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FONDO ESPAÑOL DE COOPERACIÓN DE AGUA Y SANEAMIENTO PARA AMÉRICA LATINA Y EL CARIBE (FECASALC, after its Spanish initials) it’s a strategic alliance between the Government of Spain and the IDB that seeks to help bring the water and sanitation human right to fruition and exceed the Millennium Development Goals, focusing its funding on peri-urban and rural areas, which is where population with less resources and less access to water and sanitation services are.

 

WHAT DOES THE FECASALC SEEK TO ATTAIN?

Under this interinstitutional cooperation model, which creates an Alliance where goals, tasks, resources and commitments are shared, FECASALC, after more than 8 years of shared work, t has generated 19 operations for a total amount in excess of US$1.1 billion (of which US$580 million are Spanish Government grants), working in 13 regional countries and pursuing an integrated vision of the sector through:

  • Promoting access through construction and rehabilitation of water and sanitation systems in order to increase coverage for the population with fewer resources.

  • Institutional strengthening to increase service sustainability, promoting national frameworks that allow the rational use of resources and the safeguarding of rights.

  • Supporting an integrated management of water resources, with an integrated focus on river basins for water use and management that preserve the environment and take the full cycle of water and climate change adaptation into account.

The challenges ahead are formidable. We are working with our partners in the region to make the Human Right to Water and universal coverage come true. However, FECASALC is not more than an instrument available to the countries, but I can inspire more effectively strategic alliances among donors that will help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for the region.

Focusing on segments of population where the access levels are lower, contributing to the development of the country’s political initiatives, sharing tools and methodologies, and coordinating their interventions is the only possible path towards achieving the aspirations of the regions citizens of a better future. The Spanish Government and IDB alliance is the best example of this.

 

HOW DID FECASALC BEGIN?

The year 2007 marks a new stage in Latin America and the Caribbean’s water and sanitation sector teamwork between Spanish Cooperation and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). That was the year when Spain created the Cooperation Fund for Water and Sanitation (FCAS, after its Spanish initials). This unprecedented initiative for the region seeks to help bring the water and sanitation human right to fruition and exceed the Millennium Development Goals, focusing its funding on peri-urban and rural areas, which is where poverty levels tend to be higher.

Spain has chosen the IDB as its strategic partner to tackle this challenge, and on Oct. 22, 2008 a Technical Framework was signed between the Spain Cooperation -through the Spanish Development Cooperation Agency (AECID) –, and the IDB, through its Water and Sanitation Division. The two institutions have since to share their fi¬nancial and technical capacities in order to tackle the region’s water and sanitation challenges by creating the Spanish Cooperation Fund for Water and Sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean (FECASALC), managed by the IDB.