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AfDB approves US $391 million for Kenya’s water and sanitation project

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on November 9, 2016 approved US $391 million to help finance a major water and sanitation program in Kenya.

The Kenya Towns Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Program is designed to improve access, quality, availability and sustainability of water supply in 19 towns and wastewater management services in 17 towns across the country.

The program aims to catalyze commercial activities, drive economic growth, improve quality of life of the people and build resilience against climate variability and change. These objectives would be achieved through construction and rehabilitation of water supply and sanitation infrastructure including expansion into informal settlements; and capacity development of water service providers, sector regulators, and women and youth.

$6.7m for Nile Basin Initiative projects

As population growth, rapid urbanization and demand for agricultural land put pressure on Africa’s wetlands, countries in the Nile basin are looking to joint restoration and protection efforts for solutions.

The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), an intergovernmental partnership of 10 countries that form the Nile basin, says the target will be on conserving and protecting wetlands that are shared or those with a high ecological value.

Germany, through the Gesellschaft Für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), is funding the €6 million ($6.7 million) wetland protection project over a five-year period in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

“The plan is to ensure that these wetlands and the resources in them are sustainably utilized and managed,” said Paul Mafabi, the director for environmental affairs at Uganda’s Ministry of Water and Environment.

UNICEF Burundi Humanitarian Situation Report, 30 September 2016

unicefThe sociopolitical situation in Burundi remains tense and continues to spur on migration and humanitarian needs. In September, 15,958 people found refuge in neighboring countries (Tanzania, DRC, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia), driving the total number of refugees to 301,994, the majority of whom continue to be children (54.6 per cent). The number of internally displaced people (IDPs) registered in seven provinces remains at 61,168 (IOM, July 2016), of which 59 per cent are children.

Need for a Hygiene Culture

Lara Adama digs for water in a dried up river bed inLara Adama digs for water in a dried up river bed in Cameroon’s far northBy Nkendem Forbinake

Many see it as a last-ditch effort to improve on the declining state of public hygiene, especially as the Africa Nations Cup competition draws nearer and nearer. Many have criticized the state of public hygiene in the country and the authorities were beginning to fear that we were going to be caught pants down when the numerous visitors coming into the country for the AFCON if they met the situation uncorrected. Some have rightly called it a national disease.

On the major streets of Yaounde, it is not unusual to find passengers throwing out banana peelings or used Kleenex paper from car windows and quite often this is even done by those in vehicles no one would ever have suspected simply by the quality of their occupants!

The challenge facing our public schools is water and hygiene

The state of the only pit latrines serving Magombe primary school inThe state of the only pit latrines serving Magombe primary school in, Siaya county in a picture taken on October 04,2016. Lack of sanitation amenities has pushed boys to use the torn iron sheet walled structure to relive self. (Photo: Denish Ochieng/ Standard)Sanitation is still a challenge in Kenya, what are the current short falls?

Some of the challenges in the sector include financing and legal. The question is whether the sector or counties are able to attract different sources of funding due to the existence of limiting institutional frameworks for financial transactions to take place. The budget allocation to water and sanitation is just 0.5 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product. Public and private institutions at all levels must have the capacity to carry out their roles and responsibilities for effective Water Sanitation and Hygiene (Wash) service delivery at scale.




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