Climate change

AfDB approves US$31.3mn grant for water and sanitation facilities in Sudan

The African Development Bank Group on 9 October, 2019 approved an African Development Fund (ADF) grant of $30 million and a $1.3 million grant from the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative Trust Fund for the upgrading of water and sanitation facilities in Sudan’s North and South Kordofan states.

Photo: Akinwumi Adesina, President of African Development Bank speaking at a conference earlier this year

According to the AfDB, the project will improve livelihoods and build resilience against climate change in the two states, including nomadic communities, by enhancing reliability of water and sanitation services and enhancing the public health system to benefit some 435,000 people.

Commenting on the funding Wambui Gichuri, Director of Water Development and Sanitation Department of the African Development Bank said: “In addition to improving water and sanitation services in the target areas, the project will ensure women’s equitable participation in decision making and provide alternative livelihood sources.”

The upgraded system will also provide water to more than 300,000 heads of livestock. Before now similar grants are contributing to poverty reduction, economic and social development in the least developed African countries.

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