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Access to clean water for Indonesia’s urban poor is a continuing challenge.

IUWASH expands access to water and sanitation services to Indonesia’s urban poor

IUWASH Indonesia Urban Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (IUWASH) is a five years development project funded by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). IUWASH assists the Government of Indonesia to make a significant progress in the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 2015 by expanding access to clean water for two million Indonesian urban poor and 250,000 people (50,000 low-income families) gain access to improved sanitation facilities. We are doing this by improving urban water and sanitation services, mobilizing demand for these services, improving governments’ capacity for service delivery, and contributing to government strategies.


In addition, IUWASH also promotes the goals of the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership by improving urban water and sanitation services thereby strengthening individual health. In reaching its goal, IUWASH works at the intersection of communities, local government, and service providers.

Typical urban poor area in Indonesia with limited sanitation services.

The commitment of IUWASH is to mobilize demands for water supply and better sanitation service delivery, as well as improves capacity for service delivery (especially of government institutions).

that can contribute to sanitation improvements, and local government institutions contributing to both sustainable water and sanitation service improvements. This assistance will address the technical, financial and accountability aspects of improving/expanding water and sanitation services.


IUWASH will work to systematically improve the capacity of water service providers to provide high quality service and expand service to new customers, especially the urban poor.

General condition of urban sanitation facility.

IUWASH also strengthens national strategies and enables local government and water utilities to deliver high quality, efficient water and sanitation services. Increasing access to water and sanitation will require different, but mutually reinforcing initiatives to mobilize demand, increase capacity for service delivery, and improve the enabling environment. Outcomes in each component are inextricably linked, and success under one cannot be achieved if there is not commensurate success in the other two. Demand mobilization for improved water and sanitation services. Demand for affordable and safe drinking water is high among the poorest Indonesian households. The challenge is to mobilize this existing demand so that communities can work with water utilities to access more affordable and increasingly high quality piped water services. IUWASH will also target increasing the demand for improved sanitation at both the household and community levels. To lead the urban poor to invest in household and community-level sanitation improvements, IUWASH will increase the awareness of the urban populations to the economic, environmental, and health benefits of improved sanitation. To ensure that all such demand mobilization efforts are sustained into the future, IUWASH will focus on building the capacity for implementing and expanding such efforts within relevant Government of Indonesia institutions at both national and local levels, water utilities, and civil society groups. Capacity improvements to provide sustainable safe water and sanitation services. To sustainably realize overall expected results, IUWASH capacity improvement activities will facilitate the delivery of expanded water supply and sanitation services on a sustainable basis. To this end, IUWASH will provide technical assistance to water utilities, private businesses

Create an enabling environment supporting equitable water and sanitation services. IUWASH will work through the lens of good governance because the greatest challenges faced by service providers in Indonesia are essentially governance problems. The focus of IUWASH is on water and sanitation governance reform as a key element to achieving greater access to piped water service and improved sanitation. The overall enabling environment in Indonesia must improve to ensure that both demand mobilization efforts and water and sanitation improvements are sustained and able to be scaled up so that water and sanitation improvements reach all urban poor. Two important aspects of this enabling environment include increased political and institutional support for policies that promote desired sector reform and access to financial resources to fund water/sanitation services improvements at the city/water utility level and at the household level. This component thrives to improve access to financing for water and sanitation infrastructure by demonstrating to banks and investors that water and sanitation investments–whether in large loans to local government or PDAMs, or as microloans to households, communities, or small medium enterprises–can be good investments.

For more information please contact:

Indonesia Urban Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (IUWASH) Mayapada Tower 10th floor Jl. Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 28 Jakarta 12920, Indonesia Tel. +62-21 522 - 0540 Fax. +62-21 522 - 0539 @airsanitasi di Twitter

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