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Small Towns -- Challenges and Scaling Up

A workshop held in Vienna on June 8th ahead of WSP’s annual Donors’ Council meeting highlighted the importance of small towns with respect to achieving the MDGs and to achieving balanced rural-urban development.  "Small towns water Supply and Sanitation - Challenges and Scaling Up" was organized and hosted by the Austrian Development Agency and WSP and was attended by representatives from the donor community, NGOs, academic institutions, local practitioners and international water associations.   Presentations were made from Uganda, Mozambique, Philippines, Indonesia, India, and Peru covering various water and sanitation issues.    

Many challenges were identified in the workshop including the need for integrated water supply and sanitation planning, understanding the roles of local government, civil society, and the private sector, the need for a programmatic approach to respond to demand from many small towns, and the issue of MDGs and the urgency to step up small towns engagement.  WSP intends to build on some of the recommendations and discussion themes from the workshop, including technical issues relating to business planning, operator contracts and regulation or sector planning, as well as identifying mechanisms for continuing regional knowledge exchange and for capturing experiences reflecting best practice.

Workshop Presentations:

Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Challenges and Scaling-Up

The Case of Sechura, Peru A public-private social partnership

Mozambique Secondary Towns -- Challenges and Directions

Workshop on Challenges and Solutions for Water Supply and Sanitation Service Delivery in Small Towns

Small Towns Water Supply in the Philippines

Challenges for Improved Water & Sanitation Services Ramagundam, India