The Chaco region is a large geographic area that is sparsely populated. Many of those living in the region are indigenous people. The Chaco region suffers from reoccurring droughts and flooding and has the highest level of unserved people in the country.
In 2013 the Intersectoral Committee on Water Supply and Sanitation for the Chaco region (MIAS-Chaco) was activated. Representatives of local and central authorities, civil society, the private sector and development cooperation agencies are involved in this coordination committee, with the aim of finding solutions to the problems of water management and sanitation in the Chaco region.
The current models of water supply and sanitation will be revised and new plans, that are financially sustainable and socio-cultural accepted by the beneficiaries, will be developed. The project will also strengthen the capacity of community organizations, with a specific focus on female participation in decision making.
Through MIAS-Chaco, GoAL WaSH, supports knowledge exchange between municipal water and sanitation units and national and province governments, strengthening their capacities to provide sustainable services to the communities in the Chaco region.
With support of GoAL WaSH, six technical units for water supply and sanitation have been set up in the Chaco region. These units, including both technical and social expertise, are providing support to communities on water and sanitation management issues. The units are now included in the municipalities’ budgets and will thereby continue operating after the finalization of the GoAL WaSH project. Following the GoAL WaSH support, an additional nine technical units were set up by the Government in the Chaco region.