The SABA Water and Sanitation Experience: Boosting Impact at Global Scale (SABA+)

Project completed

Many countries transitioning to a higher economic status still struggle on the water and sanitation component. In countries where water supply or sanitation have been installed, aggregate outcomes tend to mask that the quality of services is poor, that inequalities are increasing and improvements in access do often not reach those groups who suffer most. Thus, new models of intervention and financing strategies are required for such countries.. Through this new initiative, and by finalizing a unique scaling-up process in Peru and replicating it in post-conflict areas of Colombia, SDC will also enrich the global debate on the fulfillment of the SDGs and the gradual exercise of the human right to water with a new model of intervention and a new financing strategy.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Andean Region
Drinking water and basic sanitation (WASH) (til 2016)
Water sanitation
Water sector policy
Infectious desease
Water resources conservation
01.12.2014 - 30.11.2018
CHF  7’821’136

Despite sustained rates of ecomic growth and with many countries transitioning to a higher economic status, Latin America is still struggling on water and sanitation issues. In 2012, 36’000’000 people did not have access to drinking water and 110’000’000 people practice open defecation in Latin American rural areas.


To contribute to universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water and adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene in rural and post-conflict areas of the Andean Region. The international debate regarding the SDGs implementation process will be enriched.

Target groups

5’800’000 people from 880 rural districts in Peru. 80’000 people from 4 municipalities of the post-conflict area in Colombia. Water and sanitation associations in Latin America and developing countries, decision makers, experts, international organizations, and water and sanitation networks.

Medium-term outcomes
  • Component A: Increase and sustain equitable water and sanitation coverage. By 2017, the SABA approach shall have been totally adopted and reproduced by local, regional and national authorities, that will finalize the coverage.
  • Component B: Capitalize, share and disseminate lessons learned from scaling up the SABA model, with an impact on sector policies.
  • Component C: Improve access to water and sanitation in rural areas of Colombia through an integral and sustainable water and sanitation model.

Results from previous phases:  

  • Between 2013 and2014, the SABA project has contributed to improved access to sanitation for 732’000 people and to water access for 297’000 people.
  • In 2014, over USD 120 million have been leveraged with an investment of CHF 1’818,000 in 2013.
  • Policy dialogue and knowledge exchanges have contributed to the design of the new ASIR-SABA project in Colombia; the Peruvian national plan of investment, the definition of BID rural sanitation strategy and AECID new intervention.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
Private sector
Foreign state institution
  • Central State of South East
  • Care International
  • Foreign private sector North
  • Foreign private sector South/East

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    7’821’136 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    7’243’220 Total project since first phase Budget inclusive project partner CHF   14’673’000
Project phases

Phase 2 01.12.2014 - 30.11.2018   (Completed)

Phase 1 01.05.2012 - 31.08.2016   (Completed)