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.