Integral water and sanitation management for peacebuilding in rural areas ASIR-SABA Colombia

Project completed

Many countries transitioning to a higher economic status still struggle on the Water and Sanitation component. In such countries where water supply or sanitation have been installed aggregate outcomes tends to mask that the quality of services is poor, that inequalities are increasing and improvements in access do often not reach those groups who suffer most. New models of intervention and financing strategy are required for such countries where the majority of poor population is concentrated. Through this new initiative By finalizing a unique scaling-up process in Peru and replicating it in post conflicts areas of Colombia SDC will also enrich the global debate on the fulfillment of the SDGs and the gradual exercise of human right to water with a new model of intervention and financing strategy.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Drinking water and basic sanitation (WASH) (til 2016)
Water sector policy
Water resources conservation
01.12.2014 - 31.12.2017
CHF  990’000

Despite sustained rates of ecomic growth  and as many countries transitioning to a higher economic status Latin America is still struggling on the Water and Sanitation issues. In 2012, 36’000,000 people did not have access to drinking water and 110’000,000 people practice open defecation in LA rural areas.


To contribute to universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water and adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene in rural and post-conflict areas of the Andean Region. International debate regarding the SDGs implementation process will be enriched.

Target groups

5’800,000 people from 880 rural districts in Peru. 80’000 people from 4 municipalities of the post-conflict area in Colombia. Water and sanitation associations in Latin America and developing countries, decision makers, experts, international organizations, and water and sanitation networks.

Medium-term outcomes

Component A: Increase and sustain equitable water and sanitation coverage. By 2017, the Saba approach shall have been totally adopted and reproduced by local, regional and national authorities, that will finalize la coverage.

Component B: Capitalize, share and disseminate lessons learned from scaling up the SABA model, with an impact on sector policies.

Component C: Improve access to water and sanitation in rural areas of Colombia through an integral and sustainable water and sanitation model.


Expected results:  

Till 2017 contribute to extend access to sanitation for additional 2.1 million people and access to water for additional 0.8 million. 3 points reduction of % of acute diarrheal disease in children under 5 years. Access to W&S of 74,000 people from Colombian affected by forced displacement; 800 W&S association strengthened.

Results from previous phases:  

Between 2013-14, the project has contributed to improved access to sanitation for 732,000 people and to water for 297,000 people. For example over USD 120 million have been leveraged in 2014 with an investment of CHF 1’818,000 in 2013. Policy dialogue and knowledge exchanges have contributed to the design of the new ASIR-SABA project in Colombia; the Peruvian national plan of investment, the definition of BID rural sanitation strategy and AECID new intervention.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
Foreign state institution
  • Central State of South East

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    990’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    844’000
Project phases Phase 3 01.06.2020 - 30.06.2023   (Completed) Phase 2 06.02.2018 - 30.03.2021   (Completed)

Phase 1 01.12.2014 - 31.12.2017   (Completed)