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AfDB Approves Loans and Grants

Sudan AfDB approves US $22-million grant to break “triangle of thirst” in West Kordofan, Sudan

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on 0September 9 committed a grant of US $22-million to finance water and sanitation facilities in the West Kordofan State of Sudan and a country-wide Institutional Capacity Development Program. More than 130,000 people (69,000 women) in the rural areas of West Kordofan State are targeted beneficiaries. Water supply points will also benefit approximately 730,000 heads of livestock.

The Water Sector Reforms and Institutional Capacity Development Program targets all 18 states of the Republic of the Sudan and will kick off in January 2016 for implementation spanning a four and a half years. It will focus on building a resilient and sustainable water and sanitation sector that meets the needs of all users or beneficiaries in Sudan, and in particular West Kordofan State. In this regard, the program is expected to enhance peace-building, improve livelihoods and build resilience against climate variability and change in the country.

Women and youth in the program areas will benefit from the provision of livelihood interventions. The AfDB President, Akinwumi Adesina, who chaired the Board meeting in which the grant was approved, said that “up to 30% of girls stop going to school, essentially to help their families with water chores. This has to stop.”

Water and sanitation access in West Kordofan State, currently estimated at 60% and 23%, respectively, are far below national averages of 71% and 35%. Per capital average water consumption stands at about 10 liters per day; with the population in some northern parts of the state surviving on less than three liters a day.

The AfDB will finance the program with a grant of US $21.06 million from its Transition Support Facility (TSF) and a US $0.90-million Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative Trust Fund (RWSSI-TF) grant.

African Development Bank speeds US $16-million relief for water and sanitation in Zimbabwe

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) fast-tracked a grant of US $16-million on Wednesday, September 30, to help clean up the poorest suburbs of the Zimbabwean capital. The first stage of the project will concentrate on removing the raw sewage currently spilled into residential areas and securing the water supply for the most vulnerable areas of Greater Harare, home to 2 million people.

Decades of neglect have paid their toll on Zimbabwe’s water and sanitation facilities. An estimated 20% of the AfDB Approves Loans and Grants population in the beneficiary areas is exposed to raw sewage and many communities rely on water drawn from contaminated sources. To remediate in the most efficient and cost-effective way, the AfDB project will notably rehabilitate 9 pumping stations and 4 sewage treatment plants, replace 28 kilometres of broken sewer pipes and repair a decrepit water supply distribution network.

In addition to Harare, the towns of Chitungwiza, Ruwa, part of Greater Harare, Redcliff and other towns throughout Zimbabwe will see their water and sanitation facilities rehabilitated as part of the project.

With support from its Zimbabwe field office, the AfDB, alongside Zim-Fund donors, will seek to follow-on from emergency investments in basic water and sanitation services, to development that includes health education and capacity-building.

AfDB provides US $5 million to Malawi for an Integrated Urban Water and Sanitation Project in Mzimba

The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessionary arm of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, on Friday, October 23, 2015 approved an African Development Fund loan of US $5.0 million to Malawi for a water and sanitation project in the town of Mzimba.

The four year project, co-financed with the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), will contribute to socio-economic growth in Mzimba Town by increasing the capacity of its water supply system to provide adequate clean water and improved sanitation for growing numbers of people and new demands. The town’s current ageing water supply system, with a capacity of 1,500m3/day, is severely stretched. There are considerable water losses due to dilapidated pipes, and inadequate service reservoirs, unable to meet today’s demands for 2,600m3/day of water to city residents. Consequently, consumers only have access to water services between 6 and 12 hours per day, and the coverage area is only 65%.

The investment comes at a time when the Government of Malawi is planning to build a new university in Mzimba Town which will attract students and staff from across and outside the country. In addition to a further rise in population, the university is expected to stimulate socioeconomic development of the region.

The AfDB supported project will assist Mzimba Town Council in preparing its Sanitation and Hygiene Investment Plan and Strategy, in order to comprehensively address its sanitation and hygiene challenges. It will also provide valuable river flow data from newly installed gauging stations on the Mzimba River, in support of a Government project to build a dam.




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene December 2018 Vol.13 No.6