In April 2018, SAJIDA launched the “WASH4UrbanPoor” project in collaboration with WaterAid with the aim to address the challenges and WASH requirements for under-served communities in the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC). This project seeks to ensure improved environmental health and resilience of WASH for deprived urban poor living in slums and low-income settlements. Funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the project is scheduled to run till December 2022 and is interlinked with the SDG Goal 6 – Aims to achieve universal, sustainable and equitable access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030.
Major activities of the project are:
- Increase awareness raising and provision of climate resilient WASH services to address needs among target communities;
- Improve local governance in pro-poor WASH service delivery and coordination with other services in target cities and towns;
- Evidence based advocacy to improve WASH policies and strategies in favour of urban poor.
Besides specific activities, SAJIDA Foundation is partnering with Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (DWASA), City Corporation and other service providers to ensure safe water for these underprivileged people by warranting legal access to water facilities. Additionally, ensuring easy access of pavement dwellers to these WASH services is another key objective of the project.