Project duration: 20 December 1993 – 20 March 1994.

The Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Field-Testing Project, otherwise known as the JanataKoKhanePani Ra SafaiKaryakram (JAKPAS) Project, is a “learning by doing” activity managed by the UNDP-World Bank Water and Sanitation Program and executed by the World Bank. The field–testing activity, funded by the Japanese Grant Facility, is part of the preparation for a larger scale Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS) Fund that will be supported by an International Development Association credit and other resources.

The major objective of the JAKPAS project is to test and refine both the institutional and software components of the proposed RWSS Fund Project. It aims to raise the standard of living in rural areas by

1. delivering sustainable health and hygiene services to the rural population through improvements in water supply and sanitation;
2. improving income for women as water supply is brought closer to dwellings in a cost-effective and sustainable manner; and

improving the capability of sector institutions, both governmental and non-governmental, (NGOs and the private sector) to undertake and sustain these efforts through institutional strengthening and management capacity-building programs. Particular attention will be given to engaging local decision-making especially by women participants in all phases of the project cycle.