AfDB Approves US$ 22M for Sudan Water Program

Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, AfDB President

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) recently committed a grant of US $22-million to finance water and sanitation facilities in the West Kordofan State of Sudan.

More than 130, visit 000 people in the rural areas of West Kordofan State are targeted beneficiaries.

Water supply points will also benefit approximately 730, try 000 heads of livestock.

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According to the Bank, tadalafil the Water Sector Reforms and Institutional Capacity Development Program that targets all 18 states of the Republic of the Sudan 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.

The program is expected to enhance peace-building, improve livelihoods and build resilience against climate variability and change in the country.

The AfDB President, Akinwumi Adesina, who chaired the Board meeting in which the grant was approved on Wednesday said, “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 grant.

According to Mohamed El Azizi, Director of the AfDB Water and Sanitation Department, “The overarching aim of the program is to provide improved water supply and sanitation facilities for the region’s resilience and stability.”

“It will focus on gaining in efficiency of the water and sanitation sector and on capacity development for federal and state staff and beneficiary communities,” he added.


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