|Duration||Start 1 September, 2018 till 31 August, 2024|
|Field of expertise||Improving Access to Basic Services|
|Partners||Woord en Daad; Dutch Water Authorities; Eijkelkamp BV|
|Funding||Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands|
The specific objective is to facilitate the introduction of a permit and tariffing system. Support is given on translating water abstraction and availability data into an overall allotment of water access through permits, and setting up a system for issuing water use permits, including pricing, motivated allotment, water use requirements..
Six organisations are involved in a public private partnership: the Dutch non-governmental organisation Woord en Daad, VNG International, Dutch Water Authorities, Awash Basin Development Office, Oromia Regional Water, Mining and Energy Bureau, and the Dutch private company Eijkelkamp Projects, dealing with equipment to measure discharge, water levels and water quality.
Improved regulation and ultimately an effective tariffing system and paying end-users, can only be established with accurate water system data generated by appropriate instrumentation resulting in appropriate management information (hardware/software).
This public private partnership works towards a solution for the national challenge on the roles of federal and regional water governments establishing mandates for licensing, measuring and charging in the sub system. Together with Dutch Water Authorities, VNG International supports the Awash Basin Development Office on organizational and capacity-development level, and facilitates the introduction of a permit and tariffing system. Support is given on translating water abstraction and availability data into an overall allotment of water access through permits, and setting up a system for issuing water use permits, including pricing, motivated allotment, water use requirements.
VNG International's methodology is rolled out to levying and collection of the charges. The backbone in the approach is to establish a constructive dialogue between an accountable government body that understands its main task of delivering good services and being customer-oriented, and engaged citizens. The methodology follows a 5-step process:
1) develop a strategy for implementation;
2) develop awareness creation (plans) and social skills for River Basin staff;
3) establish organisational processes for registration, permitting, charging, collection and enforcement;
4) introduce and train on an easy to use, easy to implement, permit free billing and collection software to facilitate effective revenue management and decrease the risks of leakages and fraud;
5) follow-up with project management training to sustain the services and early results.
The expected results of the project are:
- 100% of the water abstractors registered by AwBa/OWMEB
- 100% of the non-traditional users (1500) licensed and charged by AwBa/OWMEB based on a water permit guideline, guided by a priority ladder, with 46,695 irrigated ha under permit.
- Obtaining data of 80% of the total water volume, which is used by the non-traditional users, as input for allocation, licensing and charging.
- At least 90% user charges collected from 80% of water volume abstracted.
- A charge levying and billing IT system is functioning
- 50 staff of AWBA directorate for water administration trained on charging fees to water users
- AWBA/VNGI?have reached at least 25,000 people to increase awareness on water charging and the need for paying to achieve inclusive access to water and efficiency water use.
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