Progress Report of the Global Scaling Up Rural Sanitation Project
The project is on track to either meet or surpass intended outcomes in the states of Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, India, and in East Java, Indonesia. In Himachal Pradesh (HP), rural sanitation household coverage is now reaching more than 90 percent at the end of May 2010. In Madhya Pradesh (MP), 410 Gram Panchayats have been verifi ed as open defecation free (ODF), representing 789,000 people, or 53 percent of end of project (EOP) targets. In East Java, Indonesia, almost 750,000 people have gained access to improved sanitation and nearly 1,400 communities have been declared open defecation free. WSP is confident that more than 1 million people in East Java will gain access by December, 2010 and that the original target of 1.4 million will be achieved by the end of the project, November 2011.
In Tanzania, WSP is supporting government efforts to improve the implementation and monitoring of rural sanitation programs. For the first time in Tanzania, the responsibility for monitoring gains in sanitation access has been clearly defined and a set of core performance indicators in line with Joint Monitoring Program (JMP) definitions developed. This is a tremendous accomplishment and lays a solid foundation on which to build capacity at the village, ward and district levels in monitoring and data collection. WSP supported the government roll out of a village registration system to collect data on nine key indicators, including access to improved sanitation. Given the lack of national level data, WSP cannot yet reliably report on the number of people having gained access to improved sanitation facilities.