project and the transparent management of the infrastructures and of the correlated economic activities.

     

  • In Ecuador an association was established for this purpose, which will manage all the tourist reception facilities derived from the project, as well as all the tourist service "packages" created in recent years. This is the Red de Turismo that incorporates various local associations operating in the tourist sector, or in related sectors, and aims at developing locally managed community tourism. The members of this association have been duly trained, to enable long term funding of the association and to extend the area of intervention and the services provided.

 

  • In Zanzibar the project's strategy focused on the spreading of knowledge and capacity building at a local level, of various kinds, but all indispensible for increasing the quality of the tourist services offered locally. Particular importance was given to the environmental element, with the construction of 2 waste dumps and 4 centres for waste collection. Various local environmental associations have received training in services related to separate collection and disposal of waste, and we are working on the creation of a Stakeholder Committee that can correctly manage these activities, with the participation of representatives of the local communities, of the community based organizations, of the government and of the hotel sector.

 

PROGRAM SUMMARY
Total value:
1.841.533 €

Principal funder:

ue European Commission

 

Other funders:

FASI – Federazione Arrampicata Sportiva Italiana
WTO - World Tourism Organisation

Principal partners:

  • Zanzibar: Chamgamoto Life Preservation Fund
  • Burkina Faso: Comune di Diapaga
  • Ecuador: CODEZEQ (Corporacion de Desarrollo de la Zona Equinoccial)

 

Other partners:
AITR - Associazione Italiana Turismo Responsabile
HABS - Hands Accross Borders Society
Mowgli - Turismo responsabile, sviluppo sostenibile

 

WASH in Schools in Zanzibar

 

ico acqua internazanuni Scaling up School WASH Services through Zanzibar SWASH guidelines  by improving facilities & influencing positive behaviours  for better education.

 

WHERE

Tanzania, Zanzibar (Unguja)

 

DURATION

From 1st June 2014 to February 2015

 

 

CONTEXT

Many schools in Zanzibar are in a dire situation mostly characterized by an  insufficient water supply, absent or inadequate sanitation and hand-washing facilities. In some cases, facilities do exist but are broken down; untidy or unsafe. Latrine designs in most schools do not reflect needs of girls, pre-primary schoolchildren and those with disabilities. Schools characterized by the above pervasive situation in Zanzibar have a poor learning environment, absenteeism, underperformance and higher dropout rates.

The project will ensure to 6 schools a clean water supply and an adequate sanitation favoring, therefore, the establishment of a clean and healthy learning environment. ACRA works closely with the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training of Zanzibar and in collaboration with UNICEF. Added value of will be updating national guidelines SWASH (School Water, Sanitation and Hygiene).


 

OBJECTIVES

Overall objective:
The project proposes the implementation of the SWASH guidelines (School Water Sanitation and Hygiene) in 6 schools of Zanzibar archipelago (West and North A Districts of Unguja).

Specific objectives:  

  • Improvement of the WASH services in schools in Zanzibar through the provision of adequate latrines, facilities for washing hands and water supply facilities.
  • Strengthen the hygiene promotion through the creation of WASH committees in schools and a focused approach on the child, with particular interest on the proper use of drinking water, hand washing with soap, the proper use and maintenance of toilets and the management menstrual hygiene for girls.
  • Capacity building for school boards and teachers on managing SWASH through development plans, budget allocations, implementation and monitoring of the ongoing and ended projects made for the improvement of sustainability.
  • Pilot activities and update the SWASH guidelines.

 

ACTIVITIES

  • Construction of facilities in the 6 schools.
  • Set-up and implementation of training courses for teachers and schools committees (teachers and school committees will disseminate training contents to the others children).
  • Hygiene promotion campaigns through child-to-child approach and organization of motivational events.
  • The range of events implemented will be selected by the school management along with the teachers’ body, covering activities such as theatre, acting, drawing, in addition to activities in class.
  • Setting and distribution of O&M handbook for WASH facilities.
  • Training of teachers and students on handbook contents and preparation of schools agreements on O&M duties and responsibilities.
  • Set-up of the Permanent WASH Committee.
  • Final Review, Update, and validation of SWASH guidelines at the end of the piloting phase.

 

IMPACT

Direct beneficiaries:

8.300 pupils, 120 School teachers, 664 School Committees members, for a total of  9.084 people.

Indirect beneficiaries:

8 officials of the Educational District and other people of the District staff, staff MoEVT (Ministry of Education) and other stakeholders attending the sessions of the National Committee SWASH.

 


 

SUSTAINABILITY

A strong emphasis is given to the post construction activities to ensure regular and correct use and maintenance of the provided facilities. The mobilization and empowerment of school staff participating in the planning, implementation and management of their own services will ensure an enabling environment and the long-term success of sanitation improvements.
Furthermore, a Permanent WASH Committee will be institutionalized in order to supervise all WASH activities implemented by the MoEVT through its partners.


 

PROJECT SUMMARY

Total value:

 

505.419 USD

Principal founder:

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Beyond the project


 

 


Stone Town, a Heritage to save

 

ico educazione internazanher 1Zanzibar built heritage job creation

 

WHERE

Tanzania, Region of Zanzibar, Stone Town

 

DURATION

From 1st February 2014 to 31th January 2017

 

 

 

 

CONTEXT

The cultural heritage bear witness to the degree of our human and engeneering development attained through the ages. Nowadays we must face the challenge of keeping the skills alive in order to continue to conserve and maintain the vast range of historic properties of Stone Town, World Heritage Town. This project is willing to face this challenge by disseminating the understanding of preservation issues, on one hand, and by using the remarkable traditional craft skills and working with the original materials, on the other. University professors will be trained and some exam will be added  in Univerisity curricula to highlight the value of the preservation of historical Built Heritage.
Moreover, the creation of a database will improve Stone Town Conservation Development Authority (STCDA) management of the historical buildings and there will be a campaign to raise public awarness on the importance of preserving historic properties for future generations.


 

OBJECTIVES

  • To foster the economic development through the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage in Zanzibar.
  • To develop specific skills and knowledge to use the cultural heritage of the historic properties of Stone Town as an economic development tool.

 


 

ACTIVITIES

  • Training of local trainers.
  • Courses for students at Karume Technical College.
  • Creation of a curriculum of “Engeneering and Restoration”.
  • Realization of  a laboratory to analyze the of restoration building materials (together with Zanzibar University - SUZA).
  • Creation of a database of  Historic properties  for Stone Town Conservation Development Authority (STCDA).
  • Short courses and on the job training for 400 semi-skilled employed workers.
  • Training corse to tourist guides, tourist operators and building contractors;
  • Training of tourist guides and realization of tours linked to Build Heritage;
  • The activities of meetings among actors of building sector, public and private owner of historic propterties
  • Dissemination of guidelines on the proper conservation of  restoration metodologies;
  • Promotion in schools with teachers and students on the importance of studying and promoting cultural heritage.

 

IMPACT

Direct beneficiaries:

  • 400 semi-skilled workers
  • 75 studenti di ingegneria
  • 25 specialized operators
  • 172 between registered entrepreneurs of building sector and private and public  historical building owners
  • 50 tourist guides
  • 200 high school teachers and technical schools

For a total of approximately 922 people.

Indirect beneficiaries:

10.000 school students and 5.000 between stakeholder and local authorities involved, for a total of approximately 15.000 people.


 

SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability of the project will be assigned to a series of interrelated factors.

  • Technical elements: at a technical level, the project will train construction workers, students and specialized operators that will develop specific skills and knowledge on restoration techniques and materials. Moreover, the creation in the State University di of a laboratory for the analysis of Cultural Heritage will improve skills and specific knowledge also on material. The development of a database will allow the proper monitoring by public authorities on the future activities of restoration. Finally, the institutionalization of some new college curricula  at Karume Technical College on restoration techniques will allow the transmission of acquired knowledge.
  • Economic aspects: it is estimated that at least 80% of students,  specialized operators and turist guides involed in the project will be employed in the cultural sector in Zanzibar by the end of the project. This kind of impact will be a consequence of the increase in demand of the work field by local entrepreneurs of building sector and private and public historical building owners.
  • Social component: At least 10.000 students of schools involved in the project and 5.000 actors working in the cultural sector will participate in the activities of promotion carried out by the project.
  • Political factors: The project will support public authorities at different levels, strenghtening the istitutional level and providing them with tools that will increase the effectiveness of the action taken to preserve the Cultural heritage.

 

PROJECT SUMMARY
Total value:

 

1.193.806 €

Principal founder:

ue European Commission

 

Principal partner:

  • Zanzibar Stone Town Heritage Society (ZSTHS)

 

Other partner:

Stone Town Conservation and Development Authority (STCDA)

 

Beyond the project


 >>> Read the article at www.24tanzania.com

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Water User Association

Water User Association

inclusive business supplying water to 16 villages in rural areas of tanzania

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In 2009 ACRA established the Water User Association (WUA) in Tanzania . WUA is a community social enterprise supplying water to 16 villages and serving 50,000 people.

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To date, the organisation is ALMOST economically sustainable. It has set up a fund to pay for extraordinary maintenance expenses expected over the next 10 years, saving money each year from the ordinary operations (the tariffs applied to run the service).

The WUA also owns 173 acres of land planted with pine trees, which will provide a huge capital in 15–20 years’ time.

About 90% of customers pay the monthly tariffs.


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