Project profile — Reconstruction of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services


Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CA-CRA_ACR-3863751616)
2016-11-22 - 2021-09-30
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Nepal (100.00%)


• Water And Sanitation: Education and training in water supply and sanitation (14081) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (significant objective)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


On April 25, 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal and was followed by a series of large aftershocks. The earthquakes resulted in over 8,700 deaths and 22,000 injuries, 2.8 million displaced and 3.5 million in need of food assistance. In response to the earthquake, Canada established the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund that committed the Government of Canada to matching eligible private donations to approved Canadian organizations. With funding from the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund, the project improves the wellbeing of 260,000 people by increasing access to and use of safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in severely and crisis-hit earthquake affected areas in Nepal. The project trains local government officials and community organizations to respond to the current and future WASH needs of these communities, building resilience for the long-term. Beneficiaries are people unserved or under-served by adequate WASH services and include women, children and people of lower castes. Local governments and community organizations educate over 250,000 people, at least half of whom are women, on how to use WASH services and practice healthy hygiene behaviours. The project advances women's participation as decision-makers on critical WASH and health issues, and ultimately reduces gender inequalities in access to and control over WASH-related resources and benefits of development. The project focuses on the districts of Dolakha, Sindhupalchowk, Nuwakot and Kavrepalanchok. Activities are implemented by a national Water Expertise and Training Centre, hosted by the Environment and Public Health Organization.

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project included: (1) increased consumption of potable water by earthquake affected populations; (2) increased use of gender appropriate, environmentally sustainable, improved sanitation services by earthquake affected populations; and (3) more local governments and other community organizations using new knowledge, skills and innovations to better respond to the water and sanitation needs of earthquake affected populations.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (January 2021) include: (1) increased the number of people using drinking water services correctly, consistently or continually from the baseline of 76,772 to 269,305. This number of access includes 51% women and girls and an increase of 192,533 users ( 250%), exceeding the target of an additional 47,000 users; (2) increased the number of consistent users of sanitation services from 64% to 96%, and the number of continuous users of sanitation services increased from 61% to 98%; (3) increased the number of households satisfied with safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services from 75% to 91%, exceeding the target of 80%; and (4) increased the number of households indicating that services were provided equitably from 80% to 91%.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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