Partnering to Improve Rural Water and Sanitation in Colombia

Co-authored by Silvia Ortiz-Stradtmann, Water and Sanitation Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank The PepsiCo Foundation and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), together with other partners, are in Colombia today for the official launch of a series of pilot projects to tackle water and sanitation challenges faced in rural Colombian communities. The projects will test and develop innovative models to provide sustainable water and sanitation services to underserved communities. Water and sanitation play a significant role in poverty eradication, health and education and are intrinsically linked to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In countries like Colombia, there continue to be challenges in reaching the water related MDGs given that there is only a 45% water and 16.8% sanitation coverage in the country’s rural areas. The AquaFund – a program supported with funds from the IDB, the PepsiCo Foundation, the government of Switzerland, and the government of Austria – provides grants... Read more