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Latin American Small Towns in Focus at Lima Workshop

WSP-LAC and the Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation host an international workshop in Lima on water and sanitation management models in small towns in Latin America from February 6-7. The objective of the event is to share lessons and best practices on water and sanitation service management models in small towns across the region in light of the existing projects. The workshop expects around 300 participants from Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Colombia, Ecuador and Honduras, representing the central and local governments, service providers, NGOs, development and donor agencies, consultancy companies, intergovernmental organizations and civil society representatives.
 
The Canadian Development Agency (CIDA) is sponsoring the event and Lima’s water utility, SEDAPAL, provides facilities to the workshop. The WSP-LAC and the Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation will present lessons learned from pilot projects executed in Peru. With the financial support of Canadian Development Agency (CIDA), WSP is providing technical assistance in the implementation of pilot project, whose main objective is to improve the living standards of small town dwellers through quality and sustained water and sanitation services. Nine municipalities are participating in this project and leading the change of the service management model by delegating the administration to a local specialized operator. This is done throughout the process of model assessment, design and adoption.
 
The project provides municipalities and local communities with a range of flexible management models to choose from, which can be public, private models, and mixed models. Additionally, the municipalities receive support for rehabilitating infrastructure in order to improve the quality of the service provision. The pilot project results will contribute to define intervention models in the small town component of the Peruvian National Water and Sanitation Program, PRONASAR and other initiatives.
 
The PRONASAR project is an effort of the Peruvian Government to improve living conditions for rural families and small town inhabitants living in extreme poverty, through the installation, improvement or completion of their potable water and sanitation systems. The project has secured a US$ 50 million (EUR 39.7 million) loan from the World Bank and is implementing sustainable basic water and sanitation services for approximately 1.3 million people. The program also provides training in the operation and management of water and sanitation facilities, and hygiene education. It will aim to strengthen local communities' capacity to manage services for themselves, by fostering community participation and by introducing sound financial and economic principles. It is scheduled to run until December 2008.
 
The PRONASAR project is administered by the Government of Peru through the Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation which operates through the Fund for Social Development Cooperation and PRONASAR.
Contact Name: 
Iris Marmanillo
Contact Email: 
wspandean@worldbank.org