Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing and Innovation Program - PNG

Live and Learn in Papua New Guinea

Project Description

The program established local community-based enterprises able to effectively deliver sustainable sanitation and hygiene services to urban informal communities through the development of supportive enabling environments.

The key mechanism for the advancement of urban sanitation was through mobilising community members, local government departments, suppliers and volunteers, and creating partnerships between these. An inclusive approach ensured women would play a leading role. Three sanitation enterprises learned how to run a viable business and contributed to improving access to sanitation facilities, safe and accessible for people with disabilities, the elderly and children. The project also established a school WASH institutional capacity building approach that provided schools with a mechanism to secure targeted personnel and funding for WASH infrastructure and services.

Live & Learn worked with school WASH committees to conduct inclusive design of water supply, sanitation and hygiene facilities, and take responsibility for providing operations and maintenance after the project concludes. The approach was also tested with the wider enabling environment, including government education and health officials to ensure institutional support to the schools. The schools’ leadership, WASH Committees, and provincial and district education officials adopted a tool called Bottleneck Analysis, to overcome the barriers to them providing adequate WASH services.

Project Location

The project location was West New Britain Province (WNBP), New Ireland Province (NIP) and Western Province (WP). In consultation with the Provincial Governments communities were chosen that: 

  • were located within priority areas of the Provincial Department of Health; 
  • were stable with relatively low populations for pilot approaches and to successfully deliver an effective model which could then be replicated; 
  • had secure land agreements with landowners or the government; 
  • maintained cultural associations (wantok system); 
  • had proven ability to organise and mobilise; 
  • had poor access to safe sanitation and hygiene services;
  • were strategically located for the expansion of sanitation markets. 

Project Posters

Download Live and Learn's project poster presented at the Fund Learning and Reflection Event (FLARE) in August 2017 here.

Click here for Live and Learn's project poster presented at the 2015 Pacific Learning and Reflection Event.

Project specifics

Location Duration (MM/YY) Working with Key approach Website
Location Pacific: Papua New Guinea Duration 01-05-2014 to 01-06-2018 Working with Local private sector, National & Local governments, schools, community-based organisations Key approach Sanitation Marketing Website http://www.livelearn.org