In 2019 alone, WaterWorX (WWX) helped provide access to clean water for 630.0003 people and improve sanitation facilities for 30.000 people. WWX forecast is that by the end of phase I, WWX WOPs will have reached one million people in all programme areas.
WaterWorX (WWX) Annual Report 2019 not only shares stories that celebrate the progress made in the 2019 fiscal year; it also highlights the remarkable things learned this year on WWX journey of continuous improvement. The report summarizes all activities, following the work packages and activities that were presented in the WWX proposal: WP1: People and organization WP2: Water WP3: Finance WP4: Enabling environment WP5: Program coordination.
Reporting on the WP2 shows that 1 million people now have direct access to improved water and/or sanitation facilities, of which at least 50% are poor; Climate mitigation plans have been implemented for at least 8 utilities; or that the financial position has for at least 15 utilities.
More 2019 milestones have been the Micro Finance Investment approach for Utilities, worked out and ready to be implemented in WWX WOPs with last mile investments in poorer/rural areas; or the preparation of MoU between Finish Mondial and WWX.
On the overall, the particular highlight of 2019 was the development, review and launch of master plans for service provision, capability assessments and optimization (maintenance and/or business) plans by 25 of our 26 WOPs (see Table below for a full overview). Each plan represents the commitment to the aim of reaching 10 million people by 2030. They are the end of the beginning. They also highlight the challenges to come, not least mobilizing the necessary finance to meet each WOPs ambitious goals and scaling up their efforts.
2020 will be also an important year the program to go through a dedicated process jointly with the relevant stakeholders to mold the next phase of WaterWorX. WWX will remain vigilant in 2020 to diversify our sources of funding. Some innovations to the approach to WOPs will be investigated in 2020, like the linkage with climate change and carbon credits, and the possibilities to help in refugee areas.