The Paragua Initiative, Composed of Spanish and Nicaraguan NGO, aims strengthen management capacity Water Committees and Sanitation to ensure better democratic water governance in 17 municipalities in the departments of Managua, León, Chinandega and Jinotega (Nicaragua)
Paragua is promoted by NGOs with extensive experience in the process of community water managementWithin these organizations include: Ecology and Development (ECODES); Friends of the Earth; Alliance for Solidarity; ONGAWA; Engineering Without Borders Valencia, CUCULMECA; CIEETS; LEADER and New Generation Foundation
The consortium aims to share with others working in community management model implementation and results achieved so far.
The Gender Analysis "Women and water management: advancing equality"Was the first step of the Paragua Initiative and translated gender gaps identified in the community management of water and sanitation into action and work options to consider in the effective introduction of the gender perspective.
In the first year of the project a study of the status and capabilities was performed of the major players in community management of water. The investigation, which began as a baseline project was extended to understand the community water management, the role of women and gender gaps.