Support to effective regulatory framework and private sector involvement for drinking water supply and sanitation sector in Tajikistan

What is the Project about?

The project “Support to effective regulatory framework and private sector involvement for drinking water supply and sanitation sector in Tajikistan” seeks to improve access to safe drinking water and sanitation by improving the sustainability of the water and sanitation sector. Given the sustainability problems within the sector, focusing on the delivery of physical infrastructure alone will not improve access to water and sanitation in the long-term. Instead the project uses a ‘Service Delivery’ approach that addresses the needs for institutional strengthening and enabling policy environment. In doing so, the project will especially support the consumer groups at the grass-roots level to influence bottom-up approach in policy reform. Thus, UNDP will continue strengthening policy development and reform at the national level in the area of drinking water supply and sanitation management and governance in Tajikistan.

UNDP will enable this through providing support to the government, through the Inter-Ministerial Coordination Council (IMCC) on drinking water supply and alongside the Network of Stakeholders in the development of legislative frameworks and institutional strengthening. Further to support the policy and governance initiatives at the national level, UNDP will extend to pilot model approach interventions at the distict level bridging the policy and governance interventions at the rural setting

Project goals and objectives

Rural and urban communities in Tajikistan have sustainable and equitable access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation. 

Project expected results



Progress:

  • Documents / tools developed for tariff calculations:  “Practical guidebook for tariff calculations on drinking water supply and sewerage services for rural operators of Tajikistan”, “Methodology for tariff calculation on drinking water supply and sewerage services in Tajikistan” and “Soft-ware tool for calculations of Tariffs” has been developed, translated from Russian into English and Tajik languages. The new methodologies and Soft-ware tool for calculations of Tariffs presented to all stakeholders in September 22, 2016; https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8FMNA_R6pOfQUhUdFN4ZXBFLUU
  • A comparative policy analysis: legislative, institutional, and economic perspectives of effective business models in organization of drinking water supply and sanitation services in rural Tajikistan has been developed and translated into Tajik and English languages.  Currently, public private partnership is developing, private cooperative structures and organizations on drinking water supply and sanitation are establishing on community level; Sixth Meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Coordination Group on drinking water supply and sanitation was conducted on February 24,  2016, with major focus on Effective Business Models for drinking water supply and sanitation;
  • The Report on “Analysis of aspects of ownership rights to drinking WS&S systems and possibilities of organizing their effective management” is finalized, translated from Russian into English. The given report is an in-depth analysis of ownership and operational management rights issues in the related sector and which also poses potentially a greater positive impact if obstacles are resolved at national level. The findings and recommendations of the given study are yet to be shared with national authorities and policy makers through the IMWG in the nearest future; http://www.obinushoki.tj/category/our-publication/
  • Analysis on state of demonopolization and private sector involvement for drinking water supply and sanitation sector in Tajikistan has been developed, translated from Russian into English http://www.obinushoki.tj/category/our-publication/;
  • During the period of May 31th thru June 5th, 2016, a Study Tour to Yerevan (Republic of Armenia) was organized to learn more about “Consumer rights protection mechanisms and rights-based state regulation for drinking WS&S in Armenia”, as well as exchange on best practices, lessons learned and new approaches. The given exchange was organized in the framework of  GoAL WaSH Programme to provide participants a more in-depth review of Armenian experience on the following concrete subject areas and issues: (a) Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC): Mandate, methods and approaches in providing effective protection of consumer rights and interests; (b) Regulatory Framework: independent regulation of public services, legal provisions and institutional setup, features of regulation, good governance and consumer rights protection approaches; (c) Feedback mechanisms between supplier and consumers: level and methods of interaction; (d) Tariff and non-tariff regulatory approaches, licensing and establishment of license conditions; and (e) Cooperation framework with other stakeholders (national authorities, civil society, private sector).
  • Study visit and training of trainers on Alternative dispute resolution methods for Government and local executive bodies’ representatives working in the sphere of water supply and sanitation, as well as major water supply enterprises of Tajikistan held in Almaty, Kazakhstan on 22-26 August 2016.
  • Public Advisory Councils have been established under Khujandvodokanal and Dushanbevodokanal.  Public Advisory Councils in Khujand and Dushanbe have held 9 and 2 meetings accordingly; http://vecherka.tj/news/v-dushanbe-nachal-funktsionirovat-obshhestvenny-j-sovet-potrebitelej-pit-evoj-vody/
  • Water Trust Fund (WTF) was established under the Local Executive Branch of State Power of Kulob City in order to accumulate of financial resources: republic budget (15%) and local budget (10%), economic entities and population (5%), donor resources and international organizations (70%) for construction of drinking water supply and sanitation systems. $40K was transferred from GOAL WASH project for rehabilitation and reconstruction of rural drinking water infrastructure “Drinking water supply systems in Taniyol village, Dahana Jamoat of Kulyab district”through Water Trust Fund in Kulyab district; To date, in total 17 contracts had been concluded through the Trust Fund “Obi Dehot”, and cumulative value of commitments is estimated at 1,936,620.92 TJS (USD 299,880.62). As of 20 November 2016, sub-contracted organizations have performed to implement works at a value of 1,854,885.64 TJS. Total community contribution to the Water Trust Fund from target villages/drinking water supply systems is estimated at 17,175.00 TJS (USD 2,717.65). The given contributions have been mobilized in accordance with 5% cost-sharing requirement to the target systems. The following DWSS constructed under Goal Wash project:

-          Sub-project #1: “Drinking water supply systems in Taniyol village, Dahana Jamoat of Kulyab district”.

  • The Report on “Review of sanitation policy and practice in Tajikistan” is completed and available in English and Russian versions;
  • The policy document – “Practical recommendations on good governance: transparency, accountability and citizen participation” – applicable for drinking water supply and sanitation sector, finalized and following its translation into Tajik and English, submitted for endorsement by MoEWR and/or Antimonopoly Agency;
  • On 16 February 2016 – Press Conference on “Consumer Rights Protection and Good governance for drinking WS&S” conducted. The idea was to attract more active involvement of mass media in the DWS&S;
  • Local TajWSS Network in Kulyab district established, consisting of key water stakeholders;

Outputs:

  • Name main outputs (reports, documents, etc.)  and other materials produced during the year.
  • Established of an online resource site www.obinushoki.tj at the base of PO Consumer Union to extend legal services for the drinking water consumers throughout Tajikistan;
  • 5 knowledge products with legal information for consumers about their rights and responsibilities developed and disseminated; http://www.obinushoki.tj/category/our-publication/
  • The Report on “Analysis of aspects of ownership rights to drinking WS&S systems and possibilities of organizing their effective management” is finalized, translated from Russian into English. http://www.obinushoki.tj/category/our-publication/
  • Analysis on state of demonopolization and private sector involvement for drinking water supply and sanitation sector in Tajikistan has been developed, translated from Russian into English;
  • Documents / tools developed for tariff calculations:  “Practical guidebook for tariff calculations on drinking water supply and sewerage services for rural operators of Tajikistan”, “Methodology for tariff calculation on drinking water supply and sewerage services in Tajikistan” and “Soft-ware tool for calculations of Tariffs” has been developed, translated from Russian into English and Tajik languages. The new methodologies and Soft-ware tool for calculations of Tariffs presented to all stakeholders in September 22, 2016 https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8FMNA_R6pOfQUhUdFN4ZXBFLUU;
  • A comparative policy analysis: legislative, institutional, and economic perspectives of effective business models in organization of drinking water supply and sanitation services in rural Tajikistan has been developed and translated into Tajik and English languages.  http://www.obinushoki.tj/category/our-publication/

The following articles were published during 2016:

Training in Sarob:

National round Table:

1. http://www.obinushoki.tj/2017/01/12/%D0%B2-%D0%B4%D1%83%D1%88%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%B1%D0%B5-%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%BE%D1%88%D0%B5%D0%BB-%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%86%D0%B8%D0%BE%D0%BD%D0%B0%D0%BB%D1%8C%D0%BD%D1%8B%D0%B9-%D0%BA%D1%80%D1%83%D0%B3%D0%BB%D1%8B/

2. http://www.dialog.tj/news/konflikty-mezhdu-zhiltsami-i-kontroljorami-vodokanalov-yavlyayutsya-sledstviem-ikh-nizkoj-pravovoj-aktivnosti

 after Armenia Study Tour

 about  State unitary Enterprises

And again about consumers rights  with regard to  Vodokanals  https://www.news.tj/ru/news/tajikistan/society/20170111/i-snova-o-pravah-potrebitelei-v-otnosheniyah-s-vodokanalami

Project partners

At the policy level, UNDP intends to closely interact with government counterparts, with the pivotal roles of the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources. Other partners and target groups to be engaged in the work to be carried out include:

Duty-bearers:

  • Consumers Union of Tajikistan (CU);
  • Parliament of the Republic of Tajikistan;
  • State Unitary Enterprise ‘Housing and Communal Services’ (as the focal entity responsible for coordination, regulation, operation and maintenance of drinking WS&S systems);
  • Ministries of Energy and Water Resources; Finance; Economic Development and Trade; and Health (Sanitary and Epidemiological Services);
  • Agencies for Antimonopoly; Construction and Architecture; Standardization, Metrology and Certification; and Geology;
  • Committees for Environment Protection; Emergency Situation and Civil Defense;
  • Private sector representatives;
  • Concerned Oblast and district level Hukumats, and Jamoats;

Who finances it?

SIWI  and UNDP

Delivery in previous fiscal year

USD 250,000

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