Rural Water Supply and Sanitation, Ferghana

            Valley, Backstopping Support

ISW has been implementing rural water supply, hygiene and sanitation projects in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, on behalf of SDC, since 2006.  The participatory approach used by ISW has proven successful and was commended in two external evaluations undertaken in 2012.



Project Period:


Services Provided:

Backstopping & Technical Advice

  • Backstopping and coaching

Name of Staff involved and functions performed:

Sean Furey: Team leader, water supply and water resources expert

Florian Klingel: Sanitation expert

Name of Client(s):

International Secretariat for Water (ISW) on behalf of the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC)

Description of the Project:

In this new phase, the approach will be rolled out to more communities in the the Ferghana Valley.

The second area is making links to the wider IWRM processes. The Feghana Valley has some of the most complex and contentious water resources issues in the world due to very arid conditions in the surrounding regions, the economic reliance on cotton agriculture and the political rivalaries and tensions between Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kygyzstan, who have share the valley but have very complex territorial borders. The role of Water Safety Planning (WSP) is being explored as linking mechanism between water supply and resources management, in discussion with the World Health Organisation (WHO), who are also working in the country on WSP guidelines for small water systems.

As well as advising on linkages between the ISW schemes and water resources, Skat is also providing technical support on other issues that arise, such as options for planning for future Capital Maintenance Costs (CapManEx), which is one of the trickier elements of the Life Cycle Costing Approach.

Specific tasks carried out in the framework of this mandate are:

  • Face-to-face meetings with key stakeholders in Tajikistan and observation of past and current ISW activitities in the Tajik Ferghana Valley.
  • Providing coaching and remote support to project staff.
  • Making connections with other organisations and practitioners and drawing on a wider pool of expertise through the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN).