As many as 1.7 million people in the Red River Delta will gain access to safe water and sanitation through the Programme for Results (PforR) funded by the World Bank (WB).

The programme, which was co-launched by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the WB on June 10, aims to improve sustainable access to and the efficiency of water supply and sanitation services in rural areas of eight provinces in the region, including Phu Tho, Vinh Phuc, Bac Ninh, Hung Yen, Quang Ninh, Hanoi, Ha Nam and Thanh Hoa.

The programme will be implemented between 2013 and 2017 at a total cost of 230.5 million USD, with 200 million USD coming from the WB. The Australian Government Overseas Aid Programme (AusAID) will provide an 8 million AUD technical aid to help agencies carry out this project.

Under the programme, 1,440 public toilets and 130,000 others for household use will be built or repaired.

It will improve the capacity of the central and local administrations in managing and supervising rural water supply and environmental hygiene.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, WB Country Director in Vietnam Victoria Kwakwa said this is a pilot programme implemented in Vietnam in the field of rural clean water and sanitation applying the WB’s new financing instrument which links disbursements of funds directly to the delivery of verifiable results.

She said she believes that the success of PforR will make great contributions to the global development and many countries in the world will want to learn from Vietnam’s model.-VNA