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Description of the Assignment:
The project “Addressing Water, Health and Poverty Nexus through WASH initiatives for COVID-19 and Climate Change responses in Eswatini” has the overall goal of contributing to improving health and well-being as well as contributing towards poverty reduction in Eswatini through enhancing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) practises in both urban and rural areas. The Water, Health and Poverty Nexus is manifested in the form of interdependencies which affect human well-being. Without access to water, WASH practices are affected. Without WASH, human health is affected. Disease burden will affect income generation capability thereby spiralling vulnerable communities into poverty. This project recognizes these interdependencies and therefore takes a nexus approach to addressing solution. It will also contribute towards COVID-19 and climate change responses, both of which includes responses such as improving access to water and enhancing human health.
The project is implemented through UNDP by the main implementer National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) and partners WaterAid, Africa Cooperative Action Trust (ACAT), Mbabane Municipality and Matsapha Town Council. Selected communities are beneficiaries and the work at community level follows protocols through traditional leadership. Other stakeholders who are relevant to this project and are closely engaged and informed include diplomatic missions of India, Brazil and South Africa. To implement WASH related intervention, WaterAid worked closely with Department of Water Affairs and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy, while ACAT undertook support to farmers through working closely with Department of Fisheries and the Ministry of Agriculture. The municipalities pilot permeable concrete technology in urban canters with awareness and buy-in of urban dwellers and relevant stakeholders
Period of assignment/services: 3 Months
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