A commitment to inclusive, equitable and sustainable development, which leaves no one behind


On the occasion of International Day of People with a Disability, Monday 3 December 2018, East Meets West Foundation/ Thrive Networks affirms its commitment to inclusive, equitable and sustainable development, which leaves no one behind.  Our recent programme launched in September,  Women led Output-based aid project (WOBA) aims to reach 20,000 households with hygienic toilets and 8,000 poor and socially excluded households with clean piped water through funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australian Government. This 5.7 million Australian-dollar program is part of a larger regional initiative, called ‘Water for Women’ in 15 countries across Asia Pacific. WOBA has a focus on ensuring gender equality and social inclusion in all activities undertaken in Vietnam from 2018 to 2022. 

WOBA will institutionalise successful approaches for reaching rural, low-income and socially excluded households with improved access to clean water, safely managed sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).  This will include with working with suppliers and local partners to make modifications to facilities to improve access for persons with disabilities. 

WOBA will support the government to embed a targeted smart-subsidy program with provincial governments steadily increasing their co-financing of the approach, with purposefully targeting of households with persons with disabilities and other marginalized groups. 

East Meets West/Thrive Networks has been operating in Vietnam for 30 years and is one of the few non-governmental organizations in Vietnam focusing on rural water supply and sanitation. EMW has many high-impact programs and projects in the fields of health, clean water and sanitation, education and infrastructure for communities throughout Vietnam. To date, EMW has invested over US $120 million in Vietnam. 

Photo: A member of Women’s Union is mobilizing a vulnerable household to build hygienic latrine in Thanh Hoa province.


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