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Water Aid Zambia Blog 2015 Day Five

Zambia 2015 Day 5                                                                                        Day Five
After our visits to the rural reaches of WaterAid’s work we were all keen to learn about their key stakeholders and their individual roles in these projects. The first of our courtesy calls to these stakeholders was the Southern Water and Sewerage Company (SWASCO) where we were joined by senior officials from across their business.

We received a short presentation outlining their key indicators and strategic plans for the future. A number of these indicators are no different to the ones we are measured on within Scottish Water such as Drinking Water Quality and metering installations. These may be an area of opportunity for knowledge sharing between both of our organisations moving forward.

Zambia 2015 Day 5SWASCO have also just completed their annual business plan as part of their 5 year strategic direction and have agreed this with the regulator, National Water and Sewerage Company (NWASCO). When questioned on their relationship with NWASCO the response was positive although they also admitted this became challenging with regards to the setting of tariffs for provision of water. We will have an opportunity to learn more about this when we meet with NWASCO tomorrow at their head office.

Our next visit was to the District Commissioners office followed by a meeting with the District Education Board Secretary. Both expressed the difficulties they face in collating data to reflect the impact Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) programmes have made to the different communities due to lack of resources. Infrastructure and budget are other challenges they are working with WaterAid to overcome.

This opportunity to get some background on these organisations and their part in the WASH programme processes has helped us see the development from start to finish. We would like some more clarification on how they prioritise where the funding is invested across the district. We hope to gain some more insight into this when we meet with WaterAid Zambia to share our experiences tomorrow.