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1.5m Rwandese to get AfDB’s €115m water lifeline

The Board of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved additional funding support of €115 million to Rwanda’s Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Programme, enabling 1.5 million people to access improved, reliable and sustainable water supply services.

Wambui Gichuri
Wambui Gichuri, the AfDB’s Director for Water Development and Sanitation

The funding will cover strategic cities and address water and sanitation challenges in areas with a low access rate of 45% − a figure that is way below the national average of 85%.

The new financing is to scale up the country’s largest water and sanitation sector investment programme, which is co-financed by the European Investment Bank and the OPEC Fund for International Development.

In November 2017, the bank approved an initial $121 million loan and $50 million Africa Growing Together Fund (AGTF) loan to Rwanda under its Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Programme.

“The bank’s support to this programme further goes to deepen and consolidate the impact of its investments in enhancing resilience to climate change and inclusive growth,” said Wambui Gichuri, the AfDB’s Director for Water Development and Sanitation.

The Government of Rwanda is said to have shown consistent commitment to sector reforms and economic transformation in furtherance of its recently-approved National Strategy for Transformation − designed to propel Rwanda into an upper middle-income country by 2035. The programme is bolstered by the country’s new Vision 2050, which aims to ensure a high standard of living for all Rwandans.

Of the 1.5 million people to be provided water access under the additional funding, 700,000 live in peri-urban/rural areas.The AfDB is the main development partner in Rwanda’s water and sanitation sector which is reported to have seen a positive record of accomplishments. The additional financing will enable the government to undertake the programme. 

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