Integrated management of water resources and water supply

Programme description

Title: Integrated water resource management and water supply in urban and rural areas
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Benin
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water
Overall term: 2014 to 2017

Benin © GIZ


In 2014, about a third of Benin’s population in rural and peri-urban areas still had no access to hygienically safe and affordable drinking water. More than half the population had no access to basic sanitation that offered minimal hygiene standards.


The water and health authorities, and the local administrations at department and commune levels have established the necessary conditions to ensure rural and peri-urban populations have sustained access to hygienic and affordable drinking water, and basic sanitation.


The GIZ programme is working with the public authorities in charge of water, basic sanitation and hygiene. It also cooperates with the departmental administrations of Mono, Couffo, Ouemé, Plateau, Atacora and Donga, and with the 38 communes that make up these departments. At the same time, GIZ is building on the experiences gained through an earlier programme for the decentralisation of water and sanitation. Regular meetings involving the Beninese partners, KfW development bank and international donors provide a platform for the reciprocal sharing of information.

Areas of intervention

  • Good governance in the water and sanitation sector, for instance the promotion of regulations, user participation and transparency
  • The interrelationship between water, climate change and food security
  • Development and implementation of a national strategy to improve the water and basic sanitation supply in rural and peri-urban areas
  • Implementation of the national strategy on hygiene and sanitation
  • Improved supply of affordable drinking water in rural and peri-urban areas
  • Improved monitoring of the drinking water quality
  • Strengthening the capacities of the commune administrations to enact their hygiene, sanitation and drinking water plans

The consulting firm IGIP mbH supports the implementation of the project.


The predecessor programme contributed to an improved supply of drinking water to 20,000 people in the project area. The time that women and girls in rural communities spend carrying water from the source to their homes every day has decreased by more than an hour due to the reduced distances.

The new programme involves targeted measures to ensure the consistent quality of drinking water, from its collection at source to consumption in the home. Support measures stress the importance of hygiene awareness. This is bringing results, such as the cleaning of water containers, hand-washing, and the use of latrines to reduce the incidence of pollution and faeces-borne diseases. Hygienically appropriate behaviour for the prevention of such diseases is becoming more and more common.