Madagascar | Rano Maharitra (Sustainable Water)

A VSLA member testing the water tap for the first time in her village during the inauguration of the new drinking water supply system, Haute Matsiatra Region. Photo credit: USAID/RANO WASH

Activity Description

In rural Madagascar, home to more than 80 percent of the country’s population, just 35 percent of households have access to an improved water supply and fewer than one in 10 households enjoy access to improved sanitation. To address this high level of unmet need for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services, the Rano Maharitra (“Lasting Water”) Activity will increase the provision of durable WASH services to rural communities, building upon the legacy left by USAID’s RANO WASH project (2017-2023). 

Prioritizing sustainability and inclusivity, Rano Maharitra will enhance the Government of Madagascar’s ability to provide equitable and accountable water and sanitation products and services in 10 districts spread across seven rural regions of Madagascar: Atsimo Atsinanana, Anosy, Androy, Betsiboka, Fitovinany, Sofia, and Vatovavy. In support of those goals, the activity will facilitate partnerships between government agencies, civil society groups, communities, and local and international public and private sector experts to help mobilize financial resources for the WASH sector and increase supply and demand for water and sanitation products and services for rural households.

Activity Objectives

  • Build governing capacity at the national and local levels to facilitate WASH access
  • Mobilize financial resources to help provide sustainable, equitable access to rural WASH services
  • Increase the range and number of WASH products and services to benefit underserved rural communities while simultaneously working to increase demand for (and uptake of) those products and services

Illustrative Approach

  • Utilize a systems approach to advance the sustainable, inclusive growth of locally managed WASH solutions, with a particular emphasis on empowering women and young residents

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2024 - 2029
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