India-funded project garners praise for livelihood improvements in Chad

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The Government of India-funded project “Reinforce the Resilience of the Vulnerable Populations in the Regions of the Kanem and Lake Chad”, implemented by UNDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, Water and Fishing, is focused on restoring degraded lands and improving water and sanitation facilities in the region.

The total budget for this project under the India-UN Development Partnership Fund is US$600,000, after the Government of India approved an additional US$300,000 to contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of the vulnerable populations through the sanitation of their environment.

“I welcome the speed with which the two phases are being carried out”, said H.E. Mr. Ali Alifei Moustapha, Permanent Representative of Chad to the United Nations in New York. He further added, “Beneficiary populations are also grateful for the support provided by the Government of India to cope with the devastating impacts of climate change. Thanks to solar energy, agricultural and pastoral activities will be developed by the facilities for dewatering and conservation of the products it allows.”

New latrines have been built in eight villages, including in schools and health centers and new boreholes equipped with solar panels have been constructed in said villages. In addition, fences, grid installation, iron post, barbed wire and other equipment have been supplied to local communities to build a nursery at a site in Kekedena. The nursery will provide seedlings as part of the effort to control soil degradation and deforestation in the wadies and polders of Lake Chad and Kanem.

Water management, hygiene and sanitation committees have been created as well as trainings conducted to support the committees in administrative and financial management, scheduling, operating and maintaining of photovoltaic systems.

Training courses are being provided to professionals and local leaders on WASH and protection of the environment. This project also aims to conduct sensitization sessions on good WASH practices for the community to introduce clean, hygienic practices. Workshops on good practices and lessons learned will be conducted on a regular basis.

The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) is the Fund Manager and Secretariat of the Board of Directors of the India-UN Development Partnership Fund; supporting and guiding through the overall project cycle.

The successful implementation of this project is expected to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, namely SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages, SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation, SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities and, SDF 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.