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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Provision of Portable water to local communities and environmental sanitation

Brikama Area Council (
Local / Regional Government

    From the ward consultations, almost every village has an issue with access to adequate and clean
    drinking water as well as access to electricity supply. In terms of access to water, either they are
    using water from open wells; hand pumps that are barely functional; boreholes with inadequate
    tank and solar panel capacities to serve their needs, and cant be connected to NAWEC due distance . Similarly,
    they do not have adequate water to provide for the needs of their cattle, in areas with large cattle
    concentration. Water is a basic need, and thus strategies need to be put in place to see how best to
    relief this major burden on the people by improving access to clean drinking water through
    provision of new borehole systems, rehabilitation and expansion of existing borehole systems, and
    extension of water mains in key streets of major settlements. Cattle drinking points should be
    provided where necessary.
    ➢ Provide borehole systems to communities using open wells
    ➢ Expand borehole systems for communities with inadequate capacity, especially boreholes
    serving two or more communities
    ➢ Provide cattle drinking points for clusters of communities with a large cattle population
    ➢ Support extension of pipe-borne water to under-served urban settlements
    The Council will ensure that the immediate priorities of the council and its citizens
    are acted upon in a timely and coordinated manner. Each priority is accompanied by a listing of
    priority actions that form the basis for the Results Framework. While some activities will be
    implemented by the council, the execution of others will have to be done by relevant partners, all
    under the overall supervision and coordination of the council. The council should have in place
    the means of ensuring proper and effective implementation, coordination, monitoring and
    evaluation of the plan.
    Similarly, NGOs that are engaged in the relevant aspects of the plan, as well as the communities
    themselves, will be engaged to contribute in the realization of these priority objectives. Also, the
    engagement of the private sector will be sought on possible joint venture initiatives like public
    private partnerships as well as through offering certain incentives where feasible and appropriate,
    to encourage them to invest in the region for wealth and job creation.
    Also, while the involvement of bilateral and multi-lateral development partners tend to focus more
    at the national level, the council will actively seek to engage them on how best they could support
    activities that are in line with their respective mandates and engagement with the country. This is
    particularly relevant, as these donors have organized their activities around the National
    Development Plan and that they have a stake in a fully functioning local government system that
    is responsive to local needs.
    Finally, the active consultation and engagement of communities and citizens must be pursued as
    part of this collaborative partnership-building process. Citizens need to be consulted in the
    identification of the council priorities; engaged to actively participate in the execution of
    programmes where necessary; and regularly apprised of ongoing developments at the council.

    Expected Impact

    The council to that cognizant of the fact that the implementation of SDG suffered some setbacks most particularly in the under-developing world. this is attributed to a series of factors ranging from, inequalities, inadequate smart technological infrastructure, minimal or untapped multi-stakeholder partnerships and capacity gaps. The council identified some of these challenges through multiple stakeholders' engagement both at the regional, national and international levels, thus, enabling us to craft a candid result oriented approach.
    As evident, Local community participation in water and sanitation management has the potential to yield benefits such as the empowerment of marginalized groups and sustainable service delivery. However, the current indicator monitors the existence of policies and procedures for local community participation and not whether this participation is genuine and meaningful. Further research is required to understand the complexities of participation and its impact, to ensure that policies are effective and sustainable. Furthermore, Good water governance provides the political, institutional and administrative rules, practices and processes for taking decisions and implementing them. It is key to implementing integrated water resources management, which aims to coordinate between sectors to overcome a siloed approach. An improved enabling environment for investment will create the necessary impetus for private sector investment that will boost progress on SDG 6. Implementing IWRM at the transboundary level is further evidence and recognition of the critical need to strengthen cooperation over shared water resources and the benefits they provide, which can prevent conflicts.
    The formulation of this action was primarily informed by local community people through a candid result oriented interaction with the council. The interactions were centred on identifying challenges and articulating solutions thereby ensuring collective participation in the implementation with an aim to bridge the gap and ensure community ownership. Another means for the action to accelerate the SDG implementation is the framework approach the action aims to take. The Council as a public institution considerably factored the prevailing inequality and thus, required us to formulate policies that are all-inclusive and participatory.
    A solid and workable strategic plan requires opening the lines of communication by
    involving the relevant parties that have a stake in the activities of the council: support staff,
    managers, directors, councillors and citizens. Without everyone on board from the beginning, the
    likelihood of facing challenges and/or failure in implementation becomes high. While this is true
    during the plan formulation process, communication has to be a continuous process.
    Everyone needs to understand how they fit into this action, and making the plan readily accessible to stakeholders, acts as an
    additional motivator and a source of accountability.
    Effective communication ensures not only transparency and accountability in the council’s
    operations but also builds confidence and trust with its partners. The council should therefore
    make use of all available channels of communication, including developing a website, radio talk
    shows, and social media to provide the framework for internal and external communication, aimed
    at improving its visibility and fostering support among external partners. This we hope will address the interlinkages, and accelerate SDG implementation.


    The Strategic Plan defines the strategic priorities that the council sets to achieve within the plan
    period in fulfilment of the aspirations of its people. While the primary responsibility for the
    realization of these objectives lies with the council, it is evident that BAC alone cannot do it given
    its limited financial, human and material resources base. It is therefore important that the council
    seeks beneficial partnerships in this journey. The council has collaborated with some institutions implementing such as "SEN DE GEL" and "GAMWOL". Still, it intends to partner with more institutions and philanthropies in the area of the provision of safe drinking water to people in both rural and urban settlement within the jurisdiction of west coast region.

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    Goal 6

    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

    Goal 6


    By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all


    Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services


    By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations


    Proportion of population using (a) safely managed sanitation services and (b) a hand-washing facility with soap and water


    By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally


    Proportion of domestic and industrial wastewater flows safely treated


    Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality


    By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

    Change in water-use efficiency over time


    Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources


    By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate


    Degree of integrated water resources management 


    Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation


    By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes

    Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time


    By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies

    Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan


    Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management


    Proportion of local administrative units with established and operational policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management

    Name Description
    Provided solar-powered borehole to Madina Salam in partnership with Gammol
    Provision of trash bins to growth centers and institutions
    construction of sanitary facilities in communities
    cleansing exercise
    Financing (in USD)
    cost of trash bins and imporatation
    Financing (in USD)
    cost of contract
    In-kind contribution
    tools for cleansing, e.g garbage trucks, Hand Forks, spades, wheelbarrows, facemasks, gloves
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    Action Network
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    01 January 2023 (start date)
    01 January 2026 (date of completion)
    Brikama Area Council
    1. Africa
    Other beneficiaries

    the primary target of these provisions is the inhabitants of the west Coast region, but considering the geographical nature of some rural communities within the region shared border with the southern part of Senegal. And therefore, the projects will also accord the neighbouring community bordering the area to have access to clean and potable water.

    More information
    CAPRE Foundation
    Contact Information

    lamin, Clerk of Council & Public Relations Officer