Water has a crucial role in development projects; it is a vital necessity and is a key factor in “primary” fields such as food, agriculture and energy production. Access to drinking water conditions the health of populations. Initiative Development (ID), which has extensive experience in this field, promotes the development and management of a quality water service by enhancing the use and transformation of water and by implicating authorities and beneficiaries. ID also promotes hygiene and the use of latrines.
In this context, we are part of the action towards achieving objective number seven of the United Nations’ Millennium Development goals: “Halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation”.
Institutions: Did you know ?
The French law passed on January 27 2005, called “Oudin-Santini” law allows towns, public intercommunal cooperation institutions, joint associations in charge of water distribution and sanitation and water agencies to allocate up to 1% of their “water and sanitation” budget to international cooperation projects in that field – cooperation with foreign local authorities or emergency aid.
Within this framework, ID has been assisted by the Mairie de Paris (Paris city council), the Syndicat des Eaux d’Ile de France (public institution in charge of water distribution in the Paris region) and the water agency Loire-Bretagne.
Initiative Development (ID) is a member of the Programme Solidarité Eau (water solidarity programme). PS-Eau mobilizes French actors concerning development of access to water and sanitation around the world. It also enables exchange of experiences and consultation among international cooperation actors. http://www.pseau.org/cms/node/119