USAID IUWASH Tangguh proactively engages with various water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and water resources management (WRM) stakeholders and adopts a community-based approach in support of accelerating Indonesia’s national Community Based Total Sanitation (STBM) program.
From September 11th to 14th, 2023, USAID IUWASH Tangguh’s local government partners shared their WASH and WRM knowledge and lesson learned at the Ministry of Health’s National Coordination for Water and Sanitation (Rakornas STBM) for 2023. The hybrid event brought together WASH and WRM stakeholders – from the Ministry of National Planning and Development, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Public Works, local governments, and other development partners.
USAID IUWASH Tangguh’s four city/district partners – Malang, Magelang, Surabaya, and Gresik – used this opportunity to promote and advocate for improved safely managed water and sanitation.
Malang Mayor, Sutiaji, explained his strategies to achieve safely managed drinking water, such as developing joint regulations and regulatory frameworks, encouraging stakeholder collaboration, and district budget (APBD) allocation.
Further, Sutiaji, explained his strategy in WRM, “We collaborate with all stakeholders. We strengthen water conservation, replantation so that water source is well maintained. We are also committed to keep raw water.”
Surabaya Mayor, Eri Cahyadi, highlighted that sanitation is a crucial aspect of public health.
The Chief Executive Officer of Gresik District, Fandi Akhmad Yani, District shared his innovative approaches and commitment for achieving the Open Defecation Free (ODF) strategy and safely managed sanitation. “The government should promote healthy lifestyles massively and in measurable manner to communities. Stop Open Defecation! Government continues to promote drinking water and sanitation. Hope the community could be aware of healthy lifestyle in their daily lives.”
In Magelang City, a community-based (Forum Tembang Tidar) provided an example into community leadership and implementation of the five pillars of STBM.