WaSHCO Legalization Workshops

14 May 2013

RiPPLE Organizes WaSHCO Legalization Workshops in 3 Zonal Administrations

In a bid to familiarize the various actors in the Water, Sanitation and Hygine activities with the new Rural Potable Water and Sanitation Associations Establishment regulation, RiPPLE organized different series of workshops in three zones of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State (SNNPR).

The forums which were organized in collaboration with the Water, Energy and Mines Bureau of the SNNPR took place over the last two weeks of April 2013 in the Gedeo, Segen Area People’s and Sidama Zones of the regional state.

Pertinent officials and experts from the regional Bureau of Water Resources as well as Marketing and Cooperatives Bureau have made presentation on the genesis, contents, implementation and implications of “Rural Potable Water and Sanitation Associations Establishment regulation”. The presentations were also followed by lively deliberations by participants. 

Close to 170 participants drawn from regional Bureau of Water Resources, Zonal Water, Mines and Energy Departments, Zonal Marketing and Cooperative Department, Chief Administrators of Woredas as well as Woreda Water, Mines and Energy offices. 

All the three forums have been attended by high level respective officials while the workshop in the Sidama Zone has been opened by Head of the SNNPR Water Resources Bureau Abas Mohammed. 

In his Opening remarks the bureau head noted that the forum will be instrumental in the smooth implementation the regulation across the regional state as his bureau is making preparations to put the regulation in to practice in the latest possible time. Concerning the contribution of the regulation that grants legal entity to associations, he said the establishment of associations will enhance the sustainability of water schemes, promote their access to credit facility and promote accountability in all the schemes. Abas also expressed his appreciation to RiPPLE for organizing and facilitating the whole process of the workshops and for supporting the capacity building efforts in the region so far. He then expressed his bureaus commitment to support RiPPLE’s intervention in the region.  

The “Rural Potable Water and Sanitation Association Establishment Regulation No. 102/2012” which came in to effect as of 18 May 2012 provides for the establishment new ones and registration of the existing Water and Sanitation Committees (WaSHCOs) being named as “Rural Potable Water and Sanitation Associations”.