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GWI activities in the Sirba basin are described, covering six municipalities in the East and Sahel Regions with 34 intervention villages. Five local water management committees were set up and their intervention area within the Sirba basin determined. Changes were promoted in the organisational relationships and responsibilities of municipalities, the State, the villages and NGOs to sustainably manage water points in Komondjari Province. Access to clean water was improved for 9,000 people in 17 villages (18 new pumps, 11 rehabilitations). Capacity of local actors to manage water was strengthened across the board.