Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene

Project Title: PAPHyR, Programme d’Amelioration de l’Acces a l’Assainissement et des Pratiques d’Hygiene en milieu Rural


Benin is MCDI's second country funded under the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) through their Global Sanitation Fund (GSF). The overarching goal of this project is to eliminate open defecation in poor rural areas and provide sustainable and equitable access to sanitation services with good hygiene practices. This project's geographical scope covers four of Benin’s 12 departments (Borgou, Atacora, Donga and Collines) and will reach a total of 2.9 million people in 8,181 localities. MCDI provides NGOs sub-grants to implement the PAPHyR objectives: increasing the number of people living in open defecation free (ODF) environments, increasing the number of people washing their hands with soap, increasing the number of people using improved latrines, promoting the construction of improved latrines and hand-washing stations, and identifying and disseminating successful and innovative sanitation and hygiene approaches.


Project accomplishments include the following:

  • Signed sub-grants with 14 NGOs, funding the first round of sub-grants;
  • Provided support for the validation of the National WASH strategy training guide for Benin;
  • Trained and provided support to NGOs and other stakeholders to accomplish project objectives through the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach, sanitation marketing and behavior change communication (BCC).

Funder: Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) / Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)

Duration: 5 years, 2015-2019


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