Sanitation and Hygiene Applied Research for Equity (SHARE) Project - the main focus of the SHARE project is to build city-wide sanitation strategies using a bottom-up process that is anchored on profiles, enumerations and mapping of water and sanitation infrastructure. In Zimbabwe, the SHARE project is being undertaken in Chinhoyi, the provincial capital of Mashonaland West province. The 3-year project, which is being funded by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is also being implemented in three other cities namely Dar-Esc-Salaam in Tanzania, Kitwe in Zambia and Lilongwe in Malawi. The SHARE project has been inspired by the challenges related to conventional approaches to urban sanitation and year 1 seeks to document these experiences through a situational analysis. Year 2 focuses on precedent-setting pilots while the final year targets the initiation of city-wide strategies.Chinhoyi Federation has already implemented alternative water and sanitation systems on a site allocated by Chinhoyi Municipality accommodating 244 families. Ecological sanitation units and boreholes are currently servicing the families in the absence of reticulated infrastructure. The SHARE project therefore provides an opportunity to reflect on the experiences gained so far and also explore possibilities for scaling up. To date, the SHARE partners (Dialogue on Shelter, Zimbabwe Homeless People’s Federation and Chinhoyi Municipality have since undertaken stakeholder identification and a meeting bringing together organizations dealing with water and sanitation issues in Chinhoyi was held in May 2012. Meanwhile, community-led profiling and mapping of the water and sanitation infrastructure in selected settlements in and around Chinhoyi is underway.
November 27, 2020