By Staff Writer
WaterAid Zambia says Zambia can accelerate progress towards meeting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and National Development Goals (NDGs) if it uses the Expanded CDF to increase investment in water, sanitation, and hygiene sector.
WaterAid Country Director Pamela Chisanga noted that President Hakainde Hichilema’s numerous pronouncements regarding Water, Sanitation and Hygiene services in Healthcare Facilities, Schools and public places.
Ms Chisanga said CDF could bridge the gap of investment required to increase access particularly at community level and in public facilities such as schools and health care facilities.
“For us as WaterAid Zambia, CDF is very critical for increased access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene services. We have heard a lot of pronouncements about how CDF can be utilized. We have seen how it has been ring fenced for some interventions such as bursaries. We want to look at how CDF can be utilized to support increase in funding to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene services,” she said.
Ms Chisanga was speaking during a stakeholder caucus on CDF with Members of Parliament, selected ministries and Civil Society Organisations convened by WaterAid Zambia.
And Western Province Minister Kapelwa Mbangweta said President Hakainde Hichilema gave MPs clear guidance to have toilets and running water at each school, court and health care facility.
Mr Mbangweta who is also Nkeyema MP said that the work being done by WaterAid was in line with the New Dawn Government’s aspirations.