June 2011: Australian Aid Agency Supports Cowater Provision of Basic Services in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan
Cowater recently signed a grant agreement with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), which will allow the firm to expand its Communication for Effective Social Service Delivery project in Pakistan during the next year. The goal of the project is to improve the quality of basic social services – primary education, basic health care, and clean water – in selected districts of the province, and to increase access to and use of these services, particularly by girls and women. Originally working in only four districts, Cowater refined its approach of mobilizing and strengthening government-mandated Social Service Committees to promote citizen participation in the planning, delivery and monitoring of social services; build greater self-reliance at the community level; and facilitate communication and coordination with local government. The project is now working in eleven districts with 469 primary schools, 48 primary health care facilities, and 59 village water supply systems – all of which helped to meet the needs of over one and a half million villagers last year. With the assistance of the grant from Australia, CESSD will more than double its beneficiaries in the next year. The expansion of the project was requested by the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.