Latin America and Caribbean
"In my role representing the community of Nueva Cajamarca, I thank the support of the Water and Sanitation Program administered by the World Bank and the Canadian International Development Agency, in helping us to reach an autonomous management model for our water and sanitation systems. The private-public-social partnership approach of the Small Town Pilot Project will allow the auto-sustainability of the services, without political interference, with gender equity along all the process." James A. Carranza Rivera, Mayor of Nueva Cajamarca, Peru.
About 220 million people live in poverty in Latin America and there is still a long way to reach the MDGs in a sustainable way: To meet the target in water and sanitation, approximately 123 million additional people in urban areas and 23 million additional people in rural areas will require access to water supply. For sanitation, 131 million additional urban dwellers and 32 million rural inhabitants will need access to services.
Within this context, WSP in Latin America is orienting its efforts to provide support to the poorest countries in Central America and in the Andean Region in integrating MDGs in government strategies and defining MDGs roadmaps. To complement these efforts, WSP’s regional strategy has focused on supporting sector reforms and decentralization processes, including efficient, socially accepted, and gender sensitive management models and financing mechanisms at the lowest levels, managing knowledge to enhance sector learning, and fomenting public-private partnerships to build synergies, such as the hand-washing initiative to reduce child mortality in Peru.
Our regional office is in Lima, Peru
For more information on the sector, please visit the World Bank's Latin American Region Water Website