Pooling experience in water and sanitation

Programme Solidarité Eau organizes cooperation and exchanges of experience between all the players in water and sanitation, particularly those engaged in nongovernmental and decentralized cooperation.

Humanitarian and Development

France & Madagascar, Madagascar

David Poinard

€ 15,000 to the Selection Committee at 2012/10/09

Project leader

Programme Solidarité Eau (pS-Eau)

Programme Solidarité Eau (pS-Eau) was created on the initiative of the French government in 1984 to support local French initiatives in international cooperation concerning water and to give them overall coherence.It works with the players (municipalities, NGOs, researchers, water professionals, water agencies, corporate foundations, etc.) to back them in formulating, financing and implementing their projects for access to water and sanitation.This accompaniment enables pS-Eau to have a continuous and comprehensive view of the types of project conducted, as well as a clear understanding of the support needs of French municipalities and NGOs.pS-Eau is internationally recognized and is also involved in running research/action programs, and producing and disseminating information.

After creating the digital library in 2009 with the support of the Veolia Foundation (500 documentary references, a directory of over 20 000 contacts, a catalogue of projects), pS-Eau continues to network players and to pool exp)ertise on three major challenges: sanitation in the South countries, warning indicators on water quality, and access to water and sanitation in Madagascar.

Spreading expertise on sanitation

The lack of sanitation, which affects 2.5 billion people worldwide, is the main culprit for diarrhea infections, which kill 2 million people every year across the world, 90% of them children under the age of 5.Access to sanitation is also a challenge in terms of dignity, security and schooling (especially for young women).Sanitation, particularly the disposal and treatment aspects, is also a major challenge for environmental conservation.It also has a demonstrable impact on the regions: it helps avoid health expenditures while fostering development by public investment and the creation of a pool of private entrepreneurs and operators.

Besides its participation in international discussions on sanitation, pS-Eau promotes capitalization on the five continents on sanitation services by mini-sewers.The aim is to spread the tools created by its members and enable them to appropriate them while intensifying their thinking on the various sanitation related issues.

Networking the water players of Madagascar

Over a third of Madagascans lack access to drinking water, and half of them have no sanitation (2008 figures).At the same time, a large number of private and public players, national and international, are active on the island, but they are unaware of one another and don't exchange their experiences sufficiently.pS-Eau continues to support the activities of the R'aneau network in order to enhance the effectiveness of the programs launched in Madagascar.

Alongside Agence Française du Développement, Greater Lyon, the Rhone-Mediterranean-Corsica Water Agency, and Ircom, the Veolia Foundation continues to support pS-Eau with the project, following on the creation of the digital library.Veolia Group teams of volunteers represent powerful resources on water and sanitation issues, and a relay for applying this expertise in the field.They are therefore a core public target for disseminating information from pS-Eau, just as they promote projects and discussions.

Domain: Humanitary and Development
Country: France
Grant(s) : 20/10/2011

Development of information and documentation resources to improve the effectiveness of the outreach projects between France and the countries of the South.

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Domain: Humanitary and Development
Grant(s): 29/09/2009

Putting online the data collected by the Water Solidarity Program since its creation.

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