What we do

The local team is working on an aqueduct in Belladère (Haiti) © Dieter Telemans

Protos is a development cooperation NGO (non-governmental organisation) campaigning for better water management in developing countries and in Belgium. Protos provides support for specific projects, but also and foremost, we assist and involve local NGOs, farmer and user organisations, local authorities and regional government services in developing adequate processes to achieve sustainable water management.

We are active in a limited number of countries

A limited number of countries, where lack of access to water is one of the main causes for underdevelopment, receive direct support from Protos. Limiting the number of countries allows Protos to focus and organise its interventions professionally. The diversity of these countries, however, provides a wide range of experiences within very distinct contexts, allowing us to extend and apply our knowledge optimally. Others are welcome to use our acquired knowledge.

The main activities of Protos in Belgium focus on global education in schools, awareness building among a broad spectrum of the population and advocating water issues to boost them onto a higher level of the political agenda.

Benin is marked by a sub-tropical coastal area in the south and hilly savannahs to the north. It is the birthplace of Voodoo and is often called Quartier Latin of Africa. Today, animists, Christians …

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After 10 years of civil war and political instability, Burundi is since 2008 finally on the road to recovery. However, despite economic growth, two thirds of the population still live in poverty …

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In terms of economic development, the Democratic Republic of the Congo dangles at the bottom of the world ranking. Only 42% of its population has access to basic drinking water services. An utter …

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One of the smallest countries of South-America, Ecuador is considered a medium-income country. At first glance, the disparity between urban and rural areas in matters of access to basic drinking …

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Haiti is the poorest country on the American continent and is marked by political instability, disastrous natural phenomena, large-scale deforestation and high juvenile unemployment. Although 70% of …

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Madagascar ranks as the world’s fourth-largest island. Political and economic instability have held the country in their precarious grip ever since the 2009 coup d’état. But hopefully the …

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A patchwork of ethnicities rich in culture, the fertile inner Niger Delta and boundless deserts, Mali has it all. In 2012, a military coup destabilised the country and although a new civilian …

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Situated in the East-African Great Lakes region, Uganda remains a poor country despite its substantial natural resources and mineral deposits such as copper, gold, cobalt and uranium. Poverty and …

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Thanks to strong centralised governance, Rwanda, land of a thousand hills, has seen a spectacular economic growth and some major social changes in the past few years. Yet, there is still a long way …

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In Flanders Protos targets its activities on a change of water use and water behavior. The other pillars of Protos for Belgium are advocacy and sensitization.

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We are active in 3 sectors

Protos made a clear choice in adopting water as its field of action, in particular drinking water, water for agricultural purposes, sanitation and hygiene education. As water is only one of many areas involved, Protos approaches its theme within the global context of development issues. Aspects to be considered in the water sector range from technical, economical and judicial to social, organisational and ecological. All actions find their place within the common framework of Integrated Water Resources Management.

Drinking water

According to the Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (WHO/UNICEF), 89% of the world population has access to an improved source of drinking water. However, this percentage …

Sanitation & hygiene

One out of three people has no access to a nearby clean toilet or latrine. Unsound sanitary installations and unhygienic habits in the vicinity of a drinking water supply can cause this source to …

Water for agriculture

Water has no need for agriculture, but without water…no farming, no food. Protos is active in a number of countries to improve the access to and the management of water for agricultural purposes …