New World: Community Stewardship and Water Replenishment for Drinking and Hygiene

Project Summary:

Water is a diminishing resource in Pakistan. Climate change is changing hydrological flow patterns affecting the lives and livelihoods of millions.  Water needs of rural communities remain un-served and underserved contributing to poor health and low productivity. Nearly 44% of the population suffers from nutritional stunting and 48% live below poverty line.  A burgeoning population and shrinking resource base is creating an imbalance between water supply and demand.

Globally the role of women is recognized in poverty reduction but has not found traction in Pakistan due to cultural barriers that prevent women from being part of decision making. The youth lack awareness about the importance of natural resources and its connection with life supporting services.

Mobilizing communities and building capacities of women/youth to work together will open opportunities to maximize output and ensure sustainability.

The project will, hence, use social, economic and advocacy tools to disseminate awareness, build capacity and provide an institutional mechanism for access to water to promote wellbeing of all and strengthen adaptive capacity, following a gender responsive, participatory and fully transparent approach, with a view to contributing to SDG’s.

Community water stewardship aims to increase access to safe drinking water and sanitation services, adaptation to climate change, and improved water resources management through inclusive and practical community based approaches.



Project start date:

August 2013

Estimated end date:

December 2022

Focus area:

  • eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions
  • accelerate structural transformations
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Pakistan

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

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    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Government Of Italy
  • Government Of Netherlands
  • Government Of Pakistan
  • Private Sector
  • Shell Foundation
  • Eni Pakistan Limited
  • Shell Pakistan Limited
  • Mptfo Jp Pakistan One Fund (pk100)
  • Global Water Challenge
  • Undp Funding Windows
  • Government Of Japan
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2021 $973,456

    2020 $1,163,220

    2019 $220,331

    2018 $877,384

    2017 $538,830

    2016 $760,436

    2015 $1,199,359

    2014 $480,148

    2013 $14,351


    • Community stewardship of water resources to enhance socio economic and environmental well-being through replenishment benefits.
    • To align replenishment benefits with SDG’s ensuring role of Women & Youth
    • To build community capacity for sustainable management of natural resources with active role of women in decision making.
    • Develop synergistic linkages between local authorities and local communities for climate compatible development.

    Expected results

    The project will have far reaching effects on the social and economic wellbeing of the target community.

    Some of the benefits include:

    • Reduced waterborne diseases
    • Improved health and productivity
    • Reduced workload on women
    • Improved physical and emotional wellbeing of women
    • Decreased spending on health and increased savings
    • Improved attendance rate of girl child in school
    • Opportunity for improving income generation

    The project will build capacity for skill development & opportunity for socio economic advancement (especially women). Short term impact will include income support (wages for labor) and long-term impact will open windows of opportunity to enhance livelihood support base (Kitchen gardening, livestock & other entrepreneurial initiatives). The hygiene best practices will contribute to good health & productivity. The wider objective of maintaining balance between human activity & nature will also be served through the project by promoting sustainable consumption patterns.

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