Piloting Pro-Poor and Gender-Responsive Sanitation Options in Underserved Urban Settlements in Colombo: Sri Lanka
Total Project Cost: $337,750
PEF Financing: $250,000
Approval Date: 15 April 2011
Main Project Partner(s): Colombo Municipal Council (CMC)
Project Officer: Nelun Gunasekera, SLRM
Type of Intervention: Pilot intervention
The project will improve sanitation facilities for individual households of two under-served urban settlements (USSs) in Colombo. In connection with an approved loan project, it will also: construct two appropriate non-sewerage systems for effective and safe disposal of the effluent; establish community-based operation and maintenance procedures to ensure appropriate hygienic conditions; and enhance the capacities of partner community-based organizations (CBOs) to improve community participation during post-project phase.
The pilot intervention will have a considerable impact on the target population in terms of improved health and human development in the two USSs. It will address one of the main problems of these settlements -- the non-availability of suitable sanitation facilities, which aggravates poor living conditions and poverty.
- Construction of appropriate conventional sanitation systems for 150 individual households. These will be community-based, labor-intensive, low-energy consuming, easy to operate and maintain and with no adverse environmental impacts.
- Construction of two appropriate systems for effective and safe disposal of the effluent from the newly created sanitation options of the USSs
- Establishment of a community based operation and maintenance procedures to ensure appropriate hygienic condition in the selected USS areas and its immediate environment
- Enhanced capacities of partner CBOs to improve community participation during post-project phase