WaterWorX phase 1 in Zambia consisted of 1 WOP with Southern WSC and Nkana WSC. Both water utilities engaged in an additional partnership with another Zambian water utility (Western WSC and Chambeshi WSC respectively). Peer to peer learning was supported under the project by allowing staff to travel and observe specific working processes in other commercial utilities (CUs).
The objectives of the first phase of the WaterWorX program were utility transformation resulting in improved water and sanitations services and service expansion. The project initially focused more on the utility transformation (the TA) and shifted towards investment halfway. This shift was caused by a deteriorating (financial) position of the local project partners.
The Zambian water sector has a limited number of organizations and this project is designed to actively cooperate with all the sectoral stakeholders. The planned activities are aimed to help the four selected utilities and the Zambian water sector at large. The WaterWorX WOP Zambia will be managed by VEI form the Netherlands side and includes the following Zambian partners:
Activities under workstream 1: Utility working processes
1.1. Develop and implement a commercial dashboard (MIS)
1.2. Develop a system to manage and maintain minimal stock levels for critical stock items
1.3. Develop an integrated work order system.
Activities under workstream 2: Enabling environment
2.1. Conduct technical and managerial skills training
2.2. Facilitate workshops for sectoral improvement
2.3. Organize international exposure visits
Activities under workstream 3: Investment mobilization
3.1. Develop infrastructure investment plans, based on conducted infrastructure needs analyses
3.2. Source donor funding for the various investment plans
3.3. Implementation of investment plans
Activities under project management
4.1. Organize project management and governance meetings
4.2. Knowledge sharing and management
4.3. Financial project management, planning and progress reporting
For more information about the Zambian water sector: http://www.nwasco.org.zm/
For more information please contact:
Leo Meijer, Resident Project Manager in Zambia