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AfDB Board Approves the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Trust Fund

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in Abidjan approved the establishment of the Bill and Melinda Gates Trust Fund to be hosted by the Bank.

The Fund’s US $2.4 million initial contribution will support forward-thinking on the issue of concessional finance in development by an African Development Fund (ADF) Policy Lab. It would also support other future Bank activities. It is the first bilateral fund with a non-sovereign entity, and the first bilateral fund with the Foundation aimed to provide structure to the long-standing collaboration with the Bank and scale up areas of intervention.

SIWI: supporting water-related innovation in Africa through new regional centre

SIWI supporting water-related innovation in AfricaOn Mar 12, 2015, over 60 of SIWI’s partners and colleagues marked the official opening of its Africa Regional Centre (ARC) in Pretoria, South Africa. Sweden’s Ambassador for Environment, Mr Jan Olsson and Ambassador to South Africa, Mr Anders Hagelberg were in attendance.

Celebrating 25 years!


In 2015, both Stockholm Water Prize and World Water Week turn 25. To celebrate this silver jubilee, World Water Week will move back into the heart of Stockholm, where everything started a quarter of a century ago!

In the spirit of the jubilee, the atmosphere of 2015 World Water Week will be extra festive. All are invited!

Africa: Pee-Powered Toilet Designed to Keep Refugees Safe

By Andy Extance

A prototype toilet that can generate power from urine was launched recently.

The urinal, which is being trialled at the University of the West of England (UWE) in the United Kingdom, is designed to improve security in refugee camps by providing lighting in and around toilets.

UK anti-poverty charity Oxfam, whose researchers are working with those from UWE on the project, say the technology would reduce the threat of rape that many women face in refugee camps. Oxfam hopes to deploy the urinals in South Sudanese camps within six months.

Mmathethe Moves to Alleviate Water Shortage

Kanye — Residents of Mmathethe have dispatched a delegation to meet the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources Mr Kitso Mokaila to find ways of alleviating water shortage in the village.

This was after the Member of Parliament for Mmathethe/ Molapowabojang constituency Dr Alfred Madigele met with village elders recently to come up with ways of rectifying the water situation.

Executive Administrator/research in the office of the MP, Mr Jacob Dikuelo said in an interview that the area MP was concerned about water shortage in Mmathethe hence the move.Mr Dikuelo said Water Affairs department’s top management in the Southern Region also attended the meeting to make an input with regard to the water situation in the village once and for all.




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2