Village Development Committee (VDC) coverage approach
NEWAH implements programmes through a VDC coverage approach. By working in selective districts, it has been shown to increase the effectiveness of management. NEWAH’s objective is to saturate the entire VDC with water, hygiene and sanitation services. Through this approach NEWAH aims to proactively engage with local government bodies and other stakeholders in the VDC to improve coordination and linkages, develop sector capacity for successful service delivery, and increase advocacy and influencing for better collaboration. Selection criteria for the VDCs include water scarcity, high levels of poverty, remoteness and a high percentage of excluded groups, such as Dalit and disadvantaged Janajatis.