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AfDB funds Rwanda with Rwf116 Billion to boost water supply and sanitation

By Samson Iradukunda
On 18 January 2019 at 08:52

The Government of Rwanda has secured an additional funding worth 115 million Euros (approximately Rwf116 billion) from the African Development Bank (AfDB) following a loan agreement signed to boost the sustainable water supply and sanitation program.

Adding to the initial funding which was worth 146.9 million Euros, the entire funding to the program is now 261.9 million Euros.

The financing is to cover water supply infrastructures in Rutsiro, Karongi, Rubavu, Nyabihu, Ngororero Kamonyi, Muhanga, Ruhango Nyanza, Bugesera, Ngoma, Kayonza, Gatsibo, Nyagatare and Musanze Districts including sanitation facilities to ten schools.

Water access in these districts is currently averaged at 45 percent, 40% lower than the national average which stands at 85%.

About more than 1.5 million people will get improved water supply services with 700,000 of them living in rural and peri-urban areas raising the total number of beneficiaries of the whole project to 5.4 million at completion in June 2023.

“This funding will improve the quality of life and socio-economic development of the people and promote economic growth and transformation,” said the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning after the signing of the agreement.

The AfDB Rwanda Country Manager Mrs. Martha Phiri said, “This additional financing increases the on-going Bank support to the water and sanitation sector in Rwanda to €282 million, demonstrating the Bank’s desire and readiness to match the Government of Rwanda’s ambitions to achieve speedy socio-economic transformation.”

As per objectives of the National Strategy for Transformation one (NST-1), Rwanda projects that by 2024, all households, schools and commercial facilities will have reliable access to clean water and sanitation services.


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