Honduras: Economic Governance of Water and Sanitation

Honduras has made considerable progress over recent decades in the fields of water and sanitation, but significant shortcomings still exist, particularly in rural zones and marginalized urban areas. The objective of this Joint Programme was to support the modernization of the sector in order to help reduce poverty.

The programme supported the design, adaptation and implementation of sector policies with a focus on social inclusion, and the strengthening of mechanisms for investing in infrastructure in smaller towns and urban-marginal and rural areas.

The interventions focused on regions defined specifically as poverty-stricken, encouraged participation from the citizens and took advantage of current initiatives and successful schemes, with a view to creating synergies, mobilizing additional resources and incorporating new parties in developing the sector.

Main achievements included:

  • Institutional strengthening. The National Water and Sanitation Council received new technical administrative tools and a business plan. Meanwhile, the Governing Body of Water and Sanitation developed sector diagnostics to improve public policy and established a national database of continuously updated information on service providers and water indicators. 
  • New policies were developed, including the National Water and Sanitation Policy, municipal water and sanitation policies in 13 municipalities and municipal plans for water and sanitation in 12 other municipalities. 
  • 19 water and sanitation systems were built benefiting more than 30,000 people.
  • Municipal officials received training on the execution, revision and implementation of land-use and urban development zoning proposals.


Click for more detailed results from the Joint Programmes in Honduras (in Spanish).




Programme Dates 28 Aug 2008 - 30 Aug 2012
Net funded amount $6,500,000
Participating UN agencies FAO, ILO, PAHO / WHO, UNDP, UNICEF, UNIDO
National partners El Consejo Nacional de Agua y Saneamiento (CONASA), La Secretaría de Salud Pública (SSP), El Servicio Autónomo Nacional de Acueductos y Alcantarillados (SANAA), El Ente Regulador de Servicios de Agua y Saneamiento (ERSAPS), La Secretaría de Gobernación y Justicia, especialmente su Unidad Técnica de Descentralización (UTD), La Asociación de Municipios de Honduras (AMHON), Centro de Estudios y Control de Contaminantes (CESCCO), La Secretaría de Recursos Naturales y Ambiente (SERNA), El Instituto de Conservación Forestal (ICF), El Comité Permanente de Contingencias (COPECO), La Secretaría de Agricultura y Ganadería (SAG)
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