"We removed 5 meters of sand and the well is now 12 meters deep - it never lacks water anymore - much to the delight of the villagers" stresses Mamane Tourba, beaming a big smile."
The well is now deeper, and protected by a retaining wall. Every user must remove their shoes before entering the enclosure, as a protection measure against contamination. The run-off water is evacuated by a channel to avoid stagnation and is used to irrigate newly planted trees. They will soon start to give shade around the well. Animals can also come to drink from a specific channel.
Everyday the women of the village come to the well to get water they need for household consumption and for animals. They pay a monthly user fee. This money is managed by a committee that ensures the maintenance of the well. This ensures a better sustainable use of the well and its water.
In the two communes of Sokorbe and Dongo Kiria, LoCAL-UNCDF rehabilitated more than 8 wells and built 3 new wells. In total, 5826 people including 3901 women now have better access to drinking water.
Idrissa Moussa of LoCAL-UNCDF in Niger says that what matters most, beyond the direct results of the projects, is the process that leverages the efficiency of local authorities and the equitable distribution of benefits to impact the most vulnerable populations .
As shown in Niger, LoCAL is a mechanism which can be tailored to specific country circumstances. It makes it possible to directly support the communes and their populations so that they can climate-proof and finance their development plans. LoCAL helps to coordinate public policies for adaptation and decentralization. It gives the choice to those most affected by climate change impacts to adapt to new conditions, to test new practices and to live with dignity. LoCAL also makes it possible to increase the level of funds made available to local communities.
LoCAL uses a demonstration effect to trigger further funding flows for local adaptation, including both national fiscal transfers and transfers of global climate finance through central governments to local authorities.
After two years, the results are convincing. The last evaluation mission concluded that the 2 communes had each met all the LoCAL-UNCDF requirements and attained good performance ratings. In 2015/2016, Sokorbe received a score of 75% and Dogon Kiria 70%. In 2016/2017, both communes scored over 77%.
Niger is therefore rapidly moving into the second phase of the implementation of LoCAL and can grow on the experience and skills now acquired by local administrations.
Through the use of country systems, LoCAL provides a mechanism that can replicate the Sokorbe and dongon Kiria experiences in other communes throughout the whole territory of Niger
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Mr. Idrissa Moussa, National Technical Advisor (LoCAL), firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Sophie De Coninck, LoCAL Programme Manager (Africa), email@example.com