Etiopía: el uso de micro becas para la provisión y el saneamiento del agua / Ethiopia: A model for long-term microgranting programs for water and sanitation

Aileen Y. Chang, Theodore Svoronos, Neal Lesh. Lesh

Resumen


En Mekele, Etiopía, se coordinó de manera efectiva una micro beca de $3,000 dólares estadounidenses para proveer a 6,000 personas de agua potable a través de una cooperación entre las organizaciones Millennium Cities Initiative, Community Lab, Spark Micro Grants, el Servicio de Agua y de Alcantarillado, el gobierno local y líderes comunitarios de NebarKetema. El presente artículo discute los métodos utilizados y los modos para mejorarlos.

Palabras clave: agua potable, Etiopía, micro becas

Abstraqct

A microgrant is a small sum of money donated for the purpose of improving the standard of living of impoverished communities. The goal of this paper is to suggest a model which non-governmental organizations may employ to initiate long-term microgranting programs for improving access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. The model involves the partnership of the microgranting organization with local government and communities. The aim of the model is to facilitate long-term infrastructure and capacity building with regards to the administration of microgrants. While the model is specifically applicable to microgranting in Ethiopia, many of the recommendations may be applicable to microgranting projects in other countries. The paper will address the value of microgranting to water and sanitation, the importance of partnership with the local government, and considerations for how to design a microgrant program.

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