Climate-Resilient Water and Sanitation (2019-2022)

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Project Location

Project Duration

4 years

Total Value


Value of Montrose Component



  • A lack of water and sanitation services causes almost 1,000 deaths among under-fives every day and contributes to malnutrition.
  • Ensuring services are sustainable is critical, which will become harder as flood and drought become more common as a result of climate change.
  • There has been limited investment in climate-resilient services in developing countries.
  • Research funded by the WaSH Policy Team shows that in 2015 between 25 and 40% of rural water supplies in Africa were not working.


  • The programme proposes £17 million of financial aid and technical assistance to the Government of Ethiopia to implement measures in selected climate-vulnerable regions of the country.
  • Montrose will provide technical assistance in:
    • Mapping and management of groundwater resources.
    • Integrating climate resilience into WaSH norms and standards.
    • Building capacity of government staff to use climate information.
    • Implementing flood protection and drought management measures.


  • The programme will benefit 5 million people, with up to 1 million people affected by drought benefiting from new or reinstated services.
  • The programme contributes to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6, which aims to ensure access to water and sanitation for all.
  • This includes targets for universal access to water and sanitation, improved water quality, efficient use of water by all sectors, improved water resources management and restoring water ecosystems by 2030.