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Training on the Assessment of COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts for PDAMs

On November 3–4, 2020, USAID IUWASH PLUS and World Bank’s NUWSP (National Urban Water Supply Project) supported the Directorate of the Synchronization of Local Government Affairs (SUPD) II of the Ministry of Home Affairs to train PDAMs from 32 districts taking part in the NUWSP to assess the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic to their financial performance.

Present in the event were representatives from the Central Project Management Unit (CPMU) and NUWSP Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Team (TACT), the World Bank, respective Bappeda, and the public works offices from the 32 districts/cities.

This activity was part of a workshop on the local governments’ support for PDAMs during the COVID-19 pandemic run by NUWSP and Directorate General of Regional Development of the Ministry of Home Affairs on November 2-4, 2020.

To identify the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic to the PDAMs’ operation, the World Bank developed an assessment tool kit. This toolkit was introduced to the NUWSP’s partners, including USAID IUWASH PLUS in mid-2020.

Since then, the NUWSP uses the toolkit for participating PDAMs in the program. Similarly, USAID IUWASH PLUS also uses the toolkit for the project’s PDAM partners.

During the program, USAID IUWASH PLUS facilitate PDAMs to use the toolkit to assess the impacts of COVID-19 on the PDAMs’ financial performances, including oversee PDAMs to input data into the toolkit.

After conducting the assessment, the PDAMs will be able to inform their respective local governments on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their operations and financial performance.  As such, the local governments will make sound decisions to minimize the impacts of COVID-19 on the PDAMs, such as providing financial support.