NGO “Give to Colombia” will implement several pilot projects that will serve as models for the Rural Water Supply and Wastewater Management Program in Colombia. This large-scale programme is financed with the help of a US$ 60 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
The pilot projects have four components:
- School water, sanitation and hygiene promotion (SWASH), which will implement and evaluate UNICEF’s model for SWASH interventions in at least 25 rural public schools
- Post-construction support and the sustainability of rural water projects with a focus on innovative financial models
- Sustainable models for the financing and provision of household connections
- Sustainable self-supply models for disperse rural communities
The AquaFund and Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction are financing the pilot projects. Contributors to the Aquafund are IDB, the governments of Switzerland and Austria, and the PepsiCo Foundation.
The pilot projects will cost about US$ 2.1 million. The implementing agency Give to Colombia (G2C) receives resources from the Embassy of Japan and the General Electric Foundation. PepsiCo Colombia is supporting the dissemination of the innovative models being developed in the projects.
In 2011, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre and CINARA carried out a study on behalf of IDB, about post-construction support on rural water supply services in Colombia . The study  shows that those service providers that receive more structured support perform better.
 IADB publishes report on post-construction support on rural water supply services in Colombia, IRC, 21 Aug 2012 ; Webinar – Impacts of post-construction support on the performance of rural water supply in Colombia, IRC,
 Smits, S. et al., 2012. Gobernanza y sostenibilidad de los sistemas de agua potable y saneamiento rurales en Colombia. (Monografia; IDB-MG-133). [online] Washington, DC, USA: Inter-American Development Bank. Available at: <http://idbdocs.iadb.org/wsdocs/getdocument.aspx?docnum=36986189>
Source: Latin American Herald Tribune, 10 Oct 2012 ; IDB, 02 Oct 2012
Posted in Colombia, Financing, Publications, Rural WASH, School sanitation, Sustainable services
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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Fundación FEMSA and the Tecnológico de Monterrey signed an agreement on 14 November 2008 to create the Latin American and Caribbean Water Center, with an initial investment of $11 million.
Fundación FEMSA, founded by the beverage company FEMSA, is beginning its [global] operations with this project.
The Water Center will be operated by the Tecnológico de Monterrey and will [...] offer training, research and information management for the conservation and sustainable use of water, promote strategic alliances, and offer technical expertise and innovative approaches to the sector’s problems. [It] will target professionals in national and regional government agencies, and in companies involved in managing and using regional water resources.
[...] The water and sanitation sector is a priority for the IDB. In May 2007, the Bank approved the Water and Sanitation Initiative, whose [...] goal is to complete water and sanitation projects in 100 cities and 3,000 rural communities during the next four years. The Bank is already working in 44 cities and more than 700 rural communities, and it intends to lend at least a billion dollars a year for this sector.
The Water Center is the first IDB project financed with the recently created AquaFund.
The IDB has [also] been invited by Spain to collaborate in identifying, coordinating and supervising projects to be financed by the Water and Sanitation Cooperation Fund announced by the Spanish government during the 18th Latin American Summit held in El Salvador in late October. This fund will provide up to $1.5 million in grants for the region over the next four years.
Source: IDB, 14 Nov 2008
Latin American and Caribbean governments that want to improve water and sanitation services can now apply for grants from the Aquafund, a new source of financing approved by the board of the Inter-American Development Bank on 19 September 2008.
The Aquafund is a fast-disbursing vehicle intended to help accelerate the development of projects in the water, sanitation and solid waste disposal sectors. It can be used to finance activities ranging from pre-feasibility studies to technical training and knowledge dissemination, depending on specific local needs.
During the rest of 2008, the Aquafund could disburse up to $15 million in grants from the IDB’s ordinary capital. Starting in 2009, Aquafund will also mobilize matching contributions from multiple donor countries, providing up to $35 million in grants during the calendar year. Aquafund will also be able to receive contributions from private sources.
Aquafund grants can be used to support projects that subsequently receive both loans with either sovereign or non-sovereign guarantees. It is expected to finance activities such as improvements in the legal and regulatory framework, water resource management, and capacity building at municipal, state and national level. Aquafund grants will also be available directly to water, sanitation and solid waste service operators.
“We have set ourselves the goal of financing projects with 100 of the region’s cities and 3000 of its rural communities by 2011, and Aquafund is going to be a key resource for municipalities that need help getting projects off the ground”, said Federico Basañes, chief of the Water and Sanitation Division at the IDB.
Source: IDB, 19 Sep 2008