The Government of Austria and UNICEF support the Government of Mozambique increasing WASH access in Rural Mozambique

A total budget of 1,100,000 Euros funding the construction of solar water systems and support activities aligned with national strategies and policies.

Claudio Fauvrelle
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O apoio da Áustria ao UNICEF está alinhado com o Programa Nacional de Cooperação do UNICEF Moçambique 2017-2020 e o seu Resultado em matéria de água, saneamento e higiene e leva em consideração outras colaborações da Áustria com o sector de água, saneamento e higiene em Moçambique.
Austria’s support to UNICEF is aligned with the UNICEF Mozambique Country Programme 2017-2020 and its WASH outcome and takes into consideration other Austrian collaborations with the WASH sector in Mozambique.

Maputo, Mozambique- The Government of Austria, through its Austrian Development Agency (ADA), is funding the construction of solar powered, multi-use water systems and supporting Government of Mozambique (GoM) operational costs for the operationalization of the rural WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) implementation plan. 

This is done through and in collaboration with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), in support to WASH priority area under the Social and Human Capital Development pillar of the Government’s Five-Year Plan (PQG 2015-2019).

“Thanks to these resources, we will act as financial bridge to cover gaps to meet the ambitious WASH goals that require considerable efforts in capacity development, greater sector investments and effective collaboration between the GoM, Mozambican citizens, and development partners,” said Michel Le Pechoux, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Mozambique. “Children in rural areas need this investment, which will contribute to improving their survival and development," added Mr. Le Pechoux during the ceremony of the signing of the contract between ADA and UNICEF, in Maputo, on Friday, 2 November 2018.

Despite advances in institutional and policy frameworks backed by significant external donor support, it remains that only half of Mozambicans have access to improved water supply and only one in five use improved sanitation facilities.

The GoM sector plan for rural WASH (PRONASAR, National Programme for Rural Water and Sanitation), which will be adopted soon, will be aligned with the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and provides direction and planning for sector partners to work towards achieving WASH targets. 

Strong evidence suggests that rural areas are the most affected by the lack of basic WASH services. However, even the moderately positive urban WASH indicators mask serious service gaps for the poor in fast-growing cities and towns where lack of systematic maintenance, low investment and unclear institutional mandates have hampered service delivery.  Geographically, WASH coverage and services generally tend to be weaker in Northern provinces.

Austria’s support to UNICEF is aligned with the UNICEF Mozambique Country Programme 2017-2020 and its WASH outcome and takes into consideration other Austrian collaborations with the WASH sector in Mozambique.  In that regard, geographical targeting for this project will not include Sofala province, to avoid overlap with the Austrian funded “Agua Sofala 2018-2020” project.

Thus, Mr. Hubert Neuwirth, Head of the Coordination Office of the Austrian Development Cooperation, concludes: “Water is life! In an effort to improve the livelihood of the most vulnerable population in Mozambique, Austria has since long been supporting the rural WASH services. Apart from having access to clean and affordable drinking water, people will benefit from improved sanitation, hygiene, and thus health. This will also contribute to a balanced nutrition of the beneficiaries.”


The ADA - UNICEF programme will aim at reaching two results:

Result 1: Support to Government Operation Costs for the operationalization of rural WASH implementation plans

Support will be given to GoM at national, provincial and district levels (National Directorate of Water Supply and Sanitation, Provincial Directorates for Public Works, Housing and Water Resources, District Services for Infrastructure Planning) with operational support costs including for supervision and field monitoring of rural WASH projects.

Result 2: Construction of 12 multi-use, solar powered water systems

UNICEF will support the GoM to implement water infrastructure with a focus on multi-use (MUS) solar powered community water systems.  These systems will make use of existing boreholes equipped with manual handpumps and maximize their use through installation of electric pumping systems powered by solar energy.  The use of solar power instead of grid or generator power will support carbon avoidance and support the sustainability of the system.  By using solar panels as a clean energy source for the water systems, the project will avoid the production of an estimated 16 tons of carbon per year.

The project will focus on larger rural communities, with 1,000-2,500 inhabitants, with communities being selected together with GoM counterparts at the national and provincial level.  Typical solar water systems include 3-6 community tap stands, cattle trough, elevated water tanks, submersible pump, solar array and all required system piping and wiring.

Direct beneficiaries will be the population living in the communities where the 12 water supply solar systems are to be implemented, estimated in 15,000 people, of which 52% will be women (based on 2017 census preliminary figures).



For more information, please contact:

Claudio Fauvrelle
Tel +258 21481 100

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