The Government of Egypt, with assistance from the World Bank, the Government of Switzerland (represented by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs – SECO), the Government of Japan and the German Development Agency (GTZ), has launched a large-scale rural sanitation program entitled the Integrated Sanitation & Sewerage Infrastructure Project (ISSIP) to develop the rural sanitation sector in towns and villages in three Northern Governorates in the Delta region: Gharbiya, Kafr-el-Sheikh and Beheira.
The project will contribute to sustainable improvement in sanitation and environmental conditions for resident communities and the water quality in the selected drainage basins within the two main canal command areas of Mahmoudeya and Mit Yazid in the Egyptian Delta in the Beheira, Gharbiya and Kafr El Sheikh Governorates through the provision of improved wastewater collection and treatment systems and reduction of pollution in the surrounding water canals and drains. ISSIP priority areas are estimated to include about 1 million of the 1.35 million people in the two Command Areas – Mahmoudeya and Mit Yazid. The primary beneficiaries under the JSDF grant will be the smaller villages in the rural Delta within the ISSIP project area. A total of 30 villages will benefit from direct support for delegated management systems and a secondary target group will be the larger villages and communities in about 14 village clusters that will benefit by use of the community participation strategy.
- Develop and promote institutional capacity of local institutions and communities, capacity of key local stakeholders, and accountability mechanisms between local authorities and beneficiary communities, for better service delivery in the rural sanitation sector,
- Enhance capacities of the different governmental and non-government stakeholders responsible for sanitation implementation to plan, design, construct, operate and maintain the sanitation investments,
- Monitor ISSIP and JSDF implementation outputs and outcomes through active engagement,
- Promote hygiene practices, social mobilization, communication, and sustainable rural sanitation services.
Services delivered by NSCE :
Part A: Support for delegated community management of decentralized sanitation systems-
- Developing a community development strategy that includes social mobilization, communication, training, workshops and consultation to inform communities on the functioning and benefits of decentralized sanitation systems,
- Organizing village-level meetings and consultations with stakeholders,
- Pre-construction participatory planning meetings and trainings undertaken at the village group level covering technical and financial issues,
- Forming community groups to be the local interface between the community and the Water and Sanitation Companies (WSCs) and providing technical training to the community organizations covering technical, financial and managerial aspects,
- Training WSCs in demand responsiveness, decentralized system technology, small system operation & maintenance, and legal framework & supervision responsibilities,
- Providing legal support to the WSCs and the service providers/operators in coordination with PM-TA, HCWW and WSCs,
- Assisting and supporting the WSCs in taking a supervisory role in the O&M processes and audit performance using local NGOs and training providers,
- Setting up a community outreach team for a group of 2-3 villages where decentralized sanitation will take place as part of the comprehensive community development strategy and implementation plan,
- Developing and supporting the formulation of targeted awareness campaigns on community ownership, cost-recovery and sustainability.
Part B: Capacity Building for social mobilization, hygiene education and communication in rural sanitation-
- Developing and implementing social marketing, hygiene promotion and communication strategy initiatives with appropriate tools that enhance community awareness and ownership of sanitation services,
- Developing social and participatory planning processes, with activities targeting women, and carrying out stakeholder meetings and focus group discussions,
- Implementing hygiene education activities at the household level and developing appropriate key messages for hygiene promotion,
- Forming social mobilization teams for hygiene promotion and communication.
Part C: Participatory Local Results-based Monitoring and Evaluation and Public Disclosure System
- Sub-Component C1 – Community-based monitoring of community satisfaction
- Conducting in-depth baseline assessment to find baseline values of key indicators,
- Organizing community-level training for carrying out participatory surveys,
- Carrying out annual participatory surveys on all the decentralized villages,
- Providing feedback for national dissemination activities through semi-annual and annual reporting,
- Conducting annual regional workshops for the representatives of two pilot areas in the Delta, two biannual workshops for national dissemination and cross-fertilization with JSDF other programs,
- Developing methodology for data collection.
- Sub-Component C2 – Public Disclosure System
- Incorporating web-based information dissemination on the project website,
- Developing an appropriate public disclosure system in project villages,
- Supporting HCWW to set up a hotline for the customer complaint system,
- Delivering user training on accountability tools and reports, implementation problems and effective community participation in M&E processes.