In Ethiopia access to safe and sustainable water supply, sanitation and hygiene is very poor especially in rural areas. In 2005, the Government of Ethiopia developed the Universal Access Program (UAP) to provide access to safe water for 98% of the rural population and for 100% of the urban population of the country by 2012. To achieve the UAP targets, the government came up with major reforms around decentralization and service delivery.
SNV supports level processes and programmes in Ethiopia because of its practical experiences in the field. The national level support includes the development of national water, sanitation and hygiene management information system, development of the national sanitation and hygiene strategy and plan (2010-2015) by making Community Led Total Sanitation a central approach in promoting sanitation and hygiene, development of capacity mapping and benchmarking methodology approaches and tools, and the development of vocational skills to implement UAP.