Community Based Water Supply and Sanitation Project, Baitadi (Completed June 2010)

Start Date: March 2006

End Date: June 2010

Location: Baitadi

Donor(s): Community Water Supply & Sanitation Office, Baitadi District Development Committee (DDC), Asian Development Bank

Budget: NRs. 1,527,332.05 (US$ 21,511.72)

The goal of this project was poverty alleviation through improved health and quality of life of the people living in rural communities. The project provided water supply and sanitation facilities, as well as capacity building training in selected communities. This project was implemented using a community-based, demand-driven procedure that ensured full participation of the local users in the formulation, implementation and operation and maintenance of the town projects.

The facilitation of IDS Nepal in the project resulted in the implementation of four rural water supply schemes in Baitadi, the formation of four Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), the assembly of 62 pipeline taps, and the construction of 566 toilets.

With a focus on community empowerment, the project also included an institutional strengthening component, wherein IDS Nepal trained the Water User and Sanitation Committee (WUSC) and local community to be equipped for the planning, implementation, operation and maintenance of Community Water Supply and Sanitation Project. The training sessions paid a special focus to gender equity and the involvement and participation of women and other disadvantaged groups. It was calculated that 1143 households and a population of 6953 have benefited from the project.