Ramboll is to work on a water, hygiene and sanitation improvement project in Ethiopia after being chosen to provide technical assistance services for the third phase of a major infrastructure project in the country.
The project, called Cowash, is designed to help the Ethiopian government achieve its five-year targets for rural water supply and sanitation in 76 districts of the country.
So far the programme has benefitted 4M Ethiopians in rural areas and it is hoped that the third phase will increase this to more than 5M.
The project team is led by Ramboll Water’s chief technical advisor in Finland Arto Suominen, who has spent 15 years of his career in Ethiopia.
“Ethiopia has made remarkable progress in water and sanitation over the last two decades, so there is really something to build on,” he said.
“This project especially focuses on improving the functionality of the water supply by further developing the supply chain with strong private sector participation. This is crucial in order to secure a safe and stable water supply.”
The programme aims to increase community involvement with water supply and sanitation by decentralising service delivery.