UNICEF Representative to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Pierrette Vu Thi together with British Secretary for International Cooperation, Alexander Douglas signed a cooperation agreement for an estimated US$37 million dollars [in Kinshasa on 06 January 2009].The programme supports the national strategy of promoting improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene in rural and peri-urban communities throughout the country through the Healthy Village and Healthy School initiative. [...] The Ministy for Primary, Secondary and Professional Education and the Ministry of Public Health [...] are the primary implementing partners of WASH activities for UNICEF-DRC.
The US$ 37 million grant will be disbursed through UNICEF over a period of four years [and] ill benefit an estimated 9 million Congolese in 12,500 communities and over 750,000 primary school children.
Source: UNICEF / ReliefWeb, 06 Jan 2008
Mahmud Konneh recently finished building a latrine in his village, Tilorma, in the Kenema District of eastern Sierra Leone. It is one of 30 new latrines that have been constructed by Tilorma villagers under the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach.
© UNICEF Sierra Leone/2008/Davies
[...] This sanitation initiative is being supported by UNICEF and the UK Department for International Development, in collaboration with the Sierra Leonean Ministry of Health and Sanitation, and non-governmental partners.
Since the January 2008 introduction of CLTS in Sierra Leone, 103 villages have stopped practicing open defecation. As a result, the participating communities are cleaner, more hygienic and less likely to suffer from outbreaks of diarrhoea.
Source: Issa Davies, UNICEF, 28 Oct 2008
On Feb., 19, 2008, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) signed a first-of-its-kind Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two organizations which will increase coordination and make their poverty reduction efforts more effective in Africa and throughout the globe.
Focusing initially on Africa, the MOU identifies practical areas for cooperation in countries in which both the US and UK are active, including Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia. Areas of cooperation that have been identified are data and statistics sharing, growth diagnostics, environmental protection, infrastructure projects, transparency in large-scale procurements, impact evaluation, and future staff exchanges.
In Mozambique, DFID and MCC will support the government to scale-up of rural and urban water and sanitation. In Tanzania, DFID and MCC will explore possibilities of joint work to support increased transparency in the construction sector through the COST initiative.
Read more: MCC, 19 Feb 2008