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

Proyecto terminado

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.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Agua potable y saneamiento básico (WASH) (til 2016)
Saneamiento de agua
Política del sector del agua
Enfermedad infecciosa
Preservación de los recursos hídricos
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.

Grupos destinarios

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.

Efectos a medio plazo
  • 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.

Resultados de las fases anteriores:  

  • 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.

Dirección / Officina Federal responsable COSUDE
Crédito Cooperación al desarrollo
Contrapartes del proyecto Contraparte del contrato
ONG internacional o extranjera
Sector privado
Institución estatal extrangera
  • Central State of South East
  • Care International
  • Sector privado extranjero Norte
  • Sector privado extranjero Sur/Este

Presupuesto Fase en curso Presupuesto suizo CHF    7’821’136 Presupuesto actual suizo ya emitido CHF    7’243’220 Total del proyecto desde la primera fase Presupuesto inclusive contrapartes del proyecto CHF   14’673’000
Fases del proyecto

Fase 2 01.12.2014 - 30.11.2018   (Completed)

Fase 1 01.05.2012 - 31.08.2016   (Completed)