AusAID/Danida/Netherlands are co-financing NTP II through ‘Targeted Programme Budget Support (TPBS) and this approach represents a major commitment of support through GoV’s own financing and implementation structures.
This is a ‘learning process’ for both GoV and donors and thus a phased approach has been adopted with TPBS being directed to 9 pilot provinces (Lao Cai, Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Ninh Thuan, Phu Yen, Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Tra Vinh and An Giang) until end of 2008.
Pilot activities will allow the potential system risks to be further investigated in the nine provinces and help develop greater focus on sanitation and hygiene, better targeting to the poor, improved O&M and further decentralisation.
The TPBS is complemented with technical and capacity-building support to help address current weaknesses in service delivery and improve the effectiveness of RWSS expenditure.
The SO, with the support of TA, should cooperate with the 9 pilot provinces to encourage flexibility and innovation in NTP II implementation to identify best practice approaches that can be replicated.
Progress in the implementation of sanitation programs (coverage) especially at household level and the effectiveness of IEC approaches in the pilot provinces should be monitored by MOH, the provincial and district authorities as well as the SO as specified by the benchmarks i.e.
increased recurrent funding for sanitation and IEC
rollout of affordable household sanitation solutions
The TA workplans should focus on achievable results within the key areas for new approaches. This is likely to differ from province to province. The TA reporting channels at provincial level should be formalized.
SO and provinces supported by TA should the reinforce emerging recognition of the importance of O&M including the adoption of a viable tariff and appropriate application of institutional models for O&M consistent with the relevant trigger.
MARD and MOH should take a feasible, practical and prioritized approach to ensure compliance with clean water hygienic standards for small water supply schemes. The RWSS partnership should follow up on the results of these studies when they available towards the year end and integrate them into its overall water quality initiatives.
During the JAR Workshop after presentation of the recommendations other sector stakeholders were requested to present possible relevant pilot activities that are ready to be scaled up in the pilot provinces