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Water Sector Improvement Programme (WSIP) - Component 2 - Strengthening of technical and organisational competences of the urban water supply sector

Project details
Water & Sanitation
Project volume: 
3,079,634 €
Value of services: 
3,079,634 €
Start of project: 
July, 2016
End of project: 
June, 2018
Project background: 

Building on the previous GTZ project Institutional Development of Water Supply and Sewerage Utilities which was also implemented by RODECO (now GOPA Infra), this sub-component of the GIZ water programme comprises strengthening of local operating structures for water supply Afghan Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Corporation headquarters (AUWSSC HQ) and urban water suppliers (Strategic Business Units, SBU) in Kabul, Mazar and Kunduz.

Project description: 

During the current phase commenced on 01 July 2016 with a duration of one and half a year, RODECO (now GOPA Infra) will continue to provide support to AUWSSC, the SBUs and the sub-SBUs as well as on the previous phase sanitation component 2b pilot schemes with focus on the operation and maintenance and institutional strengthening of the key institutions involved. This will ensure that the SBUs and AUWSSC continue to receive support on critical activities, as commercialisation of AUWSSC throughout all levels remains a priority of the Water Sector Improvement Programme.

Service description: 

Work area 1: Improvement of strategic planning competence of AUWSSC and SBUs

  • Support AUWSSC to develop SBU guidelines and implement existing ones;
  • Improve cooperation/ reporting between AUWSSC HQ and SBUs;
  • Develop concept for improving SBU and Sub-SBU core processes;
  • Further development of performance monitoring and benchmark system; and
  • Coaching, workshops and training activities.

Work area 2: Improvement of the financial and commercial processes of the SBUs

  • Establishment of financial and commercial reports and implementation of store databases;
  • Assess SBUs’ performance in the areas of financial and business development, management;
  • Assist in linking inventory (OSF) and financial accounting;
  • Advise SBU’s in cost control measures and financial budgeting; and
  • Support the SBUs in preparing regular business reports to AUWSSC HQ.

Work area 3: Improvement of the organisational and technical processes of the SBUs

  • Develop water balances and NRW reduction programme;
  • Introduce a coaching concept for work organisation and routine procedures for technical management involving managing director of the SBU’s;
  • Capacity building in network design including hydraulic calculations and modelling;
  • Follow-up of Sanitation Pilot Schemes in Herat, Mazar and Kunduz;
  • Support to water quality monitoring; and
  • Establishment of technical/operational reports.

Work area 4: Further development of CIMS (Customer Information Management System) and FIMS (Financial Information Management System)

  • Developing an effective system for the collection, evaluation and monitoring of data.

Work area 5: Other activities including development of planning competence at MEW

  • Prepare draft of River Basin Master Plans;
  • Coach the establishment and anchoring of a result based monitoring system at National Level (MEW); and
  • Support of vocational training activities.

The objectives to be achieved at the end of the project are as follows:

  1. 90% of the water samples from the house connections in the project areas meet WHO standards;
  2. The average cost coverage for all project cities (Kabul, Mazar, Herat, Kunduz, etc.) is 100%;
  3. On average, local population in the project areas have drinking water access of at least 50 l/capita/day; and
  4. In principle, the project areas should have access to 24-hour supply, where a supply failure of less than 12 hours per day is permitted on no more than 2 days per month.