UN Joint Programme on Water and Sanitation

Summary


As a part of the UN Joint Programme, UNDP component implementation started covering the target soums of Khovd and Gobi-Altai aimags in 2008, with the overall goal to improve water and sanitation management and service provision in Mongolia.

UN Joint Programme on Water and Sanitation has been extended to additional target soums in Bayankhongor and Umnugovi Aimags from June 2010. 

In south Mongolia, people are very vulnerable to a range of stress such as access to resources and other socio-environmental circumstances shaped by political and economic processes, as follows:

  • Widespread economic insecurity in rural areas, where 46% of the population lives in poverty;
  • Poor access to safe water sources (39.2%) and improved sanitation facilities (26.6%) in rural areas, 20% less than the global average;
  • Lack of qualitative health services lead to a high mortality rate of children;
  • Challenges from climate change such as sand and dust storm, flash floods, heavy snowfalls, droughts, desertification, water stress, and land cover changes.

Upgrading social services and providing adaptation approach to climate change effects is recognized as the best way to enhance the people’s overall security not only in the short and medium, but also longer terms. Therefore, the project will support specifically a five-prong intervention with interrelated components.

What are the project’s goals?

The project responds to the urgent need to accelerate Mongolia’s off-track target of the MDG 7 ‘to halve the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation’ and increase funding for public investments. Within the MDGs Acceleration Framework, the Project aims to foster capacity development by enabling local governments to fully undertake their assigned functions in the rural water and sanitation, enhance local resources mobilization, improve the quality and access of service delivery, thus contribute to the achievement of the national MDG 7 target by 2015.

To alleviate social inequality of most neglected and vulnerable populations affected by both serious poverty and climate change in South Mongolia (the Gobi-areas), in order to enhance their human security with integrated, multisectoral and prevention measures.

Immediate Objectives of the Project

Water and Sanitation:

To increase the access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation among the vulnerable community members and school children (UNDP & UNICEF)

Education:

To improve the quality of formal education through rights-based child friendly schools (UNICEF)

Primary Health Care:

To enhance the access and quality of people-centered primary health care (PHC) (WHO & UNFPA)

Job Security:

To provide the target communities with income generation opportunities through community based organizations (UNDP)

Public Outreach & Dissemination:

To share the lessons-learnt from this pilot initiative (Participating UN Agencies)

 

Major Expected Outputs



  • Up to 80% of household in the target areas have access to improved water sources and sanitation facilities
  • All the six target schools be developed as model child-friendly schools in their soums that promote child-friendly school features especially health and safety
  • 6 pilot soum health facilities improved with equal access to safe water, sanitation and health care waste disposal facilities as models for communities
  • At least 12 new business group/community enterprises with approximate 100 new job opportunities are established through vocational and entrepreneurship training for youth and unemployed community members.

What have we accomplished so far:

  • DDDC for indoor and outdoor water supply and sewerage system and wastewater treatment facility of Zereg and Myangad soums of Khovd aimag, Bayan-Uul, Biger and Tonkhil soums of Govi-Altai aimag, Bayangovi soum of Bayankhongor aimag and Bulgan and Tsogt-Ovoo soums of Umnugovi aimag.
  • Total of 34 springs/oasis in target soums are protected by herders as a group.
  • Constructed hygiene protection zones to the main water sources in Bayan-Uul, Biger and Tugrug soums of Govi-Altai aimag by herders as a group.
  • Recycling bins to each target soums (1 big and 2 small bins with 3 separate containers in each set) provided. Recycling bins are located at public administration buildings thus conducted recyclable solid wastes study.
  • Established small-scale reproduction factory from the recycled raw materials in Bayan-Uul soum of Govi-Altai aimag, Shinejinst soum of Bayankhongor aimag and Bulgan soum of Umnugovi aimag. 
  • Monthly water quality monitoring is being conducted and database established with the procured portable laboratory tools to each target soum.
  • Handed over HACH laboratory tool (tests water quality by 22 indicators) to General Agency for Specialized Inspection of Khovd aimag.
  • Construction work of spring protection, water collection reservoir, water supply pipeline and water distribution kiosks in Bulgan soum, Umnugovi aimag is under process. Commissioning will be held in July 2013.
  • Construction work of indoor and outdoor water supply, sewerage pipelines and wastewater treatment facilities in public buildings of Zereg soum, Khovd aimag is under process. Commissioning will be held in July 2013.
  • “Roadmap to achieve MDG 7 Target 16” approved by the Government of Mongolia, Session minutes dated to Feb 15, 2012.
  • “General guideline to change a structure of the organization providing WSS in aimag and soum center” approved by the Resolution #304/78 of MRTCUD dated to Nov 4, 2011.
  • “Monotype Design Drawings Album on Small Scale Wastewater Treatment Facilities” approved by the Resolution #208 of the Minister of Construction and Urban Development dated to July 16, 2012. Ministry of Justice registered the album on Aug 14, 2012 with No.3339.
  • “Terms and Terminology Standard and Thesaurus of WSS” approved by the Resolution #52 of the Standardization national committee meeting dated to Oct 27, 2011.
  • “EN 12566 Eurostandard of Small Scale Wastewater Treatment Facility” approved by the Resolution #75 of the Standardization national committee meeting dated to Dec 16, 2011.
  • “MDG Assessment Methodology” approved by the Order #1/4 of the Director of NSO dated to Jan 3, 2013.
  • WSS National database. Website is based at Ministry of Construction and Urban Development.
  • Expansion of WSS National Database by inserting GIS data. Currently under development.
  • “EN 12255-1, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11 Eurostandard of Small Scale of Wastewater Treatment Facilities” approved by the Standardization national committee meeting dated to Dec 20, 2012.
  • “ISO 24511:2007 Activities relating to drinking water and wastewater services - Guidelines for the management of wastewater utilities and for the assessment of wastewater services” approved by the Standardization national committee meeting dated to Dec 20, 2012.
  • “ISO 24512:2007 Activities relating to drinking water and wastewater services - Guidelines for the management of drinking water utilities and for the assessment of drinking water services” approved by the Standardization national committee meeting dated to Dec 20, 2012.
  • Household Survey Material based on MDG Assessment Methodology.

Who finances it?

Year

Donor

Amount contributed

2011

TRAC

GoAL WaSH

AusAid

UNTFHS

US$ 29,653.70

US$ 177,394.02

US$ 153,412.32

US$ 33,063.00

2012

GoAL WaSH

AusAid

UNTFHS

US$ 162,481.58

US$ 220,649.94

US$ 294,973.28

2013

TRAC

GoAL WaSH

AusAid

UNTFHS

US$ 128,000.00

US$ 50,000.00

US$ 439,915.00

US$ 358,980.00

Delivery in previous fiscal year

Year

Total Delivery

2010

US$ 231,992.10

2011

US$ 339,684.10

2012

US$ 404,806.14

Overview
Status:
Closed
Project start date:
2008
Project end date:
November 2013
Geographic coverage:
Bayan-Uul and Tugrug soums of Govi-Altai aimag; Bayangovi and Shinejinst soums of Bayankhongor aimag; Bulgan and Tsogt-Ovoo soums of Umnugovi aimag
Focus area:
Environment and Energy
MDG:
MDG 7, Target 16
Partners:
Ministry of Environment and Green Development; Ministry of Construction and Urban Development; Ministry of Education and Science; Ministry of Health and Ministry of Industry and Agriculture
Donors:
UN Trust Fund for Human Security
Budget:
US$ 2,703,679
UNDP Focal point:
Ms. B. Bunchingiv, Team Leader; Ms. J.Chimeg, Programme Analyst
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