Cambodia hosts regional meeting on improving rural water services to the poor

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Cambodia on Monday hosts a regional meeting on how to improve rural water services at scale both in policy and practices in the region.

In a statement released Monday at the opening of the three-day meeting in Phnom Penh, it said that the main aims of the meeting is to bring together regional practitioners to discuss on how to improve sustainable rural water services at scale, to debate and analyze lessons learned and to identify common principles to improve both policy and practice in the region.

Thirty senior practitioners from the sector, both from governments and non-government organizations from Cambodia, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Laos, Vietnam and Timor-Leste are to discuss strategies for improving the accountability of service providers to consumers; to apply technical standards; to maximize the potential of the private sector; or to start planning and costing of the full life cycle of infrastructure.

The meeting is organized by SNVNetherlands Development Organization in collaboration with Cambodia's Ministry of Rural Development and IRC (International Red Cross).

It said that after years of working in the sector, thousands of Rupees, Dollars, Dongs, Bhats, etc. have been invested over the years in new system construction, which in many cases is not properly maintained or properly repaired and which often fails far before the design-life of systems.

The statement added recognizing the problems. SNV and IRC have carried out studies in Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam to describe the existing Service Delivery Models (SDM) of rural water supply in these countries.

And it is expected that the main output of the workshop will be the learning between the different participants on the subject of water service delivery models and practices in Asia.

And the second important output will be to reflect on entry points for change and how change processes can be facilitated in countries.

The meeting also starts with field visits of 30 senior practitioners to Cambodia's Takeo and Kandal provinces, southern parts of Phnom Penh.

Irrigation network and clean water supply are still shortage in Cambodia, and thus many Cambodian villagers dig their own water wells to get water for their daily consumption.

Source: Xinhua


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