Kyrgyzstan: DFID/WB - Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project


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Project ID

Project Title

Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project


Focus Areas

Geographic Scope

Seven Oblasts: IssykKul, Naryn, Talas (financed by WB); Chui, Osh, Jalalabad, Batken (financed by ADB)

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Lead Organization(s)

Project Partners

Executing agencies: Ministry for agriculture, water resources and processing industry (MAWR&PI), Department for Rural Water Supply (DRWS)

Client: Community Drinking Water Users Union (CDWUU)

Other stakeholders: Oblast and Rayon administrations, Village Administration


WB: USD 14,8 M. (=47 USD/cap; 78,475 USD/village)



Under implementation

Project website(s)


Carl Bro (Consultant for DFID)




> 70,000 households (318,500 people) served;

Main stages of implementation of a sub-project: Community mobilisation for creation of CDWUU and 5% upfront cash contribution; Preliminary Design in close cooperation with the community by PMC; Approval by CDWUU and other state organisations; Detailed Design by PMC; Transfer of the 5% cash collected to the DRWS account; National procurement of Works and Materials; Construction of the WSS by local firms under PMC’s supervision; Setting tariff by community and CDWUU; Monitoring of the CDWUU performance during the 1st year of exploitation of the WSS.

--> A new add-on project is being developed: "Rural Hygiene & Sanitation" (David Sutherland, DFID, Yerevan EUWI-EECCA meeting Nov 05)

Expected Outcomes

Achievements: Results and Impact

Lessons for Replication

Conclusions and recommendations (Nov 2005):

Institutional level: The legislation for drinking water in the the rural areas is still weak; The role of the Department is still unclear and risks its abolition after completion of the project in year 2007; The Department does not have enough capacity (both human and financial) to support several hundreds of newly created CDWUUs; CDWUUs lack state support like temporarily tax vacancies, etc.; The Department is not enough involved in learning and analysing experience of CDWUUs, as well as disseminating successful experience.

Community level: The impact assessment of the project on communities is quite encouraging, but still sustainability is an issue – CDWUUs shall take initiative to: Act as a partner to health and sanitation bodies in rising; awareness about influence of water quality on community’s health; Reinforce peoples’ awareness of community ownership over the community water supply; Formulate expectations regarding community water supply system (like household connections, etc.); Obtain community’s commitment to support WSS construction and maintenance; Continue capacity building.


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