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East meets West to bring improved sanitation and hygiene practices to Vietnam, Cambodia
Date:8/16/2012

standards ensuring that the investment dollars are leveraged to reach the maximum number of families. Thanks to this approach, the program will benefit 1.7 million people in 344,000 households and 290 communes in Vietnam and Cambodia, which represents a significant undertaking in hard-to-reach rural communities.

"Change requires innovation, and with our results-based approach to aid, everyone involved has skin in the game," said John Anner, President of East Meets West. "By ensuring that funders, suppliers, educators and aid recipients alike share in both the responsibility and the benefit of aid, we're turning sustainable behavior change into a win for everyone."

Alix Zwane, senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, echoed this comment. "This is an innovative approach and we hope to learn a great deal about how paying for performance can enhance the value for money and transparency of donor funding in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector through this grant. We believe that smart investments like this can have a real impact, leading to healthier people, and stronger communities."

East Meets West is working with local organizations, government partners, banks and private enterprises in this grant-funded project. In Vietnam, partners include the Vietnam Women's Union, the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies and the Health Environmental Management Agency of the Ministry of Health. In Cambodia, partners include the Cambodian Women for Peace and Development, the Kampot Province Department of Rural Development and the Ministry of Rural Development.

"As countries like Vietnam stand poised to advance economically, poor sanitation and hygiene practices threaten to cripple our progress by creating a breeding ground for illness, decreasing the productivity of adults and threatening human lives," said Minh Chau Nguyen, Vietnam Country Director for East Meets West. "We're working with our local partners to change this one h
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