Bright water, bright future: climate resilient services in Madagascar

March 2020: Across the globe climate change is affecting the most vulnerable people in cities the most. For Madagascar’s peri-urban communities alternating severe droughts and flooding are making it harder for people to access safe, clean water sources.

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Rasoa, resident in Antananarivo

Nearly half the population of Madagascar lives in severe poverty.

The number of people in urban areas is growing at around twice the rate of the rest of the world, compounding challenges already caused by a lack of sufficient water and sanitation services.

Two thirds of people in the capital Antananarivo live in informal settlements, none of the city’s waste is treated effectively and only a small area has sewers. This has a huge impact on the health, safety and dignity of those living in low-income communities.

Nationally, at least a quarter of all deaths of children under five in urban areas are caused by water-related diseases.

WSUP has formed long-term partnerships with the national water utility, the national government and local communities to create innovative, affordable and financially viable water and sanitation services in Antananarivo, Mahajanga and Toliara.


Thanks to WSUP, JIRAMA has been able to stabilise operations and increase water supply to low-income communities in two major cities in Madagascar: Antananarivo and Mahajanga.

Henri Ravalisoa, Former Deputy Director General for WaterJIRAMA (national utility in Madagascar)

Blog: February 2020 – WSUP support enables Madagascar utility to access EUR 71.5m in funding

A 10-year programme of support from WSUP has helped the national water utility in Madagascar, JIRAMA, to secure a EUR 71.5 million investment package from the European Investment Bank, European Union, and Government of Madagascar.

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Blog: June 2019 – The Leak Squad: preserving Antananarivo’s most precious resource

As the demand for water increases, and climate change places stress on water availability, finding ways to effectively manage water systems has never been more urgent. Take a look at how the leak detection team at JIRAMA, the national water utility in Antananarivo, Madagascar, is at the forefront of preserving this precious resource.

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Preserving Antananarivo's most precious resource: water

Report: March 2019 – Institutional change in the urban WASH sector

This Discussion Paper examines the theory and practice of supporting change processes in urban water and sanitation institutions to help them reach all urban citizens, including the poorest, with water and sanitation services. In Madagascar we look at how we can reduce water wastage and institutionalise pro-poor service delivery.

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JIRAMA_s NRW team in action

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