The shift of much of Darfur’s population from rural to urban areas has severely stressed the limited water resources available in safe areas. To alleviate potential community conflicts over water, USAID is rehabilitating the Tawila Dam, approximately 50 miles from El Fasher town in North Darfur. This effort is expected to improve access to water for an estimated 50,000 or more people, including internally displaced persons and host communities.
USAID is expanding access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in Darfur to promote peace and stimulate economic recovery in line with the recommendations of the 2011 Darfur International Conference on Water for Sustainable Peace. By providing WASH facilities and trainings to conflict-affected rural communities in Central Darfur, USAID seeks to reduce vulnerability to disease and tensions over resource availability.
Activities include establishing community water and sanitation committees in 14 conflict-affected villages who are tasked with operations and maintenance of the facilities as well as promoting good hygiene practices within the community. USAID will train these committees on water point operation and maintenance and how to construct latrines in their villages. These efforts promote the voluntary, safe and sustainable resettlement of people displaced by conflict by providing access to safe water in host community villages. Rural women are among the main beneficiaries, receiving trained in hygiene and sanitation, and as members of the water and sanitation committees.
Last updated: May 10, 2013